Sewing A Skirt

I started my first ever sewing something from a pattern! I am scared to death!

I’ve already made a few mistakes, which thankfully didn’t ruin any material, just wasted time.

I am making an Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt. I think it’s so cute, and I’m hoping it fits!

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I am using the Green Peonies Pop Garden by Heather Bailey. (It’s gorgeous as you can tell!)

The first thing I read was to cool iron the pattern. Guess how well that went!? I decided that I have never seen my grandma iron a pattern, so I probably don’t need to either. Sadly, I did get the iron out, left it out for two days, and then bumped into the ironing board, sending the iron crashing down into my hardwood floors. Tip first. There is a huge dent in the floor. I haven’t told the hubby yet. Is it lying if I just never mention it??

After I decided to not iron the pattern, I cut out the pieces. Then I got my fabric out and pinned the pieces on. Most of the pieces were double pieces, meaning fold here for the front part, leave it unfolded for the back part. Front goes along the fold, back doesn’t. So I pinned the front pieces along the fold, but didn’t fold back the pattern piece. (Does that make sense? I don’t know how to make it less wordy! ha ha!) I ended up unpinning it all and repinning it. Afterwards, I realized I could’ve left it and then just cut the fabric on the fold. Oh well!

Sewing A Skirt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I tried two ways of cutting the fabric. I used scissors and then the rotary cutter. The scissors seemed to go faster, but maybe that’s because that’s what I am used to? I’ll probably try to keep using the rotary cutter so I can get better at it. (Unless this is not what I am supposed to use it for. If so, let me know!!!)

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Now I just have to cut the muslin then I can get starting sewing! (I think…)


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  1. professional knife sharpener
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I was’nt sure I would like this site since it was about Sewing A Skirt but I was wrong and thought it was cool and found it on Bing . Thanks and I’ll be back as you update.

  2. Megan Myers
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Scissors are the way to go unless you are quilting…I used the rotary cutter for a long time and my cutting wasn’t as accurate. My mother-in-law is an amazing seamstress and she gave me some dressmaker scissors (since that is what she uses) and it has made it much easier. Good luck!

    • Shirley
      Posted June 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the advice! I guess I felt like I needed to use the rotary cutter since I had it. It makes sense that it isn’t as accurate. I’ll probably skip the cutter when I finish off the skirt.

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