Mad About Maxis – Tutorial Tuesday

I want to try something new here…Tutorial Tuesdays. Now, this doesn’t mean I will be posting a tutorial every Tuesday (although that would be fantastic if I could) but when I do post one, it will be on Tuesdays. Hints the name :)

Anyone who knows me, knows I love maxis…skirts and dresses. And as you know by now, I also love floral prints, specifically for spring.

I decided that I was going to take my sewing machine home during spring break so I could make a maxi skirt for this season. But then I decided against bringing it home because I had already packed a lot and didn’t want to burden myself with packing more. Instead, while I was home I searched for the perfect fabric and bought all the supplies I would need to make the maxi skirt. I got home, measured and cut my fabric into skirt panels and pockets and then waited until I got back to school to sew it together. This way, once I got back to school, all I would have to do is sew, saving me a ton of time. I always find that measuring and cutting fabric is the most tedious and time-consuming part about sewing.

Many of the items I sew I follow from online tutorials. I am not the biggest fan of patterns because they are a pain in the butt to cut and fold back up afterwards, even though using a pattern helps you get more accurate measurements. That being said, I made this maxi skirt following this tutorial from A Small Snippet. This is the third item I have sewn following one of her sewing tutorials. The other two were a mini and a maxi dress from this tutorial. Just like my post on the turban headband, I am going to post my own step-by-step pictures of how I made the skirt.

Supplies:

Fabric of your choosing. I purchased 1.5 yards, I am 5’3 and this was more than enough. I had extra room at the bottom to cut out pockets.//Elastic for your waistband. I used a 2″ elastic, mainly because that is what LeAna from A Small Snippet did, but also because I pictured the 2″ looking better than another size.//Matching thread//Scissors//Sewing Machine//Safety pin

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1. Measure the part of your waist or hips where you want to top of the skirt to lay. The part of my waist I chose is approximately 30″.

2. Measure how long you want the length of the skirt to be and then add approximately six inches to that. The extra 6 inches is so you have space to hem the bottom of the skirt and fold the top down to create a casing for your elastic.

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3. Cut two panels of the skirt. Each panel should be the width of your waist (or hips) you measure from step 1 and the length from step 2. I ended up with two panels each 28.5″ wide and 45″ long. (I would have chosen to cut it 30″ wide but my fabric wasn’t wide enough).

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4. This is where you cut your pockets out if you choose to add them. There is a PDF document to cut out of the pocket pattern over at A Small Snippet where the original tutorial is. I chose to trace around my hand and then cut the outline.

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5. Now that you have your pockets cut, right sides together, pin two to one of the skirt panels. Make sure the pocket pieces are slanted downward. I pinned mine 6 inches from the top, which is what LeAna did as well. Do this on both the skirt panels.

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6. Sew the pockets to the panels with a 1/4 inch seam.

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7. Iron the seams.

8. Pin the skirt panels, right side together, with the pockets sticking out.

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9. Only sew one side of the panel, making sure to curve around the pocket.

10. Now you have one large skirt panel with a pocket.

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11. With the skirt panel laying right side down, fold and iron down 1/4 inch of the fabric at the top. After ironing, fold and iron down another 2 1/2 inches. This will be the casing for your elastic.

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12. Sew the bottom edge of the casing.

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13. Now pin the panels of the skirt together on the last side, pinning pockets together and following the curve while sewing. Make sure not to sew closed the casing so you can thread the elastic through.

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15. If you haven’t cut your elastic yet, do so now. Cut the elastic about 2-4 inches smaller than you waist measurement or wherever you wanted your skirt to sit on you.

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14. Now thread the elastic through the casing. This is easiest if you attach a safety pin to lead the elastic through.

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15. After you thread the elastic into the casing, sew the ends of it together.

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16. Now tuck the raw edges into the casing and sew that up.

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17. Now you have a skirt. All that is left is to hem the bottom. Fold the edge over once and iron, then fold and iron again to hide the raw edges.

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18. Last but not least, sew the edge and have a finished maxi skirt.

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I finished this later in the evening so I don’t have good photos of me wearing it yet. But I promise to post them once I do.

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I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Check out A Small Snippet’s tutorial to follow a few extra steps that I took out, including a lining in the skirt and an extra ruffle in the elastic.

Please share with me if you have any great sewing DIYs or if you try this one. I’d love to see how it turned out and what other great ideas you have.

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Favorite Blogs

Welcome back! At least that’s what I am hoping…that some of you came back for seconds to check out my update for today. Seeing as I am still new to this whole blog thing and I am still fascinated by it, I am going to try to post daily for a little bit. But being that I do have a life, and a semi-busy one at that, I hope to post regularly, but maybe not daily.

Now, remember in my last post when I said writing this blog is a great way procrastinate? Well I finished my paper I mentioned yesterday, but now I have a test to study for. It’s on Thursday. However, it’s a pretty simple class and the tests are relatively easy. In case you were wondering, I am taking International Travel and Culture, it is a neat class and the tests are basic memorization. See, easy peasy.

This is where I express my annoyance with this blog. I typed out a pretty lengthy one earlier this afternoon (while procrastinating), hit the publish button, and nothing happened. I went to my blog to check out what it looked like…nothing. I checked my posts button, nothing. So here I am trying to re-type up everything that I worked on this afternoon. It was basically a post about my favorite blogs. So here we start anew.

