Wednesday, March 12, 2014

W.i.P. Wednesday: Hemming and Hawing

I took the fabulous Skip the Tailor class last weekend at Gather Here.  Virginia is a gifted seamstress and does a wonderful job at explaining how to alter garments.  I was a bit worried about chopping up my new Lilly Pulitzer maxi skirt with it's fancy hem but at 5' 2" that was the only way I was ever going to get to wear it.  Virginia walked me through removing the facing, trimming the skirt to match the existing curve, and reattaching the facing plus hemming the lining.  Left to my own devices I definitely would not have done as professional looking a job of it.  She also helped me take in the straps off another dress so the top fits correctly.  I've got another skirt lined up to go back next month, it'll be such a treat to finally get to wear these fabulous clothes:-)

While I was at it I was inspired to also hem these pants that have been sitting in my mending pile for way too long.  It's so easy following this tutorial by Refashion, Repurpose, Redo...

I also got a start on Oh, Fransson!'s Sewing Circle Tote but it's not going to be ready in time for this year's BostonMQG retreat.  I'm packed up and ready to go so hopefully the weather will cooperate and I'll be sewing up a storm this weekend:-)

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  1. Love the start of the tote - the colors are great and love the fussy cutting! Found you through WIP Wednesday!

  2. Altering garments is a tough job. I can only do it for myself. I always upset people when I do them a mending/altering favor. So, I usually stay away from it.

    I am loving the fabrics you used for Sewing Circle Tote! Those FMQs also look great! You might have already planned for your trip, but if you work on the tote at the retreat you will have something to carry everything back ;).

  3. What am awesome class to take! I am seriously lacking in garment knowledge so that would be invaluable! Love the start of the Circle Tote :)

  4. Congrats on the garment altering! And for that tutorial link...a much easier approach then my usual method to rehem jeans. Have a wonderful time at the retreat!

  5. It looks like a gorgeous skirt and you did a great job on hemming it. We quilters often get so into a rhythm of squares, HST's and the occasional curved seam that we lose our confidence in the clothing items we routinely worked on years ago. I had a similar experience of being rusty when hemming a dress and posted about it here: Sewing repairs often sit around for a while til we are "in the mood" . I love the saying, "Asking a quilter to mend is like asking a great chef to do the dishes...."