Sewn: A Simple Skirt

This skirt is the first item of clothing I've ever sewn! I actually made it a few months ago, but the weather was too cold for me to wear it at the time. Now that spring has finally arrived, I've been able to get this little gem out out of my closet and into the sunshine.

For this skirt, I used the One Hour Skirt project from the book Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara. And, if you don't own the book, I was able to find a video tutorial over at Kollabora. Score!

This project took me a bit longer than an hour as the book suggests (newbie sewer alert!), but it was still a great project for a beginner. The directions were simple and easy, but also thorough. The seams are beautifully finished with french seams, which is a new technique for me. The french seams give a beautiful, clean look to finished piece. No fraying fabric edges here!

There was no pattern to cut out or trace. You just cut the fabric directly based on your measurements. Easy as pie. The hardest part for me was inserting the elastic into the waistband. After some crazy contortions, a few choice words and even getting a yard stick involved for a bit, I'm happy to say the elastic is in place with no serious injuries to either me or the skirt. ;) I'm gonna have to work on that technique in the future for sure.

Project Details:
Pattern - One Hour Skirt from Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara (Video tutorial available at Kollabora)
Fabric - Medium weight cotton (I don't remember the designer)
Time - Several hours for me, but an experienced seamstress should be able to whip it up in an hour.
Skills - Cutting fabric according to your measurements, french seams, inserting elastic waistband
Difficulty - Easy, even for a beginner

This is such a great basic skirt.  You can play with proportions by using more or less fabric for a fuller or more streamlined look. You can also easily lengthen or shorten it. I've already made another one of these skirts in a nautical print that I can't wait to share on the blog soon too!

So, have you had any adventures in trying out a new craft or skill lately?