I’ve tried to be pretty choosy when it comes to testing or “touring” a new pattern. I try to only choose patterns that I have considered making a similar style or that I would spend money on. This way I actually make things I’ll wear, and I’m much less stressed during the process. (It’s all about learning to say “no” in multiple aspects of our lives, right?) I want to expand my Tried-and-True patterns but very carefully and deliberately. Well, I exclusively wear pencil skirts, so I said “yes” to try to the new Runway Skirt pattern. It’s a pencil skirt for knits and stretch wovens with some fun gores on the back.
Let’s talk about the details of this Runway Skirt. I decided to do my own thing and not use a knit or stretch woven. I used a gray suiting that I think has a high polyester content so it didn’t press well. So I sized up and made a size 6 and the knee length version. I LOVE that this skirt has petite, average, and tall for each length. I wanted it to be a very fitted pencil skirt so after putting together the sides and gores in the back, I put it on to fit it. The waist fit well but there was extra room in the hips. This happens to me often since I’m a borderline rectangle. I would say the Runway Skirt’s measurements lean towards a pear. I took in the hips and all the way through the hem. I combined two pieces in the back reducing the gores from 5 to 3. I did a machine blind hem, and I had to add an invisible zipper since there was no stretch. I love invisible zippers because I can sew an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot. Learn how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. I also used the same gray suiting for the gores and cut them on the bias. They still stick out a little, but have great movement. Business in the front and PARTY in the back.
I often feel the pressure to make something special and different for a pattern tour, but then I often don’t wear it. I just made a solid gray skirt that will get worn often. It matches everything in my closet! And it matches my gray blazer. My husband suggested the idea so I could have a suit. I love it; I don’t really have anywhere to wear it, but I love the idea of it. They work great together and they work great separately with other pieces in my closet.
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!