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

 

WiP Wednesday

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So I have a lofty goal of sewing throw quilts for my nieces and nephews for Christmas this year. That’s six quilts, plus other handmade items. I started planning out my quilts and I’m currently working on a version of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jelly Roll Jam quilt.

IMG_1195I finished all of the blocks, now it’s time to start laying it out. I’m adding additional blocks to make the quilt bigger. I’m loving the purple and brown, with some pink blocks thrown in as well. I’m so glad that this years color is Radiant Orchid, purple is really starting to grow on me.

I finally finished a previous WiP from before Christmas. I was hoping to have my table topper finished before Christmas, but with other sewing and family, it just got pushed to the side. So I sat down and quilted and sewed the binding in one afternoon/evening. Yay for naptime!

That’s all for this week. I have lots of cutting in my future, off to the sewing room!

I’m linking up with Lee for WiP Wednesday.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

We I first started making this recipe I made it just like the original recipe, Mexican Stuffed Shells. The first time I made it I was a little hesitant since I made it for my hubby and younger brother. But I need not worry, this recipe was an instant success!

Then in January 2013 I decided to go on a low to no carb diet with my hubby. Of course this meant that this recipe was one that we really shouldn’t have as often as I would like. So I wanted to try it as a stuffed pepper recipe. Now my hubby was hesitant about stuffed peppers, but I have slowly been working on him to enjoy peppers in other foods. But when I made, he loved it and we have been perfecting the recipe every since.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers (adapted from The Way to His Heart)

  • 3 bell peppers (I prefer to use orange since they have a sweeter taste) cut in half and seeds removed.
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning (or 2 TBSP of homemade)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa
  • taco sauce
  • ¬†shredded cheddar cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350. Slice peppers in half and remove seeds. Place them in a 9×13 foil lined baking dish. Brown the ground beef, drain then add taco seasoning. Then on low heat add the cream cheese and mix well. Once the cream cheese has melted and is mixed with the ground beef remove from heat then add the salsa.

Add the ground beef mixture into the pepper halves. Top the peppers with the taco sauce (to your liking). Cover baking dish with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil, add shredded cheddar cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Then enjoy!

We ate two before I remembered to take a picture.

We ate two before I remembered to take a picture.

{living room rearrange}

Since my husband and I moved into our house back in February, we set up our living room as such.

Well I was not a big fan of the set-up, but it worked for the time being. I have come to believe that you first must live in the rooms to really see where the furniture should end up.

During the morning when it is particularly sunny the sun hits you right in the face, not fun when you are trying to watch something on TV or trying to read on a lazy Saturday morning.

So this weekend, I decided while I was moving furniture around to vacuum {Berrie is in the middle shedding her winter coat, Finally!} to try and rework the living room.

This is how the living room ended up.

So far I’m loving this arrangement. The couch is moved along the half-wall and out of the direct sunlight, plus the TV didn’t really have to move too far. {Big plus you can’t see the TV while it is on from outside of our house, I hate that} And the big plus for me at least is this rearrange has really opened up our main living space, which is really nice! I love how a simple rearrangement of furniture can make a big difference in how a room feels.

{summer skirt challenge} A-Line skirt

I think I have a problem when it comes to patterns. Well I just don’t like following them. I’m always changing a pattern to fit my needs. So this week I decided to take the plunge and really look into what it would take to create and draft my own pattern. {I did create my own pattern for the circle skirt, but that was just a simple pattern, it was time for a challenge}

I love the internet, have I mentioned that before. You can find just about anything you want to make on the internet. So I started looking for ways to draft my own pattern and there are plenty of tutorials out there for just that.

I can now take my basic pattern and create so many more skirts from this one pattern!

The sewing is super simple, sew the two side seams, add your elastic waistband {I’m all about elastic waist skirts in the summer}, then hem. Of course I hate hemming my skirts so I just added a ruffle to the bottom of my skirt, which I think turned out pretty nice!

love the pink a-line with a ruffle

{summer skirt challenge} Circle Skirt

A few weeks ago, I participated in a 48 hour reading challenge. During the challenge we were allowed to listen to one audiobook. Figured that would be a great time to start sewing on my skirts for the summer. Well I was able to complete 2 of them over the weekend.

One of the skirts I finished was my circle skirt. Literally this skirt took me about 45 minutes from start to finish. I followed this tutorial. The tutorial is for a girls skirt, but at the end gives instructions for creating an adult version. Super easy to follow and the skirt is so wonderful and comfy. I hate hemming skirts, so this skirt I just did a small zig-zag stitch around the bottom of the skirt to give it a sergered look without a serger!

This is a great skirt for storytime, very twirly and fun to wear for dancing with the kids!

my fun twirly skirt!

 

{summer skirt challenge} what I’m going to make

Summer is finally here! So thankful for the warmer weather, I was getting of cold weather and finally here it is. So it is time to get started on my Summer Skirt Challenge.

Here is the breakdown of the type of skirts I will be making for the summer:

  • June 15 – Circle Skirt
  • June 22 – A-Line Skirt
  • June 29 – Ruffle Skirt
  • July 6 – Gypsy Tiered Skirt
  • July 13 – Basic Summer Skirt
  • July 20 – Sew Serendipity Skirt
  • July 27 – Upcycled Skirt
  • August 3 – Recreated Skirt

Now I’m off to start sewing my circle skirt.