Today I have a little project to reveal…
Allison from The Tall Mama set me a challenge to dust off my sewing machine and complete a skirt project following her skirt tutorial.
Haven’t met Allison before? She is a beautiful tall mum. 6ft tall to be exact. She has two little girls and a wonderful husband. The goal of her blog is to inspire outfit choices, especially for tall women, & to teach simple DIY’s to make clothing fit your beautiful tall frame.
Read her blog here.
I am a fairly competent sewer but haven’t sewn anything since my youngest came along. (I also haven’t re-grouted the shower like I planned but who’s judging hey?)
My sewing style is Full-Throttle! I have very little patience and swear more than your drunk uncle at Christmas. There are often tantrums and tears but there are also triumphs.
My favourite item to date – This fabulous crop jacket (which no longer fits since I lost those 20 kilos post baby)
A little sneak peek at the material I used for my skirt.
Onto the skirt challenge. The directions are here if you are game to make your own skirt.
After a strong start that saw me measure, cut and sew my skirt in one afternoon. I got into a bit of a time funk.
My skirt sat un-hemmed and without elastic for approximately a week (ok, lets say two weeks).
The skirt and I enjoyed giving each other the stink eye until the weekend before I knew I had to do this article. Deadlines always kick me up the flat butt.
So in went the elastic. Up went the hem.
I gave my skirt a quick alteration by taking some of the volume off the sides and creating a more pencil shaped skirt. How did I know I needed to alter it? I tried it on during the sewing process. This is the key to ensuring your garment fits you and saves a lot of heartache (and un-picking) along the way.
So ….here it is. The finished product.
Now, I am not usually a skirt wearer but here is my big tip for wearing a style you don’t usually wear.
GO ALL IN! Pick a style or theme and really go for it.
I used red, white and blue with some retro styling to pull this outfit together. Red shoes, big sunnies and a simple white cami paired with delicate gold accessories ensure that this unfamiliar retro look doesn’t look utterly fake on me.
I loved getting the old sewing machine going again. Will I be sewing something else anytime soon? Um…….let’s see.
Tell me, what handy skill do you have? Are you a crafter, sewer, knitter or perhaps you kick arse in the kitchen? Share your skill in the comments below. I would love to know a little more about you.
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