After a 6 week absence, I finally sat behind the sewing machine, and made something!
This is my new wrap skirt – made using the “Make it Perfect” pattern – “The Versatile Wrap”. I love the fabric, but I have to say honestly that the pattern is a great disappointment. It is very basic and shapeless – something that would not bother me much if it were a free tutorial, but bothers me a lot when I paid $16 for it. I suspect that all the bloggers who wrote about this being a “great pattern” had not made clothing before. Having grown up with a prolific sewer for a Mother makes me quite aware of what should be expected of even a basic garment pattern.
Forgive me for this low light photo -it has been very grey here, so this is the best “self-photo” I could accomplish.
I made several modifications to the instructions, to try and give the skirt more shape and to finish it more neatly. I added 2 darts to the back panel (4″ long 1″ wide) and 2 darts to each of the overlapping front panels (3″ long 1/2″ wide). I also sandwiched the raw edges of both the top and bottom of the skirt, inside the waistband, and hem trim.
I probably would not have made this up at all, once I had a look at the pattern itself, had I not already purchased exactly the required amounts of fabric.
I am going to have to get a copy of Nikki’s book, next time I want to make a wrap skirt, I know that that girl can write a great pattern.
I thought I would share with you the little collection of characters that are behind me on the window-sill in the self portrait, (beside our front door). The kids and I have been collecting the occasional Lego Mini-figures. These little folks come in opaque packs, and it is luck that determines who you find inside.
One of my favorites is the Vampire. The kids have arranged them in order of which series they came from – series 4 is the series in Australian stores at the moment.
Kimono girl is another favorite – there was much squeezing of packs, trying to work out which one contained her solid-block “legs”.
We are a Lego-loving family, and currently have 9 mini-figures in our collection: Zombie, Demolition Dummy, Deep Sea Diver, Vampire, Race Car Driver, Samurai Warrior, Kimono Girl, Sailor and Artist.
Do you have any at your place?