Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Finally...Ikea fashion

On my "to do" list for several months have been the words "sew skirt". Today I got up in the morning and just went for it. I laid out my Ikea fabric on the living room floor, I pulled out my Little Bird skirt pattern and got down to work.

I have done two prior runs with this pattern, see here, and here. First time I stupidly made the large size, and had to drastically cut it down to fit, then I more reasonably made the medium size, but that was still too big and again needed re-adjustment. I was not game to cut the pattern down to the small size, so with the knowledge that really I am a size 11 I just chopped the pattern down the edge between the medium and small lines, voila, size 11.

Ikea fabrics are 150cm wide so plenty of room to decide the pattern placement for the front and back panels of the skirt. The fabric is fairly thick so it was really easy to work with and I had it all together in no time. I did manage to bend the needle on my sewing machine though. I am unsure how this happened exactly but I did have a hang up about changing a sewing machine needle, so I learned by necessity today how that's done. Someone should have told me it was reeaaaallly easy.

And it fit first time, no adjustments.


beck said...

How satisfying to be able to cross off something on your to do list, in such a lovely way! Your skirt looks ace. I love the birds and flowers xo

Tania said...

Ah! So like Platform nine and three quarters? Thank goodness for that. I just need to remember to NOT stick to the pattern (bad at that). Excellent skirt, Mrs.

Jo's Place said...

Oh I love that skirt, it's a real shame we don't have Ikea here in NZ.

Kellie Christie said...

The skirt looks great! Love the ikea fabric! Like you I have decided that I am actually a size 15... I'm in that halfway stage where 14 is a little small and 16 is a little big, so what can you do?

Yana said...

that fabric is gorgeous and the skirt looks beautiful and like it fits perfectly!!! :)

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

beautiful skirt - and love the fabric ... can't believe it is from IKEA!

Mary said...

I think one of the hardest things for people to understand is that the patterns are not written in stone.

Skirt looks great! Love Ikea!

On the needle- congratulation! Sometimes that's the bet way to go.Just dive in.

Here is a trick from one of my students- put a piece of paper or fabric under the pressure foot when changing the needle and it will never fall down the hole in the throat plate into the bottom of the machine.

yardage girl said...

Nice skirt - I love it when things just work!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I live in an IKEA disadvantaged area and I am very jealous of your IKEA fabric indeed... and you made it inot a lovely skirt as well? boy oh boy!


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