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« on: March 20, 2006 06:34:51 AM »

I joined the Sew? I Knit! blog (a project for knitters who want to learn to sew, our challenge was to make a skirt by March 20th). And here's my finished skirt! I finished this up Thursday night but didn't get a chance to post til now. It only took me a couple hours to do the actual sewing once I got all the pieces ready and sat down to do it.

The only modifications I made to the pattern was taking 2" off the length. You can't see it in the pic, but the skirt is about an inch shorter than I wanted it (it comes right above the knee). I plan on making this pattern again so next time I will only take it up an inch.

I didn't make any other alterations to the pattern, but next time I make it I'm going to take in the darts more (it's a few inches too big in the waist) and lengthen the back a bit (the hem seems tilted because of my big butt).

The pattern I used was Burda 8280. I also have added a review of the pattern to the excellent Patternreview.com which has been really helpful to me so far.

Overall I'm really happy with this. I plan on making several of these in linen to wear for the spring and summer. I'm pretty hooked now and can't wait to use my sewing machine more. It's easier than I thought it would be.

If you're interested in seeing progress pics or my other crafting ventures, check out the Crafting Archives @ myaimistrue.com

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2006 06:37:05 AM »

Go you!

I love sewing skirts.  Once you get a pattern exactly how you like it, it'll take about 30 minutes to cut and sew any skirt.  It's SEW easy!

It looks great on you and the color is really nice.


« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006 11:53:38 AM »

Congratulations on your first sewn item!  Now you are One-of-Us!  Muwahhhaahhaahaa!
(Just kidding)

I love your skirt.  It looks very J. Jill to me and I love J. Jill! 

One question, did you find working with linen difficult?  I find it hard to work with.  Does anyone have tips on working with linen?  It is such a wonderful summery fabric and I would love to make some skirts and shorts. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006 11:57:15 AM »

One question, did you find working with linen difficult?

Well like I said this is the first thing I've ever made with a sewing machine, so I have no point of reference as to how difficult it is. I didn't find it too difficult. Any of the problems I had were due to my cutting being a little wonky.

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2006 11:43:43 PM »

That skirt is lovely, you have done a great job ( I wish my first skirt was so well made Wink). Don't worry about skirt being to short it is not e sin to show a little bit of a knee, if it still bothers you can always ad a ruffle ore a trim.

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2006 04:38:17 AM »

Great job Amber, congradulations.  The skirt is cute.  And you are right, once you get the pattern the way you like it, you will use it a lot and it is fast.  Keep it up.

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