Monday, July 6, 2009

Sewing Projects

I am not the best sewer. I know how to and I can do the basics, but reading patterns is not my forte. So I decided to tackle this head on and try and see if I could figure it out or if I need to take a sewing class. I decided to take on two projects this week. The first was an apron and the second was a skirt. I went to walmart and bought some cheap $1.50 a yard fabric for both projects. I figured if neither of these worked out, I would only be out a few dollars.

I started with the apron, because I knew it would be straightforward and very easy. I cut out the fabric and got started on the sewing. It wasn't long into it that I bagged the directions and did things my own way.
The apron turned out really well! If I make another one like that, I will make it just a little longer, but I definetly liked my way better than the instructions. After tackleing the apron, I got started on the skirt. Again I cut it out and got started on sewing, and again it wasn't too far into it that I used the instructions more as guidelines than as an actual how to.


I think the skirt turned out really well too! I had some problems with the zipper, but apparently most people do! I would definetly make this pattern again. Jordan helped me with the hem(since it is hard to hem something on yourself) and I need to go fix it a little, but all in all it worked out great! I talked to one of the ladies in my ward and she said she would help me out with my next sewing project, which will be a lot of help when it comes to zippers and hems! All in all, I think I am like my sisters when it comes to patterns. They are great guidelines, but they don't have to be followed to the T. You can do things your own way sometimes and it is ok. Thanks again to my mom for answering the phone every time I called to answer all my questions!

9 comments:

Becca said...

They turned out great. If you still want the link for the twirly skirt I made let me know. They are SOOO easy.

Clarkson said...

Nice job! I think it's totally in the Sorensen genes to bag the directions and make something up. I seriously can't follow a recipe to save my life, and just think of all the experiments Grandpa does (and probably your dad).

Ali said...

That skirt looks so great on you! I need more skirts in my wardrobe and I am less than happy with what I find in the stores...maybe I should get brave like you!

Jani said...

Wow. You look great. Good job. I hate sewing, myself. Possibly because my mom tried to teach me at a time when I was 11 and not in the mood to learn.

But I love to cross-stitch (as you may have noted). But cross-stitch just isn't practical. You've got the whole "really worth it" thing down.

Good job!

Heather said...

I love aprons!! Cute skirt. They both turned out really good. I'm like you with patterns, I don't always follow them to a T.

donnam said...

You did a great job on both projects!!!!

Rachel Ann said...

They turned out way cute Crystal! I am impressed! I have been wanting to try to make a skirt. Maybe once I get caught up on all my projects I will tackle that one. (My only problem is that I am never satisfied with the dollar fabric. I have very expensive taste.

THE TAYLORS said...

P.s. I love the color of the paint on your wall!

Kathryn said...

Ooo, I love aprons! And I love your Walmart Fabric!
I think I followed a pattern all the way through . . . once. The best thing about sewing your own stuff is that you get to choose how to interpret the pattern/change the pattern however you want.