The inaugural Sew-a-skirt workshop!

For ages, I’d been um-ing and ah-ing about running a workshop on how to make a basic A-line skirt. It seemed like quite a lot of lovely girls I know want to learn how to sew, and a basic A-line is a pretty good starting place (in my opinion, anyway!), but would they be interested in a workshop on it? But finally, I bit the bullet and put forward the suggestion to my craft group, the awesome Crafty Foxes. Instant success! Turns out a whole lot of awesome girls were interested! In fact, I was a little bit overwhelmed by the response. So I planned a second workshop as well. πŸ™‚ (After all, with limited space and sewing machinery, I figure I can only teach three people at a time.)

We held the first workshop on Saturday, with two lovely attendees being my guinea pigs for it all – Emi and Katia. I taught them how to take measurements, how to draft a basic skirt pattern to their measurements, and how to cut out and sew up a skirt from that pattern. Lots of fun, although they found the mathematics involved with pattern drafting unexpected and challenging! They each walked away with two made-to-measure skirt patterns though – one for a basic straight skirt, and the other an A-line skirt modification. And, of course, the skirts they made from the A-line pattern! πŸ™‚ And we had heaps of fun doing it all!

Here’s some photos from the day:

Drafting up a pattern....

More pattern drafting

Sewing skirts up

Learning to use an overlocker

Katia's completed skirt! Purple stretch fine-wale corduroy with pink and orange lace stripes

Emi's completed skirt! Black heavy weight cotton drill with a green-with-white-polka-dots ribbon trim

The second workshop is happening this Sunday, so stay tuned for more awesome skirt-sewing results! πŸ™‚

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