Psyche! I'm majorly excited that I made a piece of clothing! That I can wear! On the regular!
I used this tutorial at first, though I modified it a little bit by adding an elastic waistband at the top that I LOVE.
Notes for myself for next time -
- I'm tall - so I need to extend it by a few inches by taking into account how much hemming I'll be doing. It ends just above my knee and I'd wanted it below the knee.
- Making a paper pattern instead of drawing freehand for a beginner makes so much more sense. Especially if I want to extend it. My two sides were slightly different, so my side seams are kind of ruffly/bubbly as a result.
- Even if you think you have curves for days, this will not translate well when drawing on stretchy material. Be more conservative in your drawing - it will definitely compensate.
- Sew the elastic on the outside, not on the inside. It looks much nicer.
- Trying it on with pins in = major ow-ow.
- Stretchy fabric isn't the easiest to work with for a beginner, but it's entirely possible.
- Stretch stitch for stretchy materials!
- Read your manual so you know what your stretch stitch actually is.
- Sewing is totally awesome.
The biggest mistake I made was sewing the elastic on the inside of the waistband, so it's slightly covered when I should have sewed it to the outside, like on your knickers.
If you want to go and check, I'll wait.
|This is what it looks like on the outside. This should be inside.
|This beautiful example of sewing is unfortunately hidden on the inside and
should CLEARLY be on the outside, for all to see and MARVEL.