Cute Gingham Skirt For New Sewers (Simplicity 2286)
Guys, I did it. Finally. I made an actual article of clothing! I kind of made a skirt once before, but it ended up being completely unwearable. I was so intimidated by that pattern it took me six months to finish it, and then it ended up a disaster.
Needless to say, that didn’t help with my fear of sewing.
I can begin a knitting, crocheting, or embroidery project without a moment’s hesitation, but sewing? Sewing just terrifies me. I love clothes and am really particular about design, quality, and fit. Becoming a proficient sewing seems like the perfect way to build the wardrobe I want, but sewing projects can fail in such catastrophic ways.
I picked up this pattern (Simplicity 2286) right after I got my sewing machine when Hobby Lobby was having one of their sales where all patterns are $1. But I never got around to sewing it because I didn’t really like the way the skirt looked (and my fear didn’t help).
I’m still not totally in love, but I do have to admit I’m proud! The skirt took just a few hours to whip up, and I’ll likely be altering the pattern (it’s a bit too full for my taste as is) and making many variations.
Here are some photos from the process. It really was very easy, and I encourage everyone with similar sewing intimidation to go for it!
My materials! The pattern, a yard and a half of fabric, elastic, and rick rack. Not pictured: thread, sewing machine, measuring tape, pins, fabric pen, and scissors.
First, cut your pattern according to your size. Pin the paper onto the fabric and cut around it.
All cut! I kept the paper attached to the pieces until I was ready to use them to avoid confusion.
Sew, sew, sew, and trim the edges so they don’t fray.
Guiding the elastic through the waistband was the most time-consuming part.
Next time I maight make the waistband a bit wider.
I’ll also probably omit the rickrack on the pockets. I love rickrack, but I think it’s too girlish with this skirt.
The end result!
Like I said, I’m going to alter the pattern a bit and make another. I’m thinking a heavy cotton in navy.