Sunday, November 26, 2017

McCalls 6654 - An easy make

McCalls 6654 in a quilted knit

The pattern description for McCalls 6654 is "misses skirts in 7 lengths: semi-fitted or loose-fitting skirts have elasticized waistband and narrow hem".

This skirt doesn't look like those elastic waist skirts that result from a home economics or childrens' beginning sewing class.  It looks terrific.  The waistband is sewn on and then elasticized.  I think that helps eliminate the dreaded bubble tummy, bubble behind look.

I made mine from a quilted knit that's been in my stash for a long time.  I think I got it at Hancock's.  I've seen a few similar knits online at Stylemaker Fabrics.  It's super easy to work with and looks terrific in this style.  I think a few more of these knit skirts are in my future.  Easy to make, easy to launder, and doesn't wrinkle after sitting at a desk all day!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Gearing up

My sewing has been sporadic for the last few years.  Life gets in the way if you let it, and I did.  It's time to get back to it, especially to enjoy the creative aspects and regain those times where I zone out from the world mid project.  What a great stress buster!  I'm pretty uninspired when I look in my closet these days, so it will be lovely to have clothing I'm excited to wear, fits nicely, and is well made.  I'm fed up with fast fashion and the state of the garment industry so my action will support how I feel about the sustainability of our planet and our responsibility to care for the earth.

I'm not known for doing things the easy way, so I've decided to be a little extreme in 2018.  I'm committing to a challenge of only having things enter my wardrobe that I've made.  This is part of a 2018 Ready to Wear Fast that Sarah Gunn at Goodbye Valentino has organized.  I wasn't going to actually register for the challenge, but changed my mind.  I decided it will be a good way to stay accountable, and the sewing community that results should be alot of fun and inspiration.  Sarah's success with fasting from ready to wear when she started her blog several years ago alone is enough inspiration to give it a try.  The garments she has produced are fabulous!

Here's to gearing up for the challenge!

P.S.  Did you know that Heather Lou was inspired to start Closet Case Patterns as a result of her decision to wear only clothes that she made?  True story!

McCalls 6654 - An easy make

McCalls 6654 in a quilted knit The pattern description for  McCalls 6654 is "misses skirts in 7 lengths: semi-fitted or loose-fi...