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Have you ever thought how “ugh”, “blerg” or “eeek” you look and then a few years down the track you look back and think how good you actually did look, even though you couldn’t see it at the time?
Even after I started sewing and could make clothes to suit all my lumps and bumps, I used to think . . . . “oh I don’t want to “waste” the fabric” . . . . “I’ll wait until I’m happy how I look to sew for me, I want to make sure I get enough wear out of it”.
Well inspired by the recent “Beautiful Campaign” over at Pattern Revolution, I’ve decided I’m not going to do that anymore! If you’re not convinced that sewing for yourself is something you NEED to embrace, you definitely need to go check out those blog posts . . . actually even if you are onboard with self-care sewing you’ll get so much out of reading/re-reading those blog posts!
I’m 152cm (5′ nothing) and store brought maxi skirts are never going to work for me, but with the Tahlia skirt you can use your own measurements to get it just right.
The last time I wore a maxi skirt was when I was at high school and back then it was my Mum making them for me! I’ve got to admit I was dubious whether a maxi skirt was ever going to work for me again but I think this will be perfect for cooler weather.
My usual everyday outfit is a skirt and a tee-shirt so I wanted to have a go making a short skirt using the measurements for the Tahlia Skirt. I kept all the measurements the same except the length …. I really should’ve thought this through a bit more though as all the flare is at the sides, but despite that it’s ok for comfy sewing wear.
I really like the fold over waist on this, so I decided to “mash” the Tahlia Skirt and the Festival Skirt (by Make it Perfect from Issue 5). I used the Festival skirt pattern piece (with length taken off) and used the Tahlia Skirt measurements for the waistband. The Festival Skirt is meant for wovens but I used knit for this skirt and it worked fine. I’m really happy with the result and will make more of these for summer.
The next thing I sewed is the Daisychain Dress (by Make it Perfect from issue 3 – now called the Skippy Dress). I’ve been wanting to sew this since last year but was a bit worried about altering the pattern to fit me or rather my height and bust.
I ended up making it without alterations (well apart from leaving the pocket off the front) and amazingly it fit right first time – I joked to Mr Fox that it proves I’m not short I just have 6″ of my height in my bust!
I’ve got a number of other patterns I’m keen to sew. I want to sew an Amentity Top (by Addie K Designs from issue 7) and also a Julia Cardigan (by Mousehouse Creations) before I go down south next week…. though I might be cutting things a little fine!
These are the blog posts that convinced me these are patterns I need to sew : the Amenity Top (blogged about by Michelle from The Toffee Tree) and the Julia Cardigan (blogged about by Lisa from Mabey She Made it) check them out and you might decide you need to make these too.
I’d love to know what you like to sew for yourself, please leave a comment below. I’m always keen for some more self-care sewing inspiration!