This past summer, during my clothes-sewing binge, I realized I was only making special pieces - this dress, this top, a patterned maxi skirt that I'll post about here soon