Friday, September 11, 2009

Still Trying To Cheat

Apparently, I didn't learn my lesson last time about trying to cheat with sewing. So I tried it again last night. But before I tell you all about it, look at my new craft area! I'm still getting it organized, but just having a desk set up just for me is a big step!

OK, so for Cheater Sewing 101 today, we'll be turning this teen tank-top thingy (bought at Target on clearance for $4) into a little girls' skirt. Just trim off the top maroon part, leaving just about an inch to fold over for the waist band. Sew one straight line (the "straight" part is optional) around leaving an inch opening to put the elastic in. Feed the elastic in and then sew the two ends of the elastic together.
And, voila! Naomi's new skirt. She is, in fact, wearing it at school right now! (Pardon the tennis shoes with the skirt, it was a rainy day so she had to wear practical shoes) She loves it - and longer skirt are so hard to find in stores.

Since that went so well, I thought I'd give it another shot. I also bought this strapless sun-dress (at Target on clearance for $6) to turn into a skirt for me. Same basic idea. I just chopped off the top part, made a band, put the elastic in, and sewed it up.

A larger skirt was a little more tricky - the finished skirt's hem is a little uneven because I didn't measure and such while I made it - but it works.

No picture of me wearing it because I was too lazy to change outfits entirely just for a photo shoot. The skirt goes to my knees and is a little loose around the waist (I might go back and tighten it or I might be too lazy).

So, I guess I'm still trying to sew by cheating. I really do plan to actually get a pattern and give it a shot ... one of these days... I just couldn't pass up these cute fabrics in the store. But at least I didn't totally fail this time!


Clyde said...

Both skirts are great looking!... you're very creative - not a cheater.

PS If the lazyness is over give us a pic of you wearing it. :)

angela michelle said...

"because I didn't measure and such while I made it"
Nanc, I adore your devil-may-care attitude about things like MEASURING. I'm sure you'll look fabulous in your crooked skirt. Is that the sundress I kept looking at in Virginia and you kept looking at me like I was crazy?

Rebecca said...

i don't think it's cheating! It's being amazingly creative!

Spencer and Kami said...

Very nice Nancy!!! Naomi looks so pretty!

Melissa Lester said...

Cute ideas and great fabrics!

Jolie said...

You are so talented, Nancy! Impressive!

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