Starting the New Year with some Shine

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Every year I am surprised at how fast the year goes by... 2015 felt somewhat different in the end. I think this is because I have grown a lot in these last twelve months. I think it's important to take time to reflect on what we do, in order to learn from our setbacks and not let our failures defeat us. As well as taking the time to appreciate ourselves, when it's due.

Like many of you, I like to set goals for myself. As the year begins, I usually create a long list of things I want to improve in my life, but for 2016... I only have one thing on my list. This year my goal is to challenge myself in uncomfortable situations. In order to grow as an individual, I need to push myself out of my comfort zone. And this blog is one part of my life that challenges me to put my best forward and I hope that continues into 2016.

 If you want a custom made skirt like this, check out my previous post about how to order one for yourself or a friend!

On to the Skirt:
There is nothing more regal than a full skirt! This is my go to design for formal/elegant skirt. What I love about it is that you can dress it up with a fancy blouse or do something a bit subtle with a solid top.

Here is what I used -

Time: ~2.5 hours
Level: Intermediate

- 2 yards of cotton fabric (non-knit) 
- 9 inch Zipper (use a zipper foot)
- Thread & Scissors 
- Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine

On to the How!
- I wanted this skirt to look as full as I could possibly make it, in doing so I made box pleats. I remember when I first learned how to make these pleats...lets just say I struggled a lot. But I am so glad I pulled through and learned this technique because it makes the skirt look so clean cut and professional. As a beginner, you will need a lot of fabric pins (& patience), when making these pleats. 

- Once you make your pleats, measure your fabric and make sure it matches your waist measurements plus 1 inch for (seam allowance and zipper). For example, my waist is 28 + 1 inch = 29 inches all around the top.
- Now you are ready to go to the sewing machine! Straight stitch down the top of the box pleats (like in the photo above). Next, we need to make a waistband. Cut a 4 inch strip of fabric that is as long as the waistline of the skirt. Then, fold the waistband in half and sew it down to the skirt. You should now have your skirt and waistband attached (like below).

Adding the Zipper! (Using a Zipper Foot)
- Stay with me, this part can get a bit confusing. You start by taking your zipper and laying it on top of the skirt and waistband and measure how far down it goes. Then take a fabric pin and place it 1-inch above that length. (Don't attach the zipper yet!)
- Put your zipper aside. And sew the two sides of the skirt together, starting from the bottom and ending at the fabric pin.
- Sew the sides of the zipper down using a zipper foot, but if you don't have one, just hand-stitch it; takes more time, but the results are still good.

- Last, but not least...Hem the bottom! 

I know this may seem tricky at first, but trust me you will get the hang of it! I hope this helps you and inspires you to learn more sewing techniques!

Let me know if you have any questions:

Also, if you want this skirt custom made for yourself.
Check out my last post on how to order.

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