Yes…. in a blatant ripoff of the Sometimes Sewist, I’m posting a Throwback Thursday…#TBT to you young, hip kids 😉
This is my Simplicity 2286 completed way back in 2012, solidly pre-blog. In fact, this was the first finished garment I made once I really got into sewing…. There was a very 80’s leopard print jumper/overall atrocity made for a Girl Scout sewing badge in elementary school, which we don’t talk about *shudder*.
Simplicity 2286 is solidly a beginner/learn to sew pattern and a really great one! There’s no closures, but a lot of very basic skills 🙂
I honestly can’t remember too much about making this, except I basically completed it in a day from cutting the pattern pieces to hemming. I also cut straight into my “special” fabric….no muslins, no trial runs in less “special” fabric!
The fabric is a vintage barkcloth my Mom had gotten, she had had it since forever (I remember rummaging through her fabric stash and finding it periodical growing up). I’m not sure how old it actually is, but I’d say at least 1970’s. And there couldn’t have been much more than a yard 😦
It is amazing looking back….. I just jumped straight in- there was no hemming and hawing about finding the “right” pattern, no muslins, no trial runs to make sure I had gotten all the techniques down; there was just cutting (and the hubris of a beginner). I guarantee you had I not made this skirt that fabric would probably still be languishing in my stash waiting for the “perfect” project….. there’s a lesson somewhere in that
Now, being the n00b that I was, I actually didn’t finish the seams….at all. I also, used the wrong size elastic, twisted said elastic, and then hemmed it too short. It was kind of a hot mess if you looked close enough! So, after a year or two of things slowly unraveling with each wash, which honestly wasn’t that much because I hardly wore it due to fear of flashing everyone every time I bent over, I went back and “fixed” everything.
I used store bought bias tape and finished everything with Hong Kong seams. I also unpicked the hem and used lace hem tape to help lengthen things a bit. And replaced the elastic.
Since then I’ve gotten a lot more use out of it! I still find it a bit short and so will usually pair it with tights, but given I only started with about a yard it’s not too bad!
And there you have it! I’ve got a couple of other pre-blog makes I could post about, so we’ll see if this becomes a regular thing 😉