I know what you’re thinking- what do you mean how to wear my own clothes? I wear my clothes all the time! Key word- own. Yes, I made that floral cyan, high-waisted, A-line, skirt with in-seam pockets, an invisible zipper, lining and pleats! I am donning a couture skirt made by yours truly… and get this, it was the first skirt I ever made in the span of a month without ever knowing how to sew. How so, you wonder? Well, I’ve always had an interest in fashion and being a designer, but I’d much rather be a fashion dictator by designing clothes! Read on to find out!
The outfit: Asymmetrical Cloche Hat | Coral Belt | Lace Crop Top | Floral Skirt (Similar)
Anyone that knows me knows that I am always wearing skirts- I love them- they are feminine and accentuate your best features. If you recall my New Years resolution post, then you’ll remember one of my goals was to learn how to make an A-line skirt. I started early with this goal and decided to take an introduction to sewing class at JoAnn Fabric’s. The class taught me how to use the sewing machine basically and how to do basic sewing to make a small handbag. However, they didn’t have any classes on how to make a skirt, so I searched online. This is when I came across a class from Craftsy for only $20 on how to Design and Sew an A-Line Skirt. I learned the lingo quickly (ie, hemlines, patterns, bias tape, muslin, how many yards, swedish tracing paper, Fiskar scissors) when I went to JoAnn to get my shopping list for the course.
After getting all of my material and buying a sewing machine, I realized I had forgotten everything I learned at the class on how to use the machine. I read the manual and watched Youtube videos to re-teach myself. The rest is history… I then started watching the course and made my own skirt patterns and two practice muslin skirts. Then, I continued watching the class and decided it was time to make the real skirt. I instantly fell in love with the fabric at JoAnn..the floral pattern caught my eye from afar and I knew it would be the perfect look for my first skirt. It was surprisingly easy to add in lining, an invisible zipper and in-seam pockets. However, it takes an insane amount of hours and alot of dedication/patience and discipline. It’s definitely fun for a fashion enthusiast like me, but you really have to want it!
And viola! Out came my finished skirt and I even threw in a matching pocket square for Mr. Gentlementality! I found it is best to take a whole day when you have hours at a time in the beginning when you are first learning to spend your project. One of my favorite parts was actually pattern making and designing the actual skirt! Floral is always in and safe to wear; if you don’t want to make your own haute couture skirt, then here are some great options for purchase: