Yesterday i was at Kate Spade Saturday, there was a printed skirt selling at S$180! It is a simple a line wrap skirt (unable find a picture of it) but i think i can possibly make a similar one.
I bought this pattern very very long ago and attempted it once 3 years ago.
It was not successful as i didnt trace the pattern and merely tried to cut the fabric at best (with the pattern against the fabric) and the ambitious me even wanted to put piping.
The skirt is probably somewhere lying in the heap of fabric with the piping exposing and ill -fitting that i just wish to ‘archive’ it.
Hope came again when i went for the workshop briefing organised by taft.org on sat. They emphasized the importance of basic skills and the progressive learning of basic top, skirt to dress, jacket.
While i admit i am not very skilled, surely i can do better than making a basic top? I think while the basics can be taught, one would still need to sew frequently to master the skill. That’s my two cents worth.
Anyway the course is not expensive and you get a wsq certificate which i am not sure should be the reason if i do take it. They do not allow you to “jump” to the course of dress and jacket without going through the other course like basic top, skirt, understand garment construction.
I will think about it.
Anyway, i took out this pattern and used a fabric that i bought quite sometime back.
I cut size 6. In a few hours, with the invisible zipper inserted, the skirt is done. I dislike the thick waist.
It just didn’t fit very well. I decided to fold half the waist down and it is much more acceptable!
The waist band now has a nice V fold. I like it very much!
I suppose if i sew every week i will get better.
Hub has a more than 10 years old shirt with a collar that is in bad shape. The fabric has broken and to me, it is quite impossible to salvage it (limited tailoring skills of mine).
With his kind permission, i up cycled it to a pair of pants for ds2. Luckily there is sufficient fabric and even to make a nice pocket.
I used the pine cone pattern from “sew like my mom”.
While i quite like the buttons down one side on the pants, i wonder if it is comfy for ds2 to wear.
Any comments if the buttons should stay or go?
I have feedback from friends that they hated their mother’s handmade clothings when they werr young and i see that my dd (hitting adolescent) has kinda stopped wearing the lovely skirts i made for her. Even the ds1 expressed that he rather wear uniqlo pants.
So it seems that i should concentrate making clothings for ds2 since he has not developed a taste of his own. Gladly he parades in these pants especially if his name is monogrammed.
I made this in an hour and made the side pocket from the scraps after cutting the main fabric.
It does look like quilting.
The fabric is from ikea. I really need to work hard to reduce my stash.
They were at the library close to my house and yes! Seamstress/ tailors have contributed to the growth of Singapore, from a fishing village to a metropolitan city in 50 years.
Some zoom ins
I do remember sewing from home to earn extra cash was quite a norm in the 70s. My mom was also one of those housewives earning some spare cash to keep the family going.
I do recall seeing a picture of me (probably 5 years old), standing beside mom, who is paddling the manual sewing machine.