I never used to sew with a pattern…like EVER. Then I decided to make 100 Skirts in 100 Days I wanted to stretch myself and learn new sewing tips and tricks and actually do things the “right” way. Until now I have been embracing the “sewing rebel” within and making things my own way. Now that I have been using sewing patterns to make these skirts, I have learned that I like being a sewing rebel. I seriously don’t think I have followed a pattern step by step even once, but I use the initial structure of the pattern and add my own style to it.
Let me tell you about my new go to pattern when I just need to make a simple basic skirt. All of these skirts were made using the Simplicity 1568 pattern. This pattern includes a jumper, vest, pants and skirt…so basically, it’s loaded! I only bought it for the simple skirt piece because I want to get my kids involved in my 100 day project.
This is such a great “learn-to-sew” pattern if you keep it basic, but it’s also a great pattern to add some embellishments and style. Here are some skirts I did with just the basic pattern.Once I made the basic skirt a couple of times, I decided to add some lace or trim in between the hem band and skirt body. These skirts look so cute and trendy with a little ric-rac, lace, or piping added. You can also see that on some of them I added a bow to the waistband to create a drawstring look. Another way to add a little personality to the simple skirt is to add a fabric strip; this is also a good way to use up scraps.On the green paisley skirt, I didn’t have a lot of fabric so I shortened the body of the skirt and added a couple of inches to the length of the hem band to create a ruffle. I absolutely love this one.
I am learning a bunch of new techniques and helpful tricks as I use more and more sewing patterns for the 100 Skirts project. Taking the time to read the patterns before I sew has been a big help, too. 😉
Recently, I discovered the vintage sewing patterns at the thrift store for a quarter each. So I buy one and try to modernize the final outcome. It’s so fun and a bit challenging.
Do you modify patterns? I’d love to know other fun ways to add some personality to old patterns.
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