Fall is here and I just made a mini skirt! Either I’m a season too late for Spring/Summer 2017 or too eager for Spring/Summer 2018. Anyways, I have not worn mini skirts since the early 2000s and I’m absolutely lovin’ it!
I bought a pair of pre-loved vintage Levi’s 501 with the aim to tailor it into a modern, slim fit. As you probably know by my previous posts, I was obsessed (and still am) with the idea of having a modern fit jeans made of vintage fabric.
Anyways, I was not able to tailor these jeans to get the fit that I want. I kept having un-attractive extra fabric at the back of the thigh. (note to self: take more pattern drafting classes) However, I love how this jeans fit in the waist and butt so I cut off the legs to make shorts.
Then, mini skirts made a comeback (after years of domination by midi & knee length skirt) and I decided that I want one ASAP. So I turned the shorts into this little cute number.
Super duper EASY y’all! Only 3 steps:
1. Undo crotch seams with seam ripper
2. Sew front and back flaps (overlapping)
3. Trim excess fabric from flaps and hem
(Extra easy since I left the hem RAW because I’m lazy and cool like that.)
2 things: jeans thread and needle
Anyways, if you even have the slightest desire to try this DIY project, DO IT now! Super easy and super cute result, I promise.
pictures: Vancouver, by Tomo
One day I’d love to pattern draft my own designs instead of relying solely on commercial patterns. So I’ve been taking pattern drafting lessons from my talented friend, Elena. She’s a fashion designer who has a wealth of sewing and pattern drafting knowledge..I’m so excited to absorb as much as I can. This fleece skirt was the result of our first few lessons.
When I look into my closet I realize that I have mostly dark bottoms. I was super excited to make this skirt so that I can wear light coloured bottoms for a change. Light grey seems like the perfect colour for skirts, a refreshing alternative to the usual black or brown yet still neutral.
It is recommended to start with a classic style skirt when learning how to pattern draft. We took my body measurements and created a basic skirt pattern based on them. For a skirt all I needed was my waist and hip measurements as well as how long I wanted the skirt to be. It helps to have someone measure the length for me as trying to bend down and measure by myself results in inaccurate measurements. Somehow I always find it difficult trying to decide how long I want my skirts or dresses to be.. sigh I’m so indecisive sometimes.
Ideally I’d use wool suiting for the most classic of the classic. However, I’ve been wanting to make a stretch, slitted skirt from fleece fabric. It’s quite tricky to create slits on stretch fabrics, fortunately interfacings exist. I chose fleece stretch fabric as it was late October and I wanted something warmer than regular knits.
Regular zipper and tons of interfacing to reinforce slits and waistband. I used different types of interfacing as it was also a great way for me to learn and practice using all the different varieties out there. For the slits, I used a non-woven, iron-on interfacing while for the waistband I used a sew-in. In retrospect, I would have used a woven, iron-on interfacing as it fuses better without the wrinkles that I sometimes get with a non-woven. For the hem, I used an iron-on hem tape for the first time. Another notion that I would have needed was a button but I wasn’t quite able to do a buttonhole on my machine so I’ll probably sew in some snaps later.
As it is winter, I’m wearing this super warm fur ear muff that I got in Whistler Village and my ARITZIA bomber jacket. I love that this bomber jacket is so lightweight and versatile, it came with a small pouch to stuff into. I’ve been obsessed with this cut out sweater from PRIMARK, good thing we don’t have PRIMARK here in Vancouver..and I’m toting my favorite everyday bag, this black zippered STRAW carryall.
Anyways, happy new year & look out for more self-drafted pieces in 2017 🙂 One of my new year’s resolutions.
photos: Vancouver by RY