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« on: May 20, 2010 10:00:49 AM »

Are there any teachers out here who make some of their own clothes to wear to work?  I am a beginner in sewing.  I will be student teaching in fall and would like to make a few skirts to wear while student teaching ( I HATE wearing dress pants!) and am looking for easy patterns. 

So basically, I am just wondering what easy patterns you guys like that still look appropriate for teaching in and also, what kind of shoes do you wear with the clothes for work?  I am a bit lost in the shoe department...

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010 08:18:16 PM »

Tulip skirts are always fun! Try this one:


I made one in quilting cotton with the back part taken from a pencil skirt pattern. It's super cute and flattering on a variety of body shapes. I used a flat back because I have a bum, but if you have a flat bum, by all means use the pleated back Smiley

You could also make a circle skirt or gathered circle skirt. There is a tute
 around for a regular one somewhere on here, I think... A gathered circle skirt just has the waist opening larger than your hips, gathered into a waistband, while a regular one has the waist opening the same as your waist and is also put onto a waistband.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010 06:35:02 AM »

Any skirt pattern could work, the things to mainly consider are the length (make sure it it approximately knee length) and that material (not that you need to be boring but make sure it will not detract from your teaching or position of authority).

As for what to wear with it I recommend basic comfortable shoes (you will be on your feet most of the time).  I had a lot of teachers that wore running shoes with their skirts but that might not be wise for you as you are starting out.  Instead consider shoes like hush puppies, oxfords, or something else that you find comfortable but still looks presentable.  You may want to ask someone else about shoes though as I typically wear my doc marten's with my business attire. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010 09:16:15 AM »

I don't teach, but the dress style of my office is pretty comparable to most schools around here, and I make some of my own clothes.  This is far and away my favorite skirt shape:  http://butterick.mccall.com/b4136-products-1132.php?page_id=367  though I usually add a waistband (or fully line it, instead of facings).  It's super flattering to most shapes, and really comfortable.  I've made similar skirts in both the narrow and wide styles in linen, cotton, twill, eyelet, and faux suede.  The faux suede (narrow), cotton (full), and eyelet (full) are seasonal, but the linen (full) and twill (narrow) work year round.  And the different fabrics make each one look really unique.

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010 06:18:18 AM »

I have been a high school/college Rnglish instuctor, and make many of my own skirts.  I prefer skirts to pants.  Two very easy skirts to make are as follows.
1. Get a short sleeved tee shirt 1-2 sizes bigger than you normally wear.  A plain color is best.  Sew the ends of the sleeves shut.  Cut slits along the shoulder seams jut long enough so the opening can fit over your hips but not fall off your waist.  Stay stitch both ends of the neckline cuts.  Pull the skirt on, and tuck the sleeve pockets down inside.  You will have a sort of tulip look skirt.  I suggest trying one with an old tee or a thrift shop tee to see if you like the look.  As a slip, wear a pair of cotton bike shorts underneath.                                         2. You need a rectangle of fabric 2" wider than your  hip measurement, and 3 " longer than you want the finished skirt to be. You also need a piece of elastic 3/4 as long as your waist measurement.  Depending on your measurements, you might be able to use 1 straight piece, or sew together 2 panels to make the rectangle.  Hem 1 long side of your rectangle with a narrow 1/2" hem.  Make a casing along the other long side that wil fit your elastic.  Sew the seam at the short end of the rectangle to the bottom of the casing.  Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing, stitch the ends together, then hand sew the casing together.  Distribute the gathers equally around the waist.  Be sure to press each seam and hem and casing as you complete it.  This gives you a straight skirt with a gathered waist.  I suggest cotton or cotton poly blend fabric for your first attempt. I hope these directions are helpful.
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