Finished My First Skirt

In the previous post, I talked about wanting to sew a skirt. I had never made a wearable before and I was anxious to give it a try. That Friday night as soon as I got home, I got to work. I started at about 5:30 p.m. and finished at about 9:00 p.m. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

One thing I wish I knew how to do was put in a lining. I like linings because they don’t stick to your tights. So, it is necessary that I wear a slip with this skirt when wearing it with tights. So, I put a slip with it and it wears beautifully.

I actually wore the skirt on Saturday (the very next day) to get a feel for it. I wore it a bit more casual with my cowboy boots and Elsa jacket. Today, I dressed it up just a bit by putting it with my ankle boots and Hortencia cardigan. (OAN: I wear this Hortencia cardigan so much! The black makes it so versatile. It comes second as my most worn wearable. This red cowl comes first.)

Let’s talk about the issues I had with the project. My main issue is, I can’t sew straight. I would start at a the correct point and then the line would just start to veer off course and end up at the edge or off the skirt completely. I had to rip back my first seam and start over. It’s funny because I didn’t have a seam ripper so, I just used a very small steel crochet hook and it worked like a charm. Once I continued to work on the skirt, I got better at it. I learned that I do better when I hold both hands on the work. At first, I was just using one hand. I feel with practice I can overcome that feat.

This fabric was purchased at a thrift store about a year ago and it is 100% cotton.

Well, here is the finished product…

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This tutorial for this skirt can be found HERE.

8 thoughts on “Finished My First Skirt

  1. Looks pretty good for a first skirt! To add a lining I think I would cut a piece of lining fabric that is the same width as the fashion fabric but that is shorter so that it won’t peep out from under the hem. Sew the top of the front fashion fabric and lining fabric right sides together. Do the same for the back. Put the front and back right sides together, front and back lining and front and back fashion fabric should match up. Sew the side seams, so you sew the lining and fashion fabric side seams in one go! Fold the lining to the inside making sure to have the fashion fabric fold back enough to the lining side to create the tunnel for the elastic. Sew the tunnel and insert elastic. Hem fashion fabric and lining fabric separately. I hope this make sense.

  2. I had trouble sewing in straight lines, too, but then I was instructed to look at the guide lines of the needle plate rather than the needle. Now, I’m a bit less terrible at straight lines. 🙂

  3. Hey, well done! It looks really cute 🙂 and practice does make perfect – my seams still aren’t always straight, and I now have two seam rippers, but hey, in the end, I usually get there, and love what I make, and that’s really all that matters, right? Enjoy your skirt!

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