It has been a long time since I’ve sewn for myself. I have spent nearly 4 years being pregnant, recovering my body from being pregnant, and repeating the cycle. I love my kiddos, and enjoyed the time I carried them, but I was totally uninterested in sewing for myself.
And now with a 3 yr. old and an 18 month old I’m thinking it’s time to start sewing for me again, before you know I consider repeating the cycle…maybe.
The problem is sewing can be frustrating, especially when certain aspects of your shape aren’t what most patterns, or store bought clothes are built for.
When Sew Country Chick announced a month long draft-a-long I thought this would be a great chance to do some pattern drafting practice. It gets much more complicated when you hop over from designing things for kids, because we adults have curves.
First up an A-line skirt.
We are using Design-it Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch. I got my copy at the library. Test the waters before I committed.
I used some large tracing paper I had on hand laid over my quilting grid to draft. I did invest in a hip curve ruler. But other than that basic sewing supplies got the job done.
I had measurements and a basic plan, but after I read Justine’s post on her pattern draft I decided to be brave and cut down my sweep (circumference of my hem). I had been really nervous I wouldn’t be able to walk in it and really over buffered.
Can you believe it this first muslin fits?! Now if you look carefully you may notice that I cut one of my pattern pieces a little wider than the pattern. At the last minute I panicked that I hadn’t added enough back in to make up for my backside darts. I’m glad I did, that quarter of an inch probably made this skirt a win instead of a little tight.
It even sits nicely across the backside. The best part about drafting my own pattern is this skirt fits smoothly against my newly reclaimed waistline but still allows room for my not so tiny hips. I always have weird gaps in store bought clothes.
I’m counting this week as a confidence builder. I’m much more nervous to tackle tops and my sizing issues there. But we can chat about that next week.
There is a 7″ side zipper closure and a simple bias tape waist treatment.
For a Midwest winter this is right around my go-to length. A thick cable tight and a pair of boots make a skirt at this length do able for at least part of the winter.
Want to join in the Draft-a-long? There is still plenty of time. Justine is posting her pattern draft on Tuesday’s and sewing experience on Friday HERE.
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