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The Blue Shindig Skirt ~ Guest Contributor

About 3 months ago, I was asked once more to participate in the Queen of the Castle Magazine. Not to be a cover-model but to share my blog and sewing projects. Below is one of the two projects submitted.I tried to write an article that would make it easy for newbie's to start, enjoy, and continue with the trade. The article was designed to introduce sewing seekers, the simple way to start. I also had a fantastic photo shoot.

I like to think of myself as dynamite, ready to ignite and burst into flames with ideas. Be creative both day and night is my motto. During the day I am the Administrative Assistant at UnitedHealthCare and at night I’m a super fashion sewist.  You can say that I’m a pretty laid back chick, love making new friends that share a common interest. I pretend to be an athlete, by running at least 6 days of the week for pleasure as well as training. During my quest for inner creativity, I’ve became addicted to sewing and sewing blogs (reading and drooling over the successful projects of others). My blog is all about being creative through sewing, fashion and sharing helpful tips.  Today I share two projects that could lead you down a creative path. So brace yourself!

Testing the Water!

Have you ever thought about sewing your own clothing? Well I do all the time, and I have been progressively sewing the last 3 years. I’m no longer tracing, cutting and sewing.  I begin each project by formulating a theme. This makes the process exciting an engaging. As I learn to make more time for my passion, this start propels the end results.

If you’re new to sewing or thinking about starting, it can be very intimidating. When I started I was overwhelmed but trust me, you can accomplish beautiful garments. Also remember, not every project will end up a show and tell.

To entice your sewing buds, I would recommend musing through fashion magazines and reading sewing books. Visit your local library; you can borrow many inspiring books. I love to test drive these and decide if I want to buy them at a later date. A skirt is an easy project to start with, the fabric helped a great deal. Remember I am by no means a professional 

The blue shindig skirt or ’20 shake down

Sewing in 2012 – Beginner Fashion Sewing Project 1 of 2

Project Recipe 

Blue Ruffle Fabric (purchased in Trinidad)

2 inch wide black elastic


Step 1:- Cut the fabric the length and width you desire. Basically you are creating a cylinder or tube like shape.  I measured my waist and added 1 ½ inch to both sides, because the fabric is a 2-way stretch.

Step2:- Sew the sides of your fabric. I personally like to from the hem upwards to the waist.  I’m not sure if that’s the proper way. However I take comfort knowing that my hem line will be even.

Step3:- Measure your waist again, depending on the give it has you can cut to fit your waist. My elastic was really stiff so I added an additional inch.

Step 4:- Sew three gather stitches around the waist, where you’ll be placing the elastic. Once sewn, gather to fit the elastic. Pin fabric to elastic and sew (you can also baste stitch this step for ease of mind).

I’m confident that any beginner sewer will be successful and happy with this project.

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