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I have a “Sewing for me (and my sisters)” pinterest board that is full to the brim with creations from today’s lovely guest, Leanne from Elle Apparel. Seriously, if you need a Sewing for ME! mentor, she’s your girl. A few projects to love? The Lavendar Love Dress, the Lace for Days Skirt, the Pinwheel Skirt, the Nautical Dress are all fabulous, but I’m not kidding when I say that I had to be choosy, so there’s a whole heap of other goodness.
And today, Leanne is here (yay!) with several variations on her ever-so-lovely maxi skirt-
I am a big advocator of sewing for yourself. Before I started sewing clothes, I stuck mostly to straight lines and straight stitches with curtains, pillows, table runners, and place mats. But something changed when I fell in love with a beautiful skirt from Anthropologie. I HAD to have it. But at $200, it was way over my price range. So I made my mind up that I would recreate it. After hours upon hours, multiple trips to Joanns, and a few choice four-letter words, I had actually created a skirt that I felt was good enough to wear in public. It was all down hill from there.
Designing and creating clothing has become a passion. It is so rewarding to be able to create an article of clothing that doesn’t look “homemade” for a fraction of the cost that you would spend in a store. One of my favorite (and easiest) pieces to make are my Maxi skirts. I made one while I was pregnant with my second baby, since it was getting harder and harder to button my jeans. I was hooked. I have since filled my closet with these comfy beauties and probably won’t stop till I have every color of the rainbow. Think that’s a little crazy? Just make one…..you’ll see.
So I have been able to crank out one of these puppies in about 45 minutes from start to finish. They really are very simple, and a great beginners piece to start with. Don’t be too intimidated if you have never worked with jersey or a stretchy fabric before. You will find that it is pretty forgiving. Follow along my step-by-step tutorial here. Just substitute your own measurements.
They work great with a bump….
Thanks to the stretchy fabric, my skirts fit me 9 months pregnant, and after I had given birth. One tip for figuring out how big you should make your waistband: Take your waist measurements, and then subtract about 2 inches to allow for the stretch. If you use your exact waistband measurement, it might fit a little more lose than you want.
Enjoy! But once you are addicted to them…don’t say I didn’t warn you.