I suppose this could have been called "Project and Haul" but isn't it funny how changing a phrase by removing just one word can make it sound more interesting?
The Project: Sewing Leggings
In my most recent March Style post there was a "Make Leggings Modest" challenge. I wore workout leggings because I actually did not own a nice comfy pair of knit leggings. However, I did own a yard of lovely knit fabric and spent a morning looking for a nice skirt pattern to sew, even though i already have a skirt in this same fabric, but had no luck. Personally, I love sewing skirts. Depending on the style, skirt patterns are usually very forgiving and they are so quick to sew! Later that evening I decided to look for ANY pattern that I could use this knit fabric for!
Enter this tutorial: http://www.tashadelrae.com/2010/01/diy-leggings.html
Not only was I going to be able to (in theory) sew something with my yard of fabric, but I would also be drafting a pattern for the very first time! The way the girl wrote out her instructions on how to measure and draft the pattern is amazing. It was so simple!! And you end up with a grand total of just 2 pieces of fabric to sew together!
I drafted my pattern to go from my natural waist to just past my ankles but it turned out that I didn't have quite enough fabric for that so I just placed my pattern so that it would be about capri length leggings.
And here is the finished pair. I only had white thread on my serger from sewing my wedding dress but I figured that I might mess up this first pair of leggings and if not the thread could only be seen in the inseam....plus I have Sharpies and I would totally color the visible thread with Sharpie if I thought it was necessary. Now, I just need to either make a plain black skirt, or retrieve mine from my boxes of stuff so I can wear it with the leggings!
I went to Goodwill the other day. A HUGE Goodwill. I bought myself some things for spring that need to be resized/altered and I figured since everything was $5 or less, why not get some alterations practice out of it?
Left to Right:
Striped tube top maxi dress into Yoga waist maxi skirt
Mint/Tan Tunic Sweater, No Alterations
Color block dress remaining as is, but resizing
Birds button down tanktop as is, but resizing
Reversible smocked sundress (I think it was probably a swimsuit coverup) No alterations, except maybe the waistband. I plan on wearing it as a skirt.
The find of the day was this vintage kilt skirt. 100% wool with leather strap fasteners it's by Glenisla Classics and I can't find a thing about it anywhere. I saw a few of the same brand for sale on Etsy in a wide price range and sellers saying it was from the 1960s through the 1980s and for just $3.50 at Goodwill, I couldn't say no. I may attempt to sell mine but honestly I think it's ugly but I am determined to come up with an outfit for Easter because the color scheme is obnoxiously perfect! Even though it is slightly big for me and it ends most unflatteringly at mid calf level (wonderful sales pitch) I really want to wear it on Easter and I will certainly share if that happens!
I apologize for the plaid on plaid that's probably made half of you go googly eyed!
---Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.---