Friday, May 13, 2011

finally--i sewed a skirt!

home sewn wrap skirt--McCall's M5430
{McCalls M5430}

home sewn wrap skirt


home sewn wrap skirt

Oh my goodness, what a week I've had (actually the past few weeks have been busy and stressful--and not in a good way. All work related stress--the family is good).

I've realized lately how important routines are for me. I just fare so much better when I have and stick to a schedule. It seems like lately my normal routines have all been neglected or askew, but last weekend I made a special point of having what I'd like to think of as a "normal" Saturday. Putting the house in order in the morning, and then a few hours of sewing time after that. It's so restorative! I used the time to finish this wrap skirt. It took me much longer than the "one hour" promised on the pattern! I know I'm a slow sewer, but honestly, I think one hour is completely unrealistic--this skirt has a long hem, a waistband in three pieces, and lined pockets.

Anyway, this was a fun pattern to sew up, and I'm pretty happy with the result. It's a bit fuller than I expected, but I'm actually kind of enjoying it. The fullness and the big bow make it fun and feminine--sort of a young look, but I think I can pull it off. And I do love this shade of green. Sewing my own clothes is always such a crazy endeavor--they never turn out quite like I'd hoped--but on the other hand, you end up with something no one else has and there's just something a bit cool about wearing a garment you've sewn yourself.

Next up: hopefully a coffee cozy and a big yellow comforter cover (I need to get on cutting a bunch of squares. It's basically going to be like this one, only with yellow thrifted sheets). And I'd love to buy and make this pattern. So cute!

14 comments:

soilmama said...

You look cute! Love the skirt by itself and on you. A nice look, especially with your boys.

I really enjoy and relate to each of your posts--thanks for blogging!
sharon

Vic said...

Oh wow that is gorgeous! The colour, the pockets, everything, I love it & you more than pull it off, you rock it. ;)

How long *did* it take you in the end?

Mary Beth said...

Vic--honestly, it took about 5-6 hours total. It was fun, though. (I worked on 3 separate days . . .)

And thank you!!

Emma said...

I think the skirt is gorgeous - what a great colour for Spring and Summer!

Sian Lile said...

i love the skirt, the design and colour and it looks great on!
i might try and make one too...x

Kelly and Kelly said...

love the skirt - you look great!!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Cute Cute Cute!! That color is perfection. You look super fun!

Nettie said...

I love the skirt! I'm curious what type of fabric you used, it looks to have nice body and hang just right. I'm sure I could never finish it in 1 hr either.

Mary Beth said...

Nettie--it's a linen and cotton blend from Joann!

Kimberly said...

The skirt is so cute and you absolutely pull it off. The color is quite spring and chic. I started making a skirt for myself in a sewing class over the winter and have yet to finish it. I enjoy sewing for my son much more so than for myself it seems.

Earth Mama said...

Love the skirt. And your cutie in his underware! It is so great when I figure out things about myself that helps me through my days...everyone benefits!

:)Lisa

Sarah said...

that skirt is absolutely adorable!

likeschocolate said...

What a great skirt! I love to wear skirts and this one is right up my ally.

Nicola said...

super cute! you and the skirt!