This summer after taking a loooong break from sewing (I’m talking like 3-4 years), while planning a trip to Miami I decided to make a matching crop top and pencil skirt out of this beautiful floral knit fabric from mood fabrics. The trend, made popular by Kim Kardashian, was and still is all the rage. I can’t wait to make more for next spring and summer.
I didn’t use any patterns. I drafted all pieces by using clothes I already had and maaaaany YouTube videos. This is the result!! I think it turned out pretty well! But now that I’ve been seriously sewing for a few months here are some things I will be doing differently next time:
1.) Use stay tape. After doing some reasearch Sewkeys seems to have the best stay tape. It comes in fusible and non-fusible and three colors white, natural and black. I’ve used it in other garments and it seems to hold up to laundering well and very easy to use. And for those who don’t know what stay tape is and what it does, it is used to prevent seams from stretching out over time. It can also be used to prevent hems from stretching as you sew with your machine.
2.) Create a paper pattern. I drafted my pattern directly onto the back side of my garment fabric and now that I love my garment I don’t have a paper pattern to use to draft another skirt or crop top. I’m especially upset about not having a paper pattern for the crop top because though I totally guessed on the proportions and sizing it turned out perfect. Crop tops are my specialty and I don’t even have a trusted pattern to use. Booo!!
3.) Write down my steps. One thing I’ve learned is that the actual sewing should take the least amount of time. Planning, designing and figuring out the logistics of your garment should be your top priority, the actual sewing is the easy part! When you’re creating a garment I recommend writing everything down from the type, amount and cost of fabric, type and color of thread, type of needle used, the steps for the actual construction of the garment and even the tension you use on your sewing machine. These things are all so important and when you want to make the garment again or more importantly sell your item, having these details archived will save you so much time and frustration!