As I watch my collection of skirts grow, all of this success is going straight to my head. I find myself studying more complex and complicated skirts, and I’ve started thinking about sewing a dress. A dress! I know at one point I would like to try sewing a sleeveless shirt or a nice casual tank. The thought of working with sleeves kind of scares me. *breathe* I just need to take baby steps toward my sewing goals and aspirations. One of these days, I need to work with different kinds of fabric besides my go-to cotton fabric. Again, the possibilities are endless.
From the brown plaid fabric, I decided to create two new skirts because I need practice and I could make each skirt a little different. With the Ellenbee August skirt, I added lace trim to the bottom hem to add an inch to the length. With the Faxon August (nickname for the second skirt) skirt, the hem line was perfect – so no tinkering or adjusting! Yay! Seriously, the little things in life make me so incredibly happy. From the beginning, I knew I would create a casing and run 1-inch elastic through it for the waistband.
I didn’t encounter any issues or problems with this skirt! A needle didn’t maliciously attack one of my fingers. Neither one of my cats were injured in the creation of this skirt. Best of all, I completed the skirt in a few days. When I tried on the skirt, I thought it needed a little jazz and decided to add a few buttons. At some point, I would love to add buttons near the upper waist area, but with the way I wear skirts, the decorative buttons would be hidden. So, I added three bottoms on the side seams near the hem of the skirt. I’m happy with the results.
Because I’m super short and super fat (well, not super fat), tucking a shirt into a skirt or adding a wide or skinny belt doesn’t look good on me at all. The tucked area or the belted area highlight my pudginess, which I can successfully hide when a shirt covers the elastic area of the skirt. The result is simple, cute, and effective. I’m not against adding a ribbon or bow near the waist area, I just have to make sure the extra material doesn’t me look like Godzilla or King Kong. Once again, practice makes perfect, and I still have a long way to perfection.