Adventures in Sewing - Part 1

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I've been looking for the perfect tulip skirt forever, but I have this specific idea in my head of what I want it to look like and so far my search has been in vain. I realized a while ago that if I wanted exactly what I envisioned, I would have to make it. The problem is, usually when I get these kind of ideas I have a very precise style and fabric in mind, and more often than not I can never find the fabric I'm looking for. The local sewing shops never have the type of material I need and sometimes even the internet fails me. (Anyone know where I can find an indigo blue ikat printed material to make chair covers with?) So last week after work when I stopped by JoAnn Fabrics just to look (not expecting to find anything at all) not only did they have the exact fabric I wanted in the precise shade I was envisioning, but it was half off! If that's not a sign, I don't know what is. So I bought a yard and a half and I'm going to make a tulip skirt!

I haven't quite figured out how I want the pleats yet - hence the top photo for inspiration - but I know I want pockets and possibly an elastic back because I'm all about comfort. The fabric itself is a dusty rose-ish pink and is a moleskin so it has a little bit of a nap, which will make it a great winter/early spring skirt.

I have to say, I'm pretty excited about sewing again. I really haven't designed and sewn anything in a while, and I've been doing this for 7-8 years now. Want to see a blast from my past? The first thing I ever sewed way back in 2003.

It was a costume. Don't laugh.


  1. Yesss!! The elven dress! Such fond memories...sewing in my parent's basement...

  2. Ah! So jealous! I have ideas like that too...but no idea how to sew. I'm so jealous you can. Want to teach me? :)

  3. Thanks! Sewing really isn't that difficult. Lindsay taught me the basics and I pretty much taught myself from there.

    Lindsay - perhaps I should post the picture of my dress half finished, in my "evil Galadriel" pose....then again, maybe not.

  4. I've learned that the best way to sew is with patience. So much can go wrong, but if you are patient and take your time you get it right. Patience and precision. Two things I lack, yet somehow dig up in order to sew.

  5. Do it. If you won't, then maybe I'll just have to post both of the pics on my blog.


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