Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Giving Hand-sewn Clothes the Store Bought Polish

I've bought a yard of this Robin's Egg Blue fabric years ago on clearance.   It's a thick woven cotton and is actually upholstery fabric, but I thought it would be great for a skirt.  I used Simplicity 2451 view C.
The pattern was straight-forward, easy to follow and fit her well.

I added a few steps to make it the finished skirt look more polished and less like a Home-Ec project. 
Here's some tips:

Topstitching is a row of stitching close to the seam of the garment.
I think it just makes your garment look more crisp and professional.

You can buy special presser feet for you machine to help you sew straight (Bernina #10).  I actually use #5, which is meant for blind hems, but it works great for top-stitching too and it came free with my machine.  I just line up the blade along the seam and move my needle to the far left and sew.  Perfect stitching every time.  

If you don't want to invest in a special foot, just take your time.

You can even use a different color thread for a design element (for example, white thread on navy).

Add your own style elements:
I just used a piece of leftover fabric to make a quick bow (cut out a rectangle, sew right sides together, gather in the middle with fabric strip) for the kick pleat.  I don't know if I could pull wearing a bow off, but she is 14 and I think works for her.

She wore the skirt to church with Cutest Blouse Ever. I loved that she felt cute and that the entire outfit only cost me about $7. 

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  1. I love the idea of adding that extra stitch. You are right; it does give it a more store-bought look. I will be visiting your 101 series to learn more. Thanks!

  2. Such a cute skirt...I love the little bow in the back. Also didn't know there was a special foot to help sew straight. I've gotta pick that up!

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  3. So pretty! And no one will be wearing the same one!
    I love the look of the topstitching.

  4. Great tips! I agree top stitching makes all the difference. I love that little bow! I'd love for you to share this at my link party.

  5. Great tips! That skirt is absolutely adorable and I love it with the polka dot top!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

  6. This skirt is fabulous. It looks store bought. Thanks for the tips.

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