Another Skirt!

Am I being a chicken for not taking more risks with sewing? Or is it okay to continue to depend on pre-made patterns? I’m, in particular, referring to clothing. I’ve made a couple of skirts without a pre-made pattern by using my experiences from skirts that I made from a pattern… that’s how the learning process works, right? Also, I did make this Montessori apron without a pre-made pattern:) I just used an already existing apron to draw out my own pattern. Yeah, it was exciting because I drew out a pattern! I’m sure it’s not a biggy for the experienced sewer and you are probably thinking “ah, hun, that’s not really clothing“, but it sure was exciting for me! I admit I’m afraid to venture beyond skirts on my own. I have seen tutorials on how to make a dress, top, and pants pattern out of already existing clothing items… but not feeling ready for it just yet. In the meantime, I will continue to make pattern free skirts:D

So here’s another skirt that I have made… a tiered skirt with a drop waist…

I’ve combined experiences from two different skirts I’ve previously worked with: one with a drop waist and one that was a simple tiered skirt.  Then I sewed on flower embellishments with button centers. I cut the flowers with my Silhouette. Boy do I love my Silhouette!

Other than it being my own creation, the other exciting part is the camo print corduroy fabric. I rarely buy my fabric from Joann’s (Etsy is my #1 place to go), but at times I have found fabric I like and for a bargain! I got this camo print corduroy from the clearance section and the day I purchased it Joann’s had an additional 50% off all clearance. So it was $2/yard! That sure was a no brainer, don’t you think?! I purchased whatever was left which was about a yard, which was the perfect amount for the three tiers. For the drop waist I purchased a quarter yard of solid green corduroy… don’t worry I used a coupon for the solid green:) As soon as I found my deal of the day, I knew I was just going to make a fall/winter skirt for my younger stepdaughter Suraya.

To make it a complete outfit, I sewed on the same flower embellishment to a shirt that I purchased from Old Navy. I thought gray would add a nice touch to the outfit. What do you guys think?

Oh, and I did a “rolled hem” look at the bottom with gray thread. I don’t have a serger, so I did a close zig zag stitch around twice! Boy did that feel like it took forever!! However I was pleased with the end result:D A serger is on my wish list though:) I want it for the purpose of hemming and finishing raw edges. Do you guys think there is a sewing experience level needed before getting a serger? Other than hemming and finishing raw edges, what are other valuable usages of a serger?

6 Comments

  1. September 27, 2011  9:54 pm by Ann Reply

    Adorable skirts! I'm not very brave experimenting without a pre-made pattern. I've tried a few times--won some, lost a couple. Thanks for visiting my blog and your very kind comment.

  2. September 28, 2011  7:05 am by debbie Reply

    Cute skirt! I would love one in my size LOL!

  3. September 29, 2011  9:39 am by Kimberly Reply

    That is really cute! My daughter would love that!

  4. September 30, 2011  11:11 am by Jennifer Reply

    I would love to make this for my daughter! I think it is a perfect girly/sporty mix! Do you know the measurements you used for each tier? I think if I had an idea than I could experiment with finding just the right amount. (I am not experienced with sewing without instructions.) Thanks for sharing your creation!

  5. September 30, 2011  4:09 pm by julaybeeba Reply

    so cute. i bought a serger in my 3rd year of sewing and absolutely love it. its such a time saver. and makes every creation look so much more professional. i personally did not think any experience was needed. just follow the instructions in the book, thread the machine and go for it. just be careful. it cuts as it goes, so theres no room for error.

  6. October 3, 2011  8:57 am by imklvr Reply

    There is NOTHING wrong with using patterns! Please tell me there's nothing wrong with that! I don't think, in 50+ years of sewing, that I've made much of anything without a pattern.....NOT EVEN A SKIRT!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 So quit kicking yourself, kiddo! I would love to make my granddaughter a skirt like you did.....without a pattern? Can you teach an old dog new tricks??

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