Miss Bossy’s Flirty Skirt

My time in my sewing room has been limited for the last month and a half, but I managed to finish my miss bossy project for The Monthly Stitch. I had asked for everyone’s input as to which one of three patterns I should sew for the March Challenge over at The Monthly Stitch. Of the three the favorite was McCall’s 6842. It was the pattern that I was hoping would win the vote all along. I couldn’t wait to sew it up! However, there was one little surgery that kept me from my sewing room for a good two weeks and even after that I was limited with how much I could sew. On a positive note, I needed the surgery and my hip is doing much better than before. I’m even in much less pain and that includes being sore from physical therapy! I’m still on crutches, but I’m hoping to be off them this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Back to the skirt! You might be looking at it and thinking that fabric was never on the blog and you would be right. I had a minor catastrophe while sewing the houndstooth fabrics up. My serger knife ate them! Grrr! Both of the pieces are curved and you have to ease them together as you sew to make sure they line up. Both of the fabrics were heavy enough that they didn’t want to ease together easily and before I realized it my serger ate the fabric. I was so mad that I didn’t want to risk using my butterfly fabric, so I grabbed a fabric that I was ok if it didn’t turn out. To my surprise it sewed up well and I love this skirt! I want to make at least two if not three more.

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This pattern was designed for wovens and not stretch fabrics I made a few changes. I traced and cut out a size smaller than recommended and I cut the back piece on the fold. Make sure that when you make a change like that you remove the seam allowance on one side of the new pattern piece. Since you won’t be inserting a zipper or center back seam you will only need the SA for the sides. I was lazy and didn’t hem this and I finished the waistband with black foldover elastic. Such an easy way to finish knit waistbands!

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You can get an idea of how well this skirt moves and flows with these pictures!

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The only changes I might make to this pattern is to lower the waist about an inch. If I wasn’t trying to pattern stash bust I would be making another one of these right now! On that note I have something to admit: I bought patterns, but it the perfect pattern parcel! So it was for a good cause! I am also making some changes to my sewlution for this year. I had wanted to only buy patterns after I had made three unused patterns. I realized this wasn’t the best way to address my stash, so here is what I’m doing instead. I will no longer buy patterns from McCall’s or Butterick. I am lumping Vogue in with them as well, however I will consider buying if the pattern is unique. From here on out I want to only buy indie patterns and the occasional Simplicity pattern. Hopefully this way I will be able to limit getting patterns that will not sew up well. Anyone else change their sewlution or resolutions this year?



Me Made May 2013

So you may have guessed that I am taking part in Me Made ’13. I have been wanting to take part since I discovered its existence last year. So here I am! Full steam ahead!  So without further ado: Drum roll, please?

‘I, Erin Twirls of https://twirldesigns.wordpress.com/, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavor to wear one self-made garment on at least one day each weekend for the duration of May 2013’

So there’s my pledge and I’m sticking to it. I will try to at minimum wear one item on one weekend, but watch out for more than that! Yesterday was a photo shoot day up in San Marcos, Texas with a friend of mine that runs Medrano Photoraphy out of San Antonio, Texas. Go check her out! She was up there to take photos for the Central Texas Toy & Comic Expo. I was just along for the ride and quite enjoyed being able to take photos quite so freely. Because of the photo shoot I didn’t get to wear any Me Made items. I wore a Medrano Photography t-shirt almost all day long. So today is my Me Made May day!

I started the day out by wearing a pair of wide leg knit pants that I absolutely love! But after a day of tracing and cutting out patterns, I completed a top to wear for the remainder of the day.

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That’s my first Me Made May ’13 outfit. Yes, I said outfit! Not only did I wear one item, but I made another and proceeded to wear it. Perfection in my mind! The pants I’ve already talked about in an earlier post, but the top was made today. It’s made out of a blue almost sheer knit fabric I had in my stash. The pattern is New Look 6814, but with a few changes. The top and bottom were raised around two inches so there would be a deep enough channel for a thick ribbon if desired. I ended up using a thinner ribbon I had in my stash, but I’ll be changing that in the coming weeks.  the top is designed for a ribbon that is at least an inch wide and has a nice soft drape to it. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for the perfect ribbon for it.

I have multiple posts in mind for the coming weeks and hopefully I will be able to keep up with it. Sorry for the long absence from the blog. I’ve been dealing with a hip injury that  has turned into chronic pain. It took a while but it is diagnosed and I’m even close to pain-free today because of some new medicine. Woot! That means I can sew! I do almost all of my sewing standing up since my machines are on a shelf that is a bit above my waist. I love it except for when my hip acts up, which means I’m not truly comfortable standing or sitting at a ninety degree angle. Only laying down or reclining seems to help. But today, I’m practically pain-free! I’ll take it and each day like it that I can get!

But for now, more pics:

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I love posing in front of the rose garden me and my husband planted

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Ooooh, look! A rose! I must smell!