WIWW: Simple Gathered Knit Skirt

 

Gathered Knit Skirt

On my summer bucket list, I said I wanted to try more garment sewing. Well this is my second attempt at sewing with knit fabric and I learned a few more valuable lessons this time around. Thank goodness knit fabric is so forgiving.

I love a simple gathered skirt, such a basic pattern but when paired with some awesome fabric it sure does make a great skirt. To help me get a nicer looking skirt I used a pattern I picked up a JoAnn a few weeks ago for like $2! I always hate the waistbands with a separate casing for the elastic so just folded down around the top of the skirt to make my casing, sewed around it leaving an opening for the elastic and threaded it through. I really wanted to have a yoga waistband, but this knit fabric is just too stretchy to really do well, no matter how small I cut the waistband after trying it on it was too stretched out and the skirt was falling off my hips. So lesson learned always check the stretch and recovery of your knit fabric!

With this skirt I wanted to hem my skirt to make it look a little more professional. So after reading many blog tutorials and tips for sewing with knits I thought I would give hem tape a whirl. Once I got the paper backing off, this made the difference in hemming knits. I will never hem a skirt without hem tape again!

Now to try sewing a dress!

*Outfit details

  • Skirt made by me, fabric purchased from local fabric store.
  • Target t-shirt
  • Chaco sandals
  • Necklace, purchased at a street fair

 

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Summer Bucket List

After seeing a few different posts on other blogs,I decided I would post my Summer Bucket List to help keep myself accountable this summer.

  1. Read 30 picture book to Nora that are new to us.
  2. Read 15 books for myself.
  3. Take at least 5 more bike trips to the beach with Nora.
  4. Try more garment sewing. I would like to sew a couple more skirts and a dress for myself.
  5. Finish 3 more quilts for Christmas gifts.
  6. Go hiking as a family
  7. Visit the gardens.
  8. Take Nora to the Little Explorers Laboratory at the library.
  9. Attend one of the summer concerts in the park.
  10. Go on a date with my hubby.

Here’s to a great summer!

Life Lately

This week had it moments, but over all it was a good one. I’m starting to take some mama free time. {Something I have been needing to do, but would always make excuses, no more excuses!} This week that include a walk with just Berrie and some time at Field’s Fabrics by myself. It’s nice to come back home and see Nora so excited to see me. {Just like when daddy gets home in the evening.} Here’s to a good week and wonderful weekend with my family!

 

WiP Wednesday

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I have been sewing and quilting a lot lately. {Thank you Nora for naptime!} I am currently working on my mini quilt for my Schnitzel & Boo Quilt Swap. I really hope my partner enjoys it! And since I had some scraps from trimming I am starting a few mini quilts for myself!

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I have also been trying my hand at garment sewing and this time with knits. So far so good, now that I better understand sewing with the correct needle. Yesterday I cut out a second skirt for me and a little circle skirt for Nora. My skirt needs to be hemmed and I’m thinking of a hi-low hemline.

That’s all for now. Happy Sewing!

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Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Life Lately

Yay! It’s Friday! What a nice and weird week. Derek was home for part of the week, taking some vacation time to work on our downstairs bathroom! It was nice to sleep in and spend good portions of the day together. Nora is finally down to one long nap a day and I’ve been using that time to sew. I have my mini quilt pieced together for my swap partner, now to just decide on the quilting! Looking forward to the weekend, our library is having their Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday with a petting zoo and other cool performers. Nora is going to be in heaven! Hope you had a fabulous week and have a safe and happy weekend!

May Favorites

  • The weather was pretty wonderful!
  • I finished my plus quilt and one quilt for Christmas.
  • Playing on the playground with Nora.
  • Walking and bike riding.
  • Trips to the library.

Woodland Plus Quilt

 

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Previously I have never undertaken a quilt bigger than say a slightly oversized crib quilt. And I’ve made plenty of crib sized quilts and a few wall quilts. But I had not ventured beyond because 1.) My previous sewing machine sucked the big one, and 2.) I was a little scared of the undertaken. Well no more, I have finished an oversized throw and it feels good.

I’ve been working on this quilt for about 2 months now and it feels so good to have it off my UFO list! I had the top pieced together, but I just didn’t have the motivation to piece the back and begin quilting. Until last week, I decided it was time to finish my plus quilt. A good practice run for the 7+ throw quilts I will be making before Christmas.

I used Jeni’s Arithmetic patchwork plus quilt pattern (Love her patterns, clear instructions and easy to follow!) and fabric that had been in my stash for ages! Between this quilt and a few others that I have pulled for, my stash has been depleted. Time for shopping! This quilt was pieced together with my new favorite thread Aurifil in 50wt white (#2024) and quilted with 40wt Mango Mist – Variegated (#4659). Seriously this is the best stuff ever!

For the quilting I decided to go with wavy lines and I love the texture that they created. My hubby has already claimed this quilt for himself. Guess I need to make another throw quilt for myself, oh darn!

And here are a few outtakes from our photo shoot. My hubby is such a good sport!