I used some amazing mint laser-cut fabric that I got at Joann’s Black Friday sale last year and some matching mint satin for lining. I love the color mint. This fabric was easy to work with, and the satin was easy to work with; it’s always kind of a surprise working with easy wovens after working with knits all the time. Don’t get me wrong, knits are still my favorite and forever will be, but sometimes it’s nice to work with wovens now and again.
I didn’t use a pattern, I just kind of winged it. I used a yard and a half of fabric and cut it half lengthwise. I made a straight waistband and then pleated the fabric to make it fit. It’s good to know how to stitch in the ditch for a smooth and flat waistband. I had to redo the pleats a couple of times to get them all evenly spaced. I find it easier to fold the pleats until they are right instead of trying to figure out the math of them. I always mess up the math somewhere have to redo it anyway. I did French seams throughout so it looks pretty inside and outside. I used an invisible zipper on the back because they are the easiest to install for me. I love invisible zippers because I can sew an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot. I did a rolled hem without a rolled hem foot at the bottom and left the laser-cut overlay 2″ longer for a nice look.
My only issue I’ve found with this fabric so far is that is that either my kids are poking their fingers in the holes or it sometimes gets caught on corners, drawer pulls, etc. It’s a little annoying, but the fabric has held up so I don’t think it’ll be that big of a deal.
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!