A few weeks ago, I have decided to get back to sewing. But this time, alone, without any lessons. I used to taking sewing lessons last year but finally, I couldn’t attend to the course twice a month because of my work. And with a teacher, we tend do start too ambitious projects. It was my case! I was quickly discouraged because I was often not satisfied with my final projects : awful finitions, designs that didn’t fit to my body type, the fabric which was not lovely with the pattern design… When you don’t have the required experience, it is I find very difficult to imagine, from a pattern and a fabric, how would fit the final piece of clothe. I finally convinced myself that is was easier to buy! And it was also less time consuming, and less expensive. Because I has always a crush on expensive fabrics like Liberty at the price of 24€/meter… When you finish with an unwearable piece of clothe, it just breaks your heart (my fault, I never start with trials pieces!)… But recently, I wanted to get back to sewing with super easy projects.
A super easy sewing project : the pleated skirt
It is a super easy project : no buttons, no zip… I have found a very clear tuto on Laisse Lucie Fer blog. In fact, you just need to cut a rectangle in your measures in the fabric. Then :
- Sew the borders together,
- Fold the fabric twice to make the elastic band border,
- Put the elastic band inside with a safety pin,
- Sew the hem.
I used Miss Matatabi Japanese e-shop fabric (link here) which distributes cute and original print fabrics and delivers all over the word (about 3€ the shipping fees to France for a meter of fabric).
For the measures, I have left the width of 115 cm and I have chosen a length of 40 cm. As I like small hems of 1 cm, I cut a rectangle of 115 cm x 45 cm (wanted length of 40 cm + (elastic band width of 1 cm + 0.5 cm of sewing margin) x 2 + 2 cm of hem.
To complexify things, and as I wanted to feel more comfortable in my skirt, I have also sewed a white lining in a soft fabric. For the lining, cut a rectangle of 115 cm x 41 cm. And start to sew the lining on the main fabric to be able to work with one and unique rectangle of fabric.
I don’t regret having chosen this project at all because for once, I am satisfied with the result. Finishing are clean, both outside and inside.
A preppy outfit on a vintage touch
I show you today a preppy outfit on a vintage touch. The print bulldog skirt and the black patent shoes from André bring the preppy touch. To break this “little girl” style, I have added a H&M denim shirt.
The skirt is already very colorful (red, pale blue, black and white), so to highlight it, I have consciously paired a black bag.
Concerning the accessories, I wear two Maty bracelets (the wrist size is adjustable) and Barbarisme Paris earrings.
Have a lovely week, Xxx.
Fashion advice for petites
A “vertical” outfit that lengthens thanks to the shirt and the vertical stripes skirt. Make attention that the skirt is high waist enough and don’t forget to put your shirt inside the skirt!
Handmade skirt, Miss Matatabi fabric, available in navy blue here – H&M shirt, blue denim color (new co) – Sézane bag, Belli design – André shoes, T36, to be worn with soles (new co) – Maty bracelets, in gold yellow here and pink gold here* – Barbarisme Paris earrings (old)*
Photos : Japan Bridge, La Défense