I checked this book out from my library last week, and have been anxious to try out the a-line skirt pattern. You know from my last few posts that I have stocked up on fabric. So, I decided that last night was the night to do it.
I have NEVER understood patterns; they always seem like a foreign language to me. I tend to grow quite impatient with projects that don't go quickly and easily, so I typically just wing it, and then when they don't turn out, I end up just tossing it in frustration. My patience with sewing has grown quite a bit over the last few years, however, so the outcome might not be as bad now as it would have 4 or 5 years ago.
But, this book was different. The instructions were so clear and easy to follow. I learned a lot of tricks that would have made a big difference in past projects! Following the book's directions, I even learned to put in a zipper!
(I kindly ask that you ignore my laundry pile in the background; at least its folded. And also my granola bar breakfast; I was in a hurry. Thanks.)
I am really happy with the structure of my first skirt. I purposely used this fabric, knowing that it was more of a tester. I love the material, but I think it would make an even cuter summer apron or even a picnic basket liner! My next skirt will probably be out of the chocolate brown and turquoise fabric that I got in Canton, because it is my favorite.