Patternless sewing

I’m the sort of person who does better with a recipe¬†when making dinner, directions when learning software and definitely a pattern when sewing clothing. For a while, though, I have ruminated over how certain clothes that I have couldn’t be all that hard to recreate. This is my first foray into doing just that. And don’t laugh! I know this is a ridiculously simple recreation. That’s why I started with it.

The first is a simple black skirt with rolled edge serging on the seams. Simple as it was, I had to go back to the fabric store for more material when I discovered I’d miscalculated the yardage. I’m pretty happy with it, though. It was my first in-depth foray into using the serger for which, happily, I found the user’s manual online! I have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying it so far.

The waistband did not turn out great. That’s the only thing I’m unhappy with. At the same time, I hate¬†tucking shirts in, so there will never be much danger of anyone seeing the imperfection.

Excuse the lousy quality. but there’s not all that much to see anyway!

Yesterday I was going through shirts and putting aside ones that I don’t wear and might as well get rid of. I had a few Lotus Festival shirts, which is sad to get rid of because the Lotus Festival is so great, BUT there is still no point in keeping shirts you don’t wear. So I made a skirt out of them:

LotusSkirt1 LotusSkirt2

I used the t-shirts’ neckline ribbing for the waistband. It worked pretty well, but I had to take it off and shorten it when I found that I’d made it too loose. Unfortunately, after redoing it, it is still too loose! But not so bad that I feel like ripping out the seam and trying a third time.

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