We have 2-week break from school and we were just done with making pants including denim pants. It was a bit easier than the skirt lessons but it was still a whole new thing to learn. I am not sure if I could easily create one from scratch but I will surely try.
Anywayz, I really need to improve my sewing and pattern making skills. I decided to take advantage of our 2-week break to work on my own personal sewing project. I chose to make a skirt using the fabric I bought way before I enrolled in this class. I fell in love with the fun, thick and sheen beauty of this taffeta fabric. I forgot where I bought it or how much it was, most probably I got it from Tessuti fabric shop.
I decided to make a pleated skirt as I think it is more fitting for this type of fabric. Pleated skirt was taught in our class so I thought it would be easier for a beginner like me...NOT! I started to create a draft from my measurement. After creating a draft, I created an intermediate pattern with the pleats. Now this is where my struggles began. I would like to say sorry to all my math and engineering teachers as it took me a looongg time to compute the pleats. When I was done, I made a final pattern and made a toile from calico. At this point, everything was still fine. As I was about to cut the final pattern to my taffeta fabric, I then realized my fabric was not enough for the pleats! I needed to recompute measurements and make adjustments, which took me a loooong time again.
It was such a challenge that I decided to have my pleats in uneven sizes. I was not happy with it but I tread on. As much as I love this fabric, it was a challenge to sew in my domestic machine. The fabric was slippery that I had a hard time sewing it straight. I also fused only half of my waistband so it was like puffing on the fold. My mistakes didn't end there... I also decided last minute to double the width of my waistband. This turned out ok but not really the results that I wanted. I also did a yoke skirt pattern which really messed up the structure of this skirt.
I was so frustrated as I felt I murdered this amazing fabric. I didn't give the justice that it deserves... quite the opposite! But then I reminded myself that I am just a beginner who is starting to learn stuff. I will need to practice and create more mistakes along the way. The most important thing is that I am following my dream. Eventually, I'll be better at it and will be able to design and create quality clothes that I want, In the end, I am happy I didn't gave up and was able to finish it.
My class resumed now and we were just done with our tap shorts assessment. I don't like tap shorts but I love the fabric that I chose. I sew more neatly now as well ..hurray! I am excited for our next lesson as we will start to make a bodice! I so long wanted to make a top so hopefully my next personal project would be much better.
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)