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Thanks for visiting. This space of the internet encourages me to use my creativity. If it also helps another creature in some way, that's pretty amazing to me. 

Lazy Skirt Part I

Lazy Skirt Part I

This is my first attempt at sewing from a pattern in over ten years. I have been creating my own patterns from my clothes over the past couple of months, but I could tell I needed to return to real patterns to sharpen my skills. I have documented the pre-sewing steps for this post. 

I purchased this book from Powell's in fall, intending to jump right into the projects. Here I am, nine months later, finally giving it a whirl.

I purchased this book from Powell's in fall, intending to jump right into the projects. Here I am, nine months later, finally giving it a whirl.

Choosing the project and fabric is my favourite part of the process. It's when I feel so inspired and open to creative possibilities. I may have a garment in mind, and even a sense of fabric I will choose, but my ideas really solidify as I see the selection of fabrics before me. Often times, the project takes a different direction when I see what's available.

I would gladly make a skirt with any one of these fabrics.

I would gladly make a skirt with any one of these fabrics.

Because I am still relatively new to sewing, I have to get over my pride about asking questions to the people in the store. Learning can be tough and humbling, and requires an enormous amount of patience. I want to be good at this NOW. When I am not, I have to fight the urge to quit. If I do quit, I'll only stay where I am. Where might I end up if I perservere? 

The woman cutting the fabric for me—while giving me the side eye about having a large camera around my neck—asked if I was aware that the fabric was $33/meter. I told her it was okay, and that it was marked as 40% off, so actually only $20/meter. She triple checked that I understood the cost and then started cutting.

Sometimes when you ask a lot of questions, and bring your cute book along with you, you seem a little green. 

The moment right before the tedious stuff starts. 

The moment right before the tedious stuff starts. 

Stay tuned for part II when I tackle the sewing part of this project. Let's all cross our fingers for few mistakes and good fit. 

[Not] Lazy Skirt Part II

[Not] Lazy Skirt Part II

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