From To-Do to TaDa!


After my little mishap last week, I decided I’d spend my weekend rebuilding my confidence in my sewing. I have a small hall closet that I use to store all my craft stuff including sewing projects in process. All of the projects are in different stages. Some just needed a quick hem, others were waiting on sleeves. Don’t ask me why these projects have yet to be finished. It’s some weird thing I have about doing things to 99% completion and then walking away. If I think about it too much, I’ll need therapy.

Instead, I decided to take on some of those projects today and in the end I have four new items I’ve added to my closet.

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First up was this white eyelet lace sheath. You may remember photos of this on my Instagram a few weeks ago. All it needed was a hem, so I sewed on some bias tape and tada, done! But, now it’s after Labor Day and the appeal of having a bright white sun dress has wained. so, I dug around in my closet and found a denim vest, infinity scarf, and my suede booties. It’s all so perfectly fall and I can’t wait to wear it.  I can even see it with opaque black tights, black booties and an oversized blazer for the colder winter months. I really love how this dress can be worn year round.

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Next up was this Anthropologie inspired skirt. It was designed from a basic pencil skirt pattern but altered to give it a ton of sass. You basically make the skirt from lining fabric. Cut long strips of you main fabric on the bias. Cut 10″-12″ doughnuts where the width from the little hole to the big whole is the same as the width of your bias strips. To assemble, mark your skirt to make sure the layers are all even. Then, just wrap your bias strips around the skirt. Take different lengths of the doughnuts (combining 2 or more of them for extra length) and tuck them under the bottom four layers on the side of the skirt. There was a tutorial with more details on how to do this floating around somewhere, but I can’t find it now. If I dig it up, I’ll let ya’ll know.

Finally, I grabbed two skirts that were already in my closet, but I wasn’t totally thrilled with the construction. I made them when I was still a beginner sewer and knew I could improve them with minimal effort with my new skills. One of them wasn’t even hemmed and the waistband wasn’t sewed down from the inside. LOL. What was I thinking? The other just needed an update to the invisible zip installation. I’ll feel much better about wearing both of these this week.

I coudn’t be happier with my progress today. And, I must admit, I’m feeling a lot better about my sewing skills. Now, if only I could work up the courage to re-start my Belladone.


This post brought to you as part of the National Sewing Month series!


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