As you know, I've been trying my hand at a bit of sewing. I took a couple of sewing classes at our local fabric store and since then I've been relying on the tutelage of Tilly Walnes, through her fabulous book, "Love at First Stitch - Demystifying Dressmaking". Here is a link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Stitch-Demystifying-Dressmaking/dp/1611802342/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417021226&sr=8-1&keywords=love+at+first+stitch&pebp=1417021234159
The book is a conversational-style guide that leads you through sewing a few different projects. Tilly introduces the skills you need for each project as you go through the book and she dishes out a few useful hints along the way. My favourite section so far is "How to Behave in a Fabric Store." The patterns are included for most of the projects, but, for a couple she instead provides instructions for making your own pattern.
I have completed my third project from the book and I love it! It's an a-line skirt called the "Delphine". I made mine from brown corduroy. I love how the skirt is fitted perfectly to me and I enjoyed making the project, but I can say - without any hesitation - that I hate brown corduroy. It wrinkles easily and even the slightest weight makes a compression mark on the fabric. I thought corduroy was a tough, hardy, easy-wear fabric, but this particular cord is finicky and a bit precious. You can see the wrinkles in the photos below.....those accumulated when I sat down to slide on my shoes!
I am particularly proud of the invisible zipper. It was my first invisible zipper insertion and also the first time that I sewed a proper waistband with the zipper set in. It was a challenge but I like how it turned out and I am now confident that I could do it again and again. The invisible zipper was not particularly difficult - I bought a zipper foot for my sewing machine along with the zipper itself (the zipper foot was less than a dollar) and it was easy to pop right in. The waistband required some advanced techniques, including using interfacing and "stitching in the ditch" and the book presented simple instructions for each step along with clarifying photos. My husband said that the waistband and zipper made the skirt look like it came from a store - that's high praise when you are just learning to sew!
|My invisible zip set into the waist band.|