There are four blogs that I follow.It’s not a constant thing, but I always make a conscious effort to check out what is new in their worlds on days that I decide I need something else to look at other than Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

  • Little Miss Momma
  • Sweet Verbena
  • Love Maegan
  • Undressed Skeleton

The first three blogs I have known about for some time now. Usually over summer and other school vacations I find myself checking out blogs a lot. I like ones with sewing, crafting, tips, ect… Summer Crafts 016

The first blog on my list, Little Miss Momma, is about her life with her 2 young sons. She does a lot of crafting and I have made a few necklaces that she had tutorials about on her site. They are very pretty and I always get compliments when I wear them. Here is a picture of my favorite one that I usually wear with any scoop neck shirt.

Blog number two, Sweet Verbena, is a favorite of mine because it is run by a girl just about a year or so older than me, so everything she has is something I very much like. She has a lot of amazing sewing tutorials, some of which I have duplicated myself. She always has super cute things that I find myself looking up her blog to see if she has anything new that I can do. There is a very cute dress she has on there that I plan on sewing at some point. Maybe over Spring Break? We’ll see…

Love Maegan is the other blog that I have followed for a while. This blog is amazing, it is run by this woman who is super trendy and hip. She posts so many outfits of the day and every one of them is something to be desired. Each outfit is super cute and makes me wish I had her wardrobe. One of my favorite posts Love Maegan does are her hair tutorials. Did I mention she also has perfect hair? Therefore, I feel the need to try all of her hair tutorials and follow the videos to learn for myself.

The fourth blog on my list is a recent blog just started following last week.I found Undressed Skeleton on Pinterest. She has such an inspiring blog. As a child she struggled with weight issues and was often made fun of. However, she one day found a routine that helped her lose the weight in a healthy and safe way. Now she is super fit and posts great healthy and delicious recipes, almost daily. They all look great although I haven’t tried any for myself yet. I will definitely be sure to let you all know when I do and how it comes out.

I hope you all check out these blogs and can see why I liked them. They are great. Are there any blogs that you all follow? Please share them with me and tell me why they are so great :) I always love finding new great blogs and bloggers to follow.

Until my next post, I want to leave you all with this: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken,” Oscar Wilde.

A Little About Me & My Musings on Becoming A Better Writer

For the past year or so I have wanted to start my own blog. It’s a great way to express yourself, become a better writer, learn about yourself, tell stories, share ideas, etc…. The only problem is that I don’t know where to start. I have read a lot about good blogs being centered around a theme, i.e. mommy blogs, fashion blogs, how-to blogs, anything focused. But my issue is that I don’t know what I want to center this blog around. I know that I want to become a better writer, for sure. This is because I really want to go into the realm  of Public Relations and to be in PR it is imperative that you know how to write. And I have also read that good writers write, a lot, about anything. So to become a better writer I will start to write. Therefore, I guess I am just going to start out this way. Writing about what comes to mind. My thoughts about my day, my surroundings or my views on certain topics.

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Also, writing this blog is a great way to procrastinate what I really need to be doing. For example, I currently need to be writing a paper that is due tomorrow morning. I promise I will get on that shortly. I just really wanted to write and post this first blog post. I have been mulling it over for a little bit now and wanted to get my pen to paper, so to speak.

I think I will start by giving a little background about myself: Let’s see how many sentences I can start with the word, letter actually, “I”. I am a 21 year old, college senior graduating this May from THE Florida State University, home of the Florida State Seminoles (GO ‘NOLES!). I am a proud sister of a Panhellenic Sorority on campus, although I think I would like that to remain a secret as to which one for a little while. You all may comment and guess which one if that is what you fancy. My boyfriend and I have been dating for a little oveImager two and a half years, we just celebrated our third Valentine’s day together last week. My family dynamic is a little crazy to describe, but it isn’t really that crazy when you think about it. I will explain: My older sister (she is 27) and I have the same parents (both mom and dad), then we have a younger half sister (age 16) from our dad and his late ex-girlfriend, then we have another, even younger, half sister (age 13) from our mom and step-dad. See, a little confusing. I usually just stick to tell people that I am one of four girls, because I really am. However, we haven’t all lived in the same house together ever, so I always feel the need to explain. But whose asking? Moving on now. I am a big fan of sewing and crafting. I have sewn several outfits that I love to wear and I try to get better as I continue. I need to get better at choosing the right fabrics for certain garments, however, I just love the prints of cotton so much that I always want to sew with cotton but then nothing is ever stretchy, so sometimes I have to scrap something I make because it will never fit right. Reading is always a pastime I enjoy, although since being in college I will admit that it is something I don’t do too often anymore. I have two unopened books sitting next to me on my desk currently that I am just waiting to crack open. Once my paper and test are out of the way I will get right on that! As I mentioned previously, I really want to go into PR once I graduate and start my career with that. I currently have a PR internship here in Tallahassee and just recently interviewed for another one. I am still waiting to hear back but fingers crossed that when I do, it will be good news. I also work in a pizza restaurant called Your Pie. I don’t do much pizza making, mostly just checking out customers, but on occasionally, when needed I will step up to the plate. I am not bad at it, but the other people I work with are much better than I am at making perfectly circular dough.

I’m sure I could go on and on about myself, which is weird because when I am asked to tell people about myself I can never come up with anything to say, odd. For now I will leave you with this…”Do in your heart what you feel to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway” – Elanor Roosevelt.