Since I started sewing a little over 3 years ago, I have rarely, if ever, made anything for myself. I've made tons of clothes for E and her little friends, but for some reason, I've always been too intimidated to make clothes for myself. It's actually a bit silly when you think about it. I'm not a petite woman by any stretch, and I have a difficult time finding clothes that fit me properly, especially across my bust, so you would think that the first thing I'd make would be my own clothes! I finally decided that it was about time I got over this particular hangup and set out to make myself a summer wardrobe.
I started out with some simple A-line skirts. Using the guidelines from Sew What! Skirts (a fabulous resource - I highly recommend it), I drafted a simple pattern and made 2 skirts with side zippers. The first one is a bottomweight cotton print.
[I normally despise posting pictures of myself, but I realized that it's hard to get a sense of how these items look unless they are on, so bear with me and excuse the filthy bathroom mirror. :p]
Have I mentioned that this was also my first time putting a zipper in a garment? It was way easier that I expected! I don't know what I've been waiting for. The second one is similar, but not quite done yet, so I'll post it when I get around to finishing it up.
It's impossible to get through a Texas summer without spending a lot of time at the pool or sprayground (for all you Northerners, it's basically a park or playground with water features for the kids to play in). And even with a generous coat of sunblock, it's hard to keep from getting burned. So inspired by a caftan my friend Valerie picked up while in Miami, I decided to try and make my own caftan-style swim cover-up. It's basically a giant rectangle of printed cotton gauze that I sewed into an oversize "T" shape and then added a casing and ribbon drawstring. I rolled all the edges too, mostly out of laziness. ;)
I do wish that the shape of it was a little more flattering on my body, but it serves its purpose well. The bonus of using gauze is that it's super lightweight, so even if it gets wet, it dries very quickly.
Last, but not least, I made my very first top! It's Kwik Sew 3610, in case you're wondering. I always used to see tops like this in the store, but could never find one that fit me properly, particularly over the bustline.
This was also my first time working with this kind of shiny, silky fabric, and I have to say, I did not enjoy that part at all. It was extremely difficult to keep lined up while sewing (even with a billion pins), and it also did not hold pressed creases very well, if at all. The pattern was otherwise super easy to make though, and I think I may try it again with a super lightweight cotton woven or knit instead.