Planning My First Project

My first project will be a black a-line skirt. I’ve practically lived in my current one for longer than I’d like to admit, and it seems like a simple project too. I’ve found a free pattern for one here and it has an elastic waistband, so it looks like a perfect simple beginner’s project.

I bought my fabric, a mystery black synthetic (probably polyester, but I don’t know how to tell for sure) with a bit of lycra in it, so that it has just enough stretch to it to be easy to move in and practical. I have some elastic, have printed out my pattern and am ready to get started.

This is going to be a bit of an adventure for me. It’s the first time that I’ve ever made anything from a pattern that I haven’t drafted myself. But it’s an a-line skirt and my waist measurement is exactly that of the one on the pattern’s sizing chart, so I’m pretty certain (or at least hopeful) that it will be just fine.

Back to Sewing

Six years ago, I used to sew all the time.  I took classes nearly every day– I guess you could say I was in part-time, unofficial fashion design school.  I learned a lot, and would say that I was an “Advanced Beginner.”

And then I got married.  Sigh.  Moving around from one apartment to another, packing and unpacking, getting pregnant and nauseas and being a tired mommy– somehow sewing just fell out of my life.  I’d pull the machine out of storage every (very) once and a while to do some mending, but overall I never even touched a needle or thread.

But now I’m ready to get started again.  I don’t know what it is exactly, but I rearranged our bedroom, set up a sewing table, and am determined to get started again.

My goals are to learn techniques, improve my skills, finish projects, and fashionably outfit my family in the process.