Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Skirt

Here's the finished skirt for the Sew Grateful Week. I think? my sister gave me this wool when she was cleaning out her supplies. I used Butterick #B5466, view B, which is an extremely simple pattern. I am please with how it went together so quickly. I plan to make more of these comfortable skirts. The only adjustment I made was to lengthen it by two inches (to cover my ugly knees).

I'm "sew grateful" for all the younger seamstresses, whose blogs I read, for their enthusiasm and inspiration. It's wonderful to see a new generation embrace the skills and creativity of making your own clothes. Seeing so many making and wearing vintage styles gives me hope for the future. We can dress in beautiful and feminine clothes of our own choice, rather than being slaves to the fashion industry a la Vogue.

I've never followed fashion and didn't recognize designers clothes (why should I?) so when I watched the film The Devil Wears Prada I wondered what all the fuss was about. I then subscribed to Vogue to get a better understanding of the fashion world. It's a good thing the subscription was cheap. In the two years I got the magazine I think I tore out pictures of only two outfits that were attractive to me. Most of the clothing, as well as the models, was UGLY! I wondered what happened to the Vogue of the Fifties where the models looked healthy and happy, glamorous and successful. The girls I saw now looked sick, on the verge of death, depressed, drowning in sorrows. SICK! (Sorry for the mini-rant)

So, thank you again, to all you who sew your own clothes for looking healthy, happy, and successful in life. You inspire me to keep honing my skills, trying new challenges and having lots of fun doing it!


  1. I totally agree with you about the new fashion magazines that you see around. My main problem is that they all look downright miserable or absolutely fuming that they got put into the clothes. Honestly, if I had to choose clothes based solely on the models wearing them, I would pick the ones where the models look like they are enjoying themselves 100% of the time!

    PS: That skirt looks so good, and seems like one that would get a regular look-in in my wardrobe!

  2. That looks really nice! I really need to learn how to sew...I keep starting, get a not-very-well-made clothing item, and then give up for a while. All well, I'm gradually gonna get the hang of it.