Tonight was my trouser sewing class. We were set to work on tissue fitting our patterns. It would have been a whole lot more helpful if I had remembered to bring my pattern peices! I was in a rush this morning and shot out the door without them. So unfortunately I don’t have any insights to share on the trouser front. 😦
But I do have a couple more finished projects! Mr. B and I are going to Hawaii for vacation next week. So I wanted to make some quick, comfy skirts for the trip. I was thinking lightweight, zipper-free, and something that can easily get tossed over a swimsuit. Here’s the first one:
It’s just a really simple elastic waistband skirt. I didn’t use a pattern, I just cut two pieces of fabric that were 1.5 times my waist measurement, by the length I wanted, plus 2 1/2 inches for the waistband and hem. There are lots of tutorials online for elastic waistband skirts. I found these two helpful: Elastic Waist Skirt Tutorial – Mama Edition and How to Make an Elastic Waistband Skirt
After I had the elastic in place, I sewed two lines of stitching through the casing and the elastic to prevent it from rolling or folding over. I got the idea from my gym shorts! I stretched the elastic as I sewed over it, so that the waistband would stay nice and stretchy and fit over my hips. Pulling the elastic and sewing was a little tricky at first, and my stitching isn’t exactly even, but I’m not getting hung up on it.
When the skirt was done, I felt it looked a little too plain. So I added a some embroidery to one corner. The design came from the Hoop Love Vintage Transfers group on Flickr.
The second skirt is actually a refashion. I had this dress/coverup thing that I never wore because the top didn’t fit right, and it was super short on me.