Hello!!! And welcome to my blog! My name is Vatsla and I am absolutely and completely in love with everything sewing, pattern-making and Fashion Design Typically you will find me hiding Behind The Seams..
Hello. It is the last day of 2018. As I type this bog post, I am sitting in bed with mixed feelings. 2018 has been an interesting year for me. The most amazing thing happened in 2018, I created new life. My lovely son, Connor Jay Watkins arrived. I tried my best to hang on to my sewing. I have done some sewing this year, but it has been the bare minimum. Life has been a bit of a haze this year. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of good times, but also a lot of challenging times. I accept it all as my portion and I thank God for all I received, good and bad. My portion is perfect for me.
Moving on to sewing. At the end of the day, as a mom of a new born, and a wife and mom of a 5 year old, my craft was really all that was truly my own. And although ideally I would sew slowly and enjoy it, my projects in 2018 (with the exception of the green kimono) were quite rushed. BUT.. I still sewed. I have always been loyal to sewing. I sew in my good times, and I also sew in my bad times.
So I want to share with you what all I blogged about in 2018.. and then let’s chat about sewing in 2019. Shall we?
And lastly, I cannot believe that I never blogged about this skirt! Its GORGEOUS!! But I did share it here briefly.
Well, that wraps up 2018 sewing for me! I will continue to work on sewing. Next I am making something with a black textured double knit. I am also starting work on a custom dress form. Connor has stopped nursing and I am getting back to my pre-baby bod. I have a class in mind that I will take to get started on the dress form construction. I will share more about that in the near future.
So, here I am sharing with you a project that did not go as planned.. but I could hear Tim Gunn say the entire time “Make it work”.. so I did!
I was so excited to be making a pair of pants since I have not made one in a while. I had high hopes for the perfect pant. I had the most amazing fabric and such a cute pattern picked out. But alas.. it just did not go as planned.
So long story short, after I sewed up the pants, I did my first fitting before applying a facing.. and I knew right then and there that the pants would not work for me. I did not even want to attempt the numerous alterations I knew it would take.. so my sewing adventure took a plot twist. I turned the pants into a skirt.
Here is the back view:
We all have projects that don’t go as planned.
Sometimes I feel these projects are good because they challenge our creativity. I am happy with the skirt, the only thing I don’t like is the center front seam. If I were to draft this skirt from scratch, I would have only two front darts.
I styled this skirt with a black tee and snakeskin pumps and tassel earrings. My daughter picked these earrings out for me last weekend. Aren’t they so happy?
For the ruffle, I took wide strips of fabric cut on the cross grain. I did some freehand pleating along the selvage edge of the fabric because it would not fray. I then topstitched it to the skirt. I also cut the ruffle along the cross grain instead of the straight grain.
So now let’s talk about this project. I started out making a pair of pants. I was convinced these would be the cutest pair of pants and that the fit would be amazing? Why?!! Because the pattern envelope told me so. Maybe it was overconfidence or my optimism (that’s what I chose to believe – I’m just always thinking positive haha ). I seriously expected to sew up these pants, do one alteration and end up with a fabulous fit. Boy, was I wrong. If you have had the same experience with this pattern, do share. The pants seemed extremely high waisted, and also very long. (I am 5 feet 4 inches) This was the longest crotch ever. I knew right away that this could end up being that projects that got very frustrating very quickly. I heard my inner critic say “You should have made a muslin”. Anyways, the reality was, that I did not make a muslin. I was still so in love with the fabric, I wanted to salvage the project. The only thing that fit me on the pant was the waist, so I decided to turn the pants into a skirt. I had to take in the side seams, back seam, and front seam in order to get a better fit. I do love these pants so much. I am going to attempt them again, but next time I am going to make a sloper. The fit is amazing on Mimi G.