I have a board on Pinterest vaguely entitled "Projects." It's a collection of things that are both beautiful and completely unlikely to ever enter my life as anything other than a photograph online. But thanks to the great Pinterest Challenge, one of them actually jumped into my real live...via sewing machine.
It's a billion degrees in Phoenix right now, and maxi skirts have become a lifesaver - it's like wearing your favorite pjs in public and looking stylish. Pinterest has all sorts of DIY options, like these:
A Small Snippet's maxi dress option, however, really stood out...so I got out my buddy/enemy the sewing machine and got to work. Months ago I'd purchased a few yards of jersey fabric when I visited the bulk fabric store nearby...I also bought more burlap than anyone will ever need in three lifetimes, but at least the learning experience didn't cost much. Armed with the stretchy jersey fabric and my outstanding Pinterest-guided instructional, I delved in.
A quick note: if you want an effective tutorial on how to make a maxi dress or skirt, check out A Small Snippet's page. If you want a guide to how to get around every single thing that could go wrong during the making of such a project, I'm your girl - keep reading.
Step One: I cut the fabric wide enough to wrap around me 1.5 times, and long enough to make me trip over it every time I moved. Then I sewed the sides together to create a giant fabric loop. Problem One: an enormous difference in fabric lengths at the end. I ignored Problem One and hoped I could deal with it when I hemmed the skirt.,
Step Two: Elastic thread. The maxi dress tutorial gave great instructions for how to use elastic thread, so I trekked to the crafts store to pick some up. And then, when the first store didn't have any, I drove even farther to get to Michael's. And once again, I was reminded that there are great inconveniences to living around the wonderful downtown Phoenix area. My Michael's is apparently smaller than most stores and their sewing section is - I kid you not - three feet wide. No elastic thread to be found, so I opted for this elastic cord instead.
I made sure the skirt was gathered evenly across the whole loop, ensured that it fit around my waist and then moved onto Step Three, where I got brave enough to sew the top onto the skirt. I used a t-shirt that is too short to wear most of the time, so I didn't cut the shirt off. The pinning went well until I ran into Problem Three: my failure to line up the back of the t-shirt with the seam of the skirt. Easily solved, after numerous negative interactions with straight pins as I repinned the top and bottom together.
I took the visible seam as a sign that it was time for Step Five: belt options. I made a matching one out of a strip of the same jersey fabric, then sewed a strip of elastic to make it gathered on both sides. It's a stretchy loop that easily slides on if I want to wear it with the dress.
Since I was already taking these awkward photographs of myself against my newly-painted wall, I threw in another Pinterest idea, as well. This pin suggested adorable ribbons to dress up otherwise boring flat shoes. Tried and tested: once I adjusted to the odd feeling of having ribbon wrapped around my foot, I loved the upgrade!
Check out hundreds of great Pinterest successes at these sites: