Have you ever gone to a store and bought some item, and then regretted it once you got home? But, you were too lazy to return it and it really was a great deal? You find yourself rationalizing how to keep this said item until it’s too late and you’re stuck with it. Well, a funny thing happened to me a couple years ago that hearkens back to this very dilemma.
One day a couple years ago (it may have actually been close to a decade ago, ay yi yi!) when I had terrible taste in clothing and absolutely no idea about fit or cut, I saw this a-line skirt for sale. I thought it was such an appealing print that I paid no mind to the fact that it didn’t fit in the waist and it was much too long for me. I kept it hanging in my closet for years just looking at the print and wishing I knew why I never liked the way it looked on me.
Well, I finally faced this skirt demon and decided that I should make it into something usable. Since there was really too much material, I thought making it into a pencil skirt would be just the ticket. I found a great youtube tutorial from Craftovision that gave a quick and simple tutorial on how to make your own skirt pattern and then assemble your very own pencil skirt. It looked so easy!
This skirt took longer than I anticipated. I ended up re-sewing the zipper 4 times because I couldn’t get it right. I had to redo the darts since the darts from the pattern didn’t quite fit my body correctly, and I decided to move the zipper to the side and re-use the wide waistband from the original skirt, modifying it so that it actually fit me. I also added a slit in the back of the skirt so it would be easier to move around, which ended up in me improvising a bit on the pattern.
Man, I really need to improve my sewing skills! However, that being said, I’m very pleased with the result and I hope that should I happen to be so daring as to try this again, it will be much quicker the next time around!