Thursday, May 17, 2012

8 weeks of sewing

And I made this!  My first garment -a fitted black and white pencil skirt.  Thank you to Ms. Edna at Durham Tech for giving me the skills to produce something just for me. 


Here's me right before leaving for my final class in which we had to wear our new skirts. We practiced making zippers over and over again, so now I think I can handle different things. Oh and I like to say this is my BEFORE shot!  LOL.


The fabric is from the Project Runway line at Joann's.  It's mostly cotton with a little bit of Polyester so it has a little bit of stretch to it. It's a medium weight fabric.   Here is the placket zipper. It's hidden by this little flap, like you have on your jeans. The zipper is in the back. I also created 2 darts in the front and 2 darts in the back.


This is the top of the skirt folded down so you can see that we had front and back facing pieces that we sewed into the skirt and the facing is lined with interfacing material.


Here is my back kick pleat.  This allows you to walk with ease.


And finally we added lace hem tape to the bottom of the skirt with the sewing machine and then folded up the hem, and hand stitched the hem tape, to give it a tailored look with no stitching seen from the outside. This skirt would apparently retail for around $200, but I made it for around $30. This does not obviously include the cost of the sewing machine, tools, and the class!


Here is the skirt laid out flat on a table so you can see the shape.


My certificate from Ms. Edna.  Proud of my accomplishment.


This lady is ready to tackle the sewing world!   But the next item on my "continuing education" agenda is "Interior Design" starting this summer.  And then the Upholstery class!


And a big thanks to my Mom for all the sewing tips she provided throughout the last 8 weeks.

xo
Cathleen

2 comments:

Sarni said...

YOU Look FABULOUS DARLING! Congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to seeing many more of your designer clothes. The fabric is wonderful too.

Cathleen Pearson said...

Aww, thanks Mom!

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