Book Review: Sew What! Skirts

Sew What Skirts

Sew What! Skirts is one of those books I think anyone who sews and enjoy wearing skirts would really appreciate. With this book you can draft and sew an entire wardrobe of one of a kind skirts made to fit you or who ever you sew for. Even if you follow the latest trends their is a skirt in here for it. This is a very easy book to read and understand, but that said I would only recommend it to someone who has some sewing experience, since it is not very heavy on showing you how to sew the skirts once you have drafted them. With that said here is a quick review of what you get.

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The book contains 9 chapters

  1. How to use this book
  2. Basic skills
  3. Which waistline?
  4. The Classic A-Line
  5. Wrap It!
  6. Circles & Squares
  7. Play it straight with flair
  8. Layer It
  9. How Many Tiers?

There are all pretty much pretty explanatory with each chapter containing at least two skirts.

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The book is a hardback with a spiral binding, which is good for someone like me who can be a little hard on books and is easy to keep open when following the directions to drafting a new pattern.


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The book has both pictures and illustrations. The illustrations are used to show drafting, cutting layouts, and some sewing instructions. The pictures are of the finished skirts.

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Of all the books in my sewing library, is ONE I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to draft their own personal set of skirt sewing patterns. I use this book to draft my first version of the Sabriya Maxi wrap skirt about 10 years ago, which I have since improved upon with more professional drafting techniques.

Do you have a favorite book for drafting skirts, if so do let me know in the comments. And as always until next time, happy sewing…

10 In 10 Minutes or Less (1)

As a m.o.m. (mother of many) I’m always trying to find ways to make use of my small free time. There are some days I don’t get a chance to just sit down and just sew but I can eek out a few minutes here and there and there are somethings one can do in those brief moments that I can have a big impact on a sewing project,. Here are just a few that I hope can help you.

  1. Pretreat your fabric– I do most of my laundry between other house chores and other things. When I know what I am going work on next I just run to my studio grab it up and throw in the washing machine and if I have like colors to go with it in they go too.

  2. Pull out your pattern If you have a pattern collection like I use to have then this can take a few minutes, but having a system for storing your envelop patterns can help a lot.
  3. Press your fabric– Now this may take more than 10 minutes but if you can leave your ironing board up and iron out just doing it a little here and there can get it done sooner than you know it.
  4. Iron your pattern pieces– If you use a lot of big 4 and some indie patterns the tissue paper wrinkles like crazy even (at least for me) after I take the time to
  5. Mark your pattern pieces– If your like most people, you don’t fit commercial patterns right out the envelope and need to do some adjusting. I almost always have to do some type of adjustment.
  6. Gather your notions– For me I just like to put everything on my cutting table and off to the side. I have heard of people using small shoe size storage containers or gallon size storage bags to keep all of their notions for each sewing project.
  7. Thread your machineI don’t have to do this a lot since I stick to only a few colors
  8. Pin a few seams– ┬áNothing here to add
  9. Stitch any straight seams– If you are already familiar with what you are sewing then some seams can probably be stitched out-of-order without interfering with other parts of your project.
  10. Sew on a button– For me this happens at night when the kids are asleep because I find handsewing to be relaxing. For others who wish to use a machine, a button or two can be done in about 10 minutes.

Things like actually adjusting your pattern pieces for fit and cutting out fabric can take me more than 10 minutes, but for some super fast people this could also be done in 10 minutes. These are things I like to reserve for when I do have larger amounts of time to commit and get them done in one session.

How about you, do you have anything that is quick to do that gets you sewing sooner when those big chunks of are available? Do let me know in the comments.

Until next time, happy sewing…

No #MMMay16 But…..

We are now a little more than half way through #MMMay16 and I am not taking part. Not that I don’t want to, most of what I wear now is made by me, but my wardrobe could use a bit of refreshing. My recent makes over the last year and a half have been for others or for work, so that gives you an idea of the last time I sewed for myself.

A while go, not sure how long, I read an article by James Clear which talked about setting up systems instead of making goals. The idea is simple, instead of making goals just focus on setting up a system and you should get results. There have been many a times where I have made big and grand plans for sewing my own wardrobe and have even posted them on my blog only to embarrassingly fail. No more of that I hope.

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So I am going to try a new approach, instead of setting up sewing plans like I have done many times in the past, I’m going to just set aside some time everyday to just sew for myself. I think 30 minutes everyday is a good start. To make my wardrobe building a little easier I plan to just a very limited number of patterns. I plan to use a mix of self drafted patterns, indie patterns, Burda magazine, and big 4 patterns. As of right now I have about 6 patterns and I may add just one more.

I think my first item will be a Fendi inspired skirt using a self drafted pattern. After that I won’t make anymore set plans until after I finish each item. My focus will be just to sew for myself at least 30 minutes everyday. What ever does sewn up I do plan to it here.

Until next time, happy sewing…