Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A little something I made for myself...

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Yesterday I decided to squeeze in a little time for myself...Because of my hypothyroidism, I gained quite a bit of weight over winter. I'm slowly back on track (more on this later) but, unfortunately, most of my clothes just don't fit properly :( I have a full closet and not much to wear. And no money to shop :)

So I thought it was time for me to make something just for myself :) Like this striped maxi skirt:

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I'm not much of a seamstress, far from it. The last time I made a skirt was when I was twelve (I think) at my school Home Improvement class. It's been a while...

But this one was so easy! It literally has four cuts, four seams. I'm not good at writing tutorials on sewing (duh!) but here is a pretty good one.

I've had this fabric for a while. I honestly don't even remember where I got it from or why. I had just enough fabric for this project (about 1 1/2 yards), so I had to be careful how I cut it.

I basically cut A-lined silhouette for the skirt by folding the fabric in half and using my measurements (if you make a striped skirt, be sure to carefully match lines together before you start cutting):

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The hardest part is measure yourself right. It works so much better to ask somebody to help you out with that. Because I didn't have anyone to help (two munchkins here don't count), I somehow added 1.5 inches when I measured my waist.  When I tried the skirt on half way, it was too big...  yeah I don't know what happened...But hey, it was a pleasant surprise that I'm not as big as I thought at first I was :)

Then I used leftover fabric to cut the top portion. I really wanted to have a "yoga fold" (you know, like on those comfy yoga pants) but I just didn't have enough fabric left:

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Then sewed it all together, and it's done!

I know, I still need to press those seams but it's pretty much finished :) I love how comfy and versatile it is:

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What do you think? Now I'm itching to go and sew some more...

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38 comments:

  1. I like it! You look very pretty. I have fabric and I am too lazy to sew yet...but when you have fabric, in the future it is always like a free item when you finally use it! (I have hypothyroidism too...so I know what you mean! It is just not fair regarding the weight!)

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    1. I know, it was like a brand-new but free item :)

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  2. Lovely! I am definitely not a skirt person, but that looks great. Good job. Love those yellow shoes too.

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    1. They are Goodwill find, brand new, $4 :)

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  3. Wow..... That is so pretty.... You did an amazing job with your sewing... I am thrilled to hear you are doing something for you....That is very important to do that... Enjoy your new skirt and have a wonderful day...Lisa

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  4. Adorable!! Love the maxi skirts! I dress modestly as well, so something like that is right up my alley! Soo cute! Great job in it!! :) The fabric is awesome by the way!

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    1. I think the fabric makes the skirt. and not my sewing skills,lol! But I'm learning from the best. I want to be like you and Kim when I grow up :)

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  5. The fabric looks like it is a knit, is it?

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    1. Yes, it is! It's nice and stretchy!

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  6. Very pretty! Good work. And nice outfit choice with the yellow shoes and blue sweater; totally fashion forward!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Erin! Everybody knows, I love color :)

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  7. Very nice, I think you did a great job!

    Rhonda

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  8. How stinkin cute is that!!! You are rocking that new skirt and hot shoes. Glad you took some time to do something for MOMMY for a change!!!!

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    1. Oh, Debby, thank you! These shoes were my lucky find!! :)

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  9. new clothes on a $0 budget! Once a year our Church organize a clothing swap...that's where I do my "shopping". Sometime I find something that can be easily modified to fit me. IT's fun. (far from a seamstress myself)

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    1. I have a few things in my wardrobe from a church swap too but swaps are not as popular where I live right now, unfortunately

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  10. Great job on the skirt. I haven't sewed clothing in, well, longer than I can remember.

    Did you have any problem getting your dr to test you for hypothyroidism? I think I am hypothyroid, but my dr doesn't think the numbers are high enough to do anything about it. Meanwhile, I drag along all day.

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    1. Oh Marti, I'm so sorry! I went without a medication for a few months, and it's no fun :(

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  11. It looks great with that bright top! I also love your shoes - this is a great outfit!

    Kristin
    ExploringDomesticity.blogspot.com

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  12. Lena. your skirt looks amazing and so do you. Well done.
    Carolx

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  13. Cute, love the bright colors with the black and whit stripe! Sewing is a great skill.

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  14. That's a great skirt! You did an awesome job!

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  15. Looks great! Cant even tell the difference between the one you made and if you bought the first one. To say you haven't sewn since 12 this is a great job indeed. Make some and sell as well.

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    1. Hahaha! That would be nice! I just need a few years of practice :)

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  16. Wow good job!! Your skirt looks great and I do like the yellow shoes with it.

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  17. Lena, you are so creative. I am quite a bit overweight due to thyroid and other issues, and I would kill for a slim body such as yours :) You look great!!

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  18. You look smashing Lena....very smart. Long skirts suit you and I love the combination of shoes and flower brooch. You are an attractive lady....so you are :-)
    Your hypothyroidism must be quite minimal because I cannot see you are overweight. I have "lazy thyroids"(colloquial version of hypothyroidism) diagnosed 6 years ago and I've never been so fat in all my life. Mind you I'm a tad bit older than you and in the menopause so that doesn't help either.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  19. You are daring to tackle something with stripes - it looks awesome!

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  20. Hooray for easy projects! And for making something that you feel pretty in. It makes all the difference in the world. I love the stripes with the bright aqua and yellow...fresh and fun. Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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  21. Wow! Looks great. I love how your paired the stripes with bright colors.

    Lauren
    Style of One's Own

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