Bitten by the Sewing Bug: Skirt and Project Bag

As I said I might do in my last post, Cheating on Knitting: Down the Rabbit Hole, I did in fact skip knit group on Thursday.  I started off doing some needlepoint and then I broke out the borrowed sewing machine to try to finish up my skirt.  I had been working on a simple A-line skirt using a pattern from Simplicity as my very first sewing project.  All I had left when I started work on the skirt that night was to sew down the waistband, do the hem, and sew on the hook and eye closure.  All of that ended up taking me three hours, which seems like way longer than it should have, but I chalk that up to my inexperience.  I mean, I sewed the waistband down twice because the first time didn’t catch enough on the inside, plus I basically sewed one and a half closures since I did the wrong half first the first time. 😛

All in all, it came out well and I am extremely proud of it.  Of course the skirt is not without its faults and mistakes, but overall it looks great to me and each mistake is a learning experience. 🙂

Here are a couple in-progress pictures from Thursday and a sassy-hip photo from when I wore it the next day:

cat helps pin the hem
JJ wanted to help me pin the hem.
pinning the hem
Part one of hem ready to press!
wearing the skirt
I know my posture does nothing to show off the skirt. I am sorry.

I’ve been wanting to sew project bags and earlier this week, I saw Very Shannon’s free tutorial for a reversible sock bag and decided to give it a shot!  I had the machine for one more day after finishing the skirt, so I went shopping after work on Friday and bought some cute quilting cotton for some bags.  After getting home, I got right to work and the whole process from tracing out templates on parchment paper to feeding the drawstring through my bag took me three hours.  I’m so proud of the way it turned out, but I am already planning improvements to make my perfect bag.  I bought a few bag patterns while I was out because they were on sale for $1 each, so I have a bunch more to make to get ideas from and to learn from. 🙂

I neglected to take any progress pictures while sewing up the bag, but here it is posing as a brand new FO:

open bag with drawstring facing front

open bag

bag closed up

I think I have been bitten by the sewing bug, guys.

My mom decided to give me her sewing machine, so she is sending it to me from Texas and it should be delivered on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy because I am moving to a new apartment tomorrow!  Assembling IKEA furniture is kind of like crafting, right?

I have also made some progress on my Summer Sweater KAL (#sskal15) cardigan and I am most of the way through a sock.

cardigan progress
Added a couple more inches to the body last night
sock progress
Self-patterning sock yarn from Deborah Norville Serenity Sock

Now to pack more boxes and resume being stressed.


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