Sunday, 19 April 2015

raindrops in a puddle

Hi it's Annie

My mum asked if I would like to do a guest post about a skirt I made at a sewing course. So I said yes.

So a couple of days ago I made a skirt with three pleats. But it wasn't my mum teaching me, it was a proper teacher [which is a change]. There was me, two teachers and eight other girls. The lessons were at The Stitchery in Glasgow.



I spent a long time choosing my fabric. It is from the Rain or Shine range by Stephanie Thannhauser and is called 'Raindrops in a Puddle'. I like the colours.

We started off by practicing some simple stitches and sewing in straight lines and after two hours we moved on to cutting. We were finding it so interesting learning about grains and patterns that we didn't even notice that our parents came to pick us up.

The next day we had to finish cutting which I couldn't do because I had fractured my wrist that morning. It was lucky  that I could still do sewing. But by the end of the day I had completed my pleats at the front of the skirt, I attached and basted the front and back together. To be honest sewing with a fractured wrist isn't that bad.


On the last day we added in the elastic in the back. When I was adding it in the safety pin snapped off and one off the teachers managed to pull the elastic through the fabric without the pin. If I was her I would of given up and started from the beginning. After that was sorted I made a double stitched hem and then my skirt was finished.

I like it how it's turned out and I will be wearing it often. I like it how the pleats give it a nice shape and how the elastic makes it look tidy. 

I really liked the sewing machines in the class and found them easy to work with. It was a lot easier than using my own machine. It helped me understand how to control the speed. 




I liked it how the teachers Susie and Jemma didn't rush us and they explained things well. I would like to go back to another class and learn to sew a different thing. I would like to learn to sew a pin cushion and an apron. 

I hope you enjoyed my post. Have a lovely week. Annie xxx





28 comments:

  1. What a brilliant job you ave done Annie, I shall look forward to seeing how your sewing progresses, I must say you have done a better job than some of the ladies at the sewing classes I used to run, they were very slap dash and dint care if there work was neat, I hope you get lots of compliments on your skirt from your friends :-)

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  2. You really have done a wonderful job on the skirt Annie. I loved your choice of fabric, a real delight. Looking forward to seeing what you get to make next.

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  3. Hey Annie,
    I do like the fabric you've chosen. That's right up my alley. Your skirt is lovely. I do so admire people that can sew and make. I broke all the sewing machines in my school needlework classes.
    Leanne xx

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  4. Thank you for sharing this blog post with us Annie. The sewing on that skirt is brilliant. I haven't made a skirt since I was at high school (a long time ago), you have reminded me I really need to have another go. And I love that raindrop material, so pretty. :)

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  5. Hi Annie, what a brilliant skirt, and I love the fabric. Glad you enjoyed the course so much, you're lucky to have one nearby. I shall look forward to seeing the next thing you make, you'll have to come back and do another post for us.

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  6. I love your fabric choice Annie, and your sewing looks lovely. I hope your wrist heals soon, and doesn't stop you from doing fun things .

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  7. I love your post Annie, the skirt is lovely and you've obviously loved making it...and the wearing! There is nothing like being able to make your own clothes, so much more choice and individuality. Well done!!

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  8. Hi Annie, how clever are you, sewing a skirt with a fractured wrist - I'm very impressed. I broke my wrist a few years ago and dont think I would have been able to sew with it at all! Thankyou for doing such a great post, your skirt looks brilliant, can't wait to hear all about the next thing you make :)
    Jillxo

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  9. The fabric you have chosen is lovely! I am impressed that you still managed to sew with a fractured wrist! I hope it heals soon :). Looking forward to hearing about and seeing your next sewing project.

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  10. What a lovely skirt, Annie! You've made it beautifully and I hope you enjoy wearing it all summer! the fabric is gorgeous - love the colour combination. Hope your wrist gets better really quickly. E x

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  11. Fabulous skirt Annie and I love the fabric. It looks great on you!

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  12. Annie, you are totally amazing. I love your skirt. I made a pleated skirt for my girl this weekend but one day she will be able to make her own just like you. Jo x

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  13. Hi Annie, Susie here from The Stitchery! It was lovely to have you on the course, you should be very proud of your skirt, you did a great job. We loved reading your blog post and seeing the pics of your wearing your skirt. Looking forward to sewing with you again. Best wishes from The Stitchery Team!

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  14. It's gorgeous Annie and the fact that you managed to finish it even with a fractured wrist shows that you must be a very determined and talented stitcher! I hope you manage to make your pin cushion and apron. Well done x Jane

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  15. Hi Annie, I am amazed that you made that fabulous skirt, especially with a broken wrist!!!!! I couldn't make one near as nice with both my wrists working properly. I love the fabric and the fit is just perfect. I hope you will be making another one.
    Good luck,
    Meredith

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  16. Nice pattern and skirt. Sewing is tricky enough without a broken wrist, broke mine as a child, and doing pleats is always tricky.
    Great job.

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  17. I would have never guessed this is your first blog post - it is written beautifully. It is fantastic that you have the skills to make your own clothing AND that you enjoy doing it! It is very impressive that you finished your skirt with a fractured wrist - ouch!

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  18. Hi Annie! Your skirt came out really well and it looks very nice on you. You're a great writer too. I'm glad you've been enjoying your sewing class. I can tell that you are learning a lot. I hope your wrist is better soon. Thanks for sharing your skirt and your sewing skills with us!

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  19. Hi Annie! I love the skirt you've made. It looks lovely on you and the fabric is so pretty.
    Well done for keeping going even with a broken wrist. I really think it's great that you're interested in sewing and I'm looking forward to seeing your other creations soon!

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  20. That skirt is wonderful! I love your choice of fabric. Even better with the broken wrist. Hope its not too painful! What are you going to make next??

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  21. I think you've done a brilliant job, Annie, and all with a fractured wrist too. I love the skirt and hope you'll come back and tell us all about the pincushion and apron when you get round to sewing those, I'm sure it will be a doddle after the skirt.

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  22. Hi Annie, it's lovely to read your Post today. Your skirt is gorgeous and you should be super proud of yourself! I love your fabric choice. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next time. Mel x

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  23. This is a great post Annie. Well done! And well done on making such a beautiful skirt, especially with your sore wrist. The material is really lovely.

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  24. I'm glad you had a good time. Sewing is a great thing to be able to do, I loved making a lot of my clothes when I was a teenager. What will you make next, then? Aprons are easy and all straight lines, or cushion covers are always fun to design and do?

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  25. Your skirt looks great, and I love your fabric choice. I'm struggling to believe though that sewing with a fractured wrist is as easy as you say. WEll done you on doing such a fab job :o)

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  26. Hi Annie, well done on sewing the skirt, especially with a fractured wrist. I like the fabric choice very much. I hope it's feeling better now. My daughter aged 10 has the same machine as you in pink! xx

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  27. Hi Annie, I love your skirt! Your work is beautiful, and a great choice of fabric and style. I also think you are a very good writer! I really enjoyed reading your description of the class, how you chose your fabric etc, and your enjoyment of the course really shone through your words. Hope your wrist heals very soon x

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  28. Hello Annie - I'm really impressed by your sewing and your writing. Your skirt looks great!

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