Everyone has one: their first sewing project ever. If it’s anything like mine, it probably turned out to be an absolute disaster.
Prior to buying my first sewing machine, I started to learn the craft by hand sewing. It was back in the day when I knew nothing about sewing; I mean the difference between sewing machine stitch length and stitch width was confusing even. It’s scary to think just how I have come in the last few years in terms of knowledge and skills.
Very typical of me, I threw myself into a project that was well beyond my ability. Rather than crafting something small and simple, I wanted to create something magnificent and grand and beautiful.
But what to make? Surely there was something easy to start with… and that was a simple circle skirt! It’s one of the most popular tutorials for beginners as its relatively simple, can be drafted to a persons measurements (so unless you screwed up like me it should fit fine) and is immediately useful and wearable.
The skirt was made from a purple polyester, probably making it the cheapest project I have made; the perfect thing for a beginner’s project. As an after thought, this polyester was probably the worst material for an absolute beginner to use: it was so slippery that I struggled to complete even the simplest of tasks. Plus my pins would leave very visible holes in the material, making the tasks even more difficult.
The waistband has absolutely no interfacing so constantly rolls upon itself. My first project at least provided me a great lesson: don’t skimp on necessary materials and tools – things like interfacing isn’t there just to be annoying.
I wanted to make the skirt even more beautiful by adding the hand cut and stitched flowers. Even to today I am impressed by my flowers. Given the quality of the rest of my skirt, somehow the flowers turned out beautifully.
Finally there was my zipper… Do I really need to say much? I’ll just use the excuse that it was hand-stitched.
Pressing, too, makes a huge difference. I don’t think I ever bothered to press my circle skirt. Mind you, my seams were so uneven that it probably wasn’t even worth the effort.
Whilst I wouldn’t be seen in my first circle skirt, ever, I must say that I still have it. I am immensely proud of my circle skirt, as weird and poorly constructed as it is. In fact, seeing it again after all this time really makes me tempted to remake it again… of course using my since learnt skills and knowledge.