2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

October 28, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SKIRT...A REAL LABOR OF LOVE

....have you EVER seen a sewist make such a ruckus over a skirt???  It's so rare that I find sewing inspiration that really IGNITES passion, but when I do,it becomes a real OBSESSION.  I get sooooo excited when it happens and I immediately set out to make it happen.  And not just that, I show it to EVERYONE, talk about it endlessly (to the point where it probably makes them nauseous), and even offer to make one for them too.  I know crazy - right!

After one failed attempt (posted here) I attacked the project again early Saturday morning.  I started all over from scratch.  I had to re-draft the front of the pattern and cut it up for color blocking.  I picked the first skirt apart in an effort to salvage as much of the original fabric as possible.  I salvaged the entire back of the skirt, and one big block of gray from the front.  I re-cut the back to a smaller size (zipper had already been installed).  After a full day's labor of love my skirt is finished, and I am so happy with it.  Here are some pictures of my process.

 Here is an un-adorned picture of my second Carnival of Skirts Sew-a-long project.  I've ordered a red twinset and black booties to complete the inspiration look so I will be taking more pictures wearing it later.


It's been a fun skirt ride for me since September 5th, and although I've got more than enough skirts there are still 3 or 4 left on my inspiration board that I'd like to attack.  You just might see me working on one of them before too long.  I've completed my 2 skirt quota for the Sew-a-Long but now this dress calling my name.

It's a pattern I used a long time ago but I still so love my dress.  I'll be making some alterations to the pattern this time to close up the neckline just a little bit.  This time I'll be making it in black...



18 comments:

  1. Great looking skirt Faye. I love the colour blocking!!

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  2. Persistence pays and the skirt is coming along nicely.

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  3. Your second attempt of your inspiration skirt paid off! Your skirt looks great!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I'm trying to catch up with your sewing production.

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  4. Looking good. I'm glad you kept driving on.

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    1. Thank you for all your help Lisa!

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  5. your colorblock skirt came out wonderfully! I'm so glad you finally got the result you wanted. It will look great with the red twinset.

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  6. Your skirt turned out fabulous Faye! I just love it...this looks so RTW (or maybe better than RTW!). Great reward for hanging in there!

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  7. I love how it turned out!

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    1. Thank you, I am very pleased with it.

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  8. I'm so glad this skirt turned out the second time around. It looks great!

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  9. OOOOH, I love this skirt, Faye. Looks good on you, too. Great job!!

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