Been There, Done That…A New Skirt!

Hello everybody!

A couple weeks ago, I hit the thrift store near our area for some fabric. They always have some sort of fabric at a reasonable price, and once I found some fabric remnants from Joann’s. I sometimes get up to seven yards of fabric for a dollar fifty. Mostly it’s cotton or random fabric, but it’s really nice to experiement with. I got some fabric for fifty cents there once, but I wasn’t sure what it was. It was gray and a little bit scratchy, with a slight stretch, but it felt sort of soft too. So, I bought it and it sat in my sewing room for a little while until I thought that it would make a great skirt. LIGHTBULB!

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So I shut myself up in my room with a movie (It was Elf. A Christmas movie, I know, but such a classic. Anybody seen it?) and told myself that I would have a skirt done by the time the movie was over. Instead of rushing myself, I took my time and took breaks once in a while to enjoy the movie. Instead of using a pattern, I just traced one of my other skirts to make it.

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I have a weird expression in this picture, ignore it please!

I love this skirt because it’s really simple, the fabric is just a light gray, but I can pair it with lots of things in my wardrobe. It’s Fall officially, so maybe a skirt isn’t such a good idea, but I can always pair it with leggings. Also, the fabric is super heavy, so it keeps me warm.

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What is with my weird expressions??

Speaking of heavy fabric, I was a little worried doing the elastic, because I thought the fabric would weigh it down. It works perfectly, though. I’m still not sure what this fabric is…so I’m dubbing it the MYSTERY FABRIC.

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Quick story: when my mom was taking the pictures, I said “Why are you taking the picture with my face in it?” since I’m still not used to the fact that my face goes on my blog now. I guess its here to stay…

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When I originally cut the fabric, it was knee length, but with the hemming and such, it’s a little bit above the knee. I wanted to make it longer so that I would be warmer in the chilly days to come…it’s already getting cold and I’m wearing layers!

I feel sort of mad at myself for not getting some of my summer goals happening. I really wanted to make a faux fur vest, and maybe I will one day, but I think I would need a walking foot so that the needle and everything could even go through the thick fabric.

And now is where I leave you. I really need to head over to the fabric store and get some new fabric for some new projects! I think I want to get my pajama pants over with!  And maybe then start Christmas presents…that may seem a while off, but I like starting early. Bye!!

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PS. I have some little sewing projects to blog about, including makeup bags and bunting flags! Oooh, that rhymes! Anyway, that’s coming soon…

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Guest Post From Sewloveable!

Hello Fellow Fashionistas! Today I’m excited to welcome Sewloveable from http://www.sewloveable.wordpress.com to do a guest post. Once again, a big thank you to her, and be sure to check out her fabulous blog!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!

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Today, I have the great pleasure of doing a guest post here on Freckled Fashionista.

For this post I decided to review/display Simplicity Pattern 1428 View D.

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For the skirt I decided to use a Navy Blue Organza. Since, I was using a sheer fabric I needed a lining. I decided on a coordinating Silk.

The pattern was pretty easy to follow. I did struggle a bit with the curved hem + doing it on the organza made it a bit trickier. But I was up for the challenge.

Let’s talk about adjustments. The only adjustments I made were to the lining fabric. I used the back pattern piece and cut it 3.5″ shorter and straight across instead of the curved hem. My goal here was to have the skirt lining end right where the side split begins. For the waist band casing I used the silk fabric since it would feel more comfortable against the skin.

All in all working with these two slippery fabrics took more time but it all paid off in the end. I got the skirt I envisioned.

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I will definitely make this skirt again in a different fabric choice. I found the pattern to be pretty easy to follow along with. One thing I really loved is that there were not a lot of pattern pieces to cut out. Which made for an enjoyable sewing experience.

A big “Thank You” to Abigail for this fantastic opportunity!!! If you’re looking for inspiration for your sewing space, please check out Abigail’s sewing room tour here.  There’s nothing like great inspiration to get you in the sewing mood!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, it’s truly appreciated.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Freckled Fashionista & Sewloveable ☺

Doesn’t the skirt look AMAZING? Be sure to let Sewloveable know what you think about it in the comments.

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“Project Runway” part one

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Hello my fellow fashionistas! It’s been such a wonderful week…the sun has been shining and some of the snow is melting in certain places. It’s giving me hope that spring might actually come!

If you checked out my post Looking Ahead On freckledfashionista, you would have read that I am participating in a fashion program at a local library called “Project Runway” for tweens and teenagers, and I’ll be taking you through the course of me making my outfit, from shopping for the supplies to sewing and the runway show. Don’t worry, it’s not the real Project Runway.

We have to sew an outfit based on a book, and the book my outfit will be based on is The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. Check out the cool cover:

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It was almost impossible for me to choose a book to base my design on, since there are so many amazing books in the world. In the end, I choose The Candymakers because I can make a super funky and bright outfit that I might not make otherwise. The outfit is going to be a pink tulle skirt (I got that idea from all the cotton candy in the book) with sequins on the bottom, and a tank top with a cool pattern and lots of embellishments.

Today I went to Joann’s to get all my materials, but I forgot to bring my camera to photograph my process. Joann’s is heaven to me. The materials draw me in, and all the colors make me feel right at home. I want to start on the skirt before I even think of the tank top, so I bought the tulle, elastic, and sequins that I would need. It’s going to be a no-sew skirt using a super easy tutorial online that I found. I’m going to cut the tulle long, so it will go past my knee, as I don’t want it to look like a tutu. From the description, I’ll admit, it does sound like a tutu, but I’m hoping the length and sequins will change that. Also, the skirt is something I’ll wear often in the summer, and last year the outfit I made for Project Runway was a long white dress–something I couldn’t really wear every day.

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Going into Joann’s, I knew I wanted tulle spools, instead of buying tulle by the yard, because I thought it would be cheaper and easier to cut, but tulle was 4.99 per spool. Online, the spool I wanted to get was only 1.49, and the day I checked, it wasn’t on sale. I planned to buy 7 spools so my tulle skirt wouldn’t be see-through, but that would have been roughly 35 dollars. Not something I wanted to spend on tulle, especially since I could go online and buy a tulle skirt for only 10 bucks.

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I got two different shades of pink tulle, because the lighter pink was practically see through, but was the color I wanted, so the darker pink add a nice blend.The dark pink turned out almost red in the picture.

So, even though it wasn’t what I was planning on buying, I walked out of the store with lovely tulle cut by the yard (it was beautiful and a much better deal, at 99 cents per yard) and white sequins with pretty flecks of pink in them. The next meeting for Project Runway is next Wednesday, so (hopefully!) I’ll remember to bring my camera and take pictures of me assembling the skirt. I think it’s going to be really beautiful, even if I don’t have the tulle spools. Which do you think would have been better? Expensive tulle spools that are easier to cut or tulle cut by the yard at a much better deal? Comment below and let me know!

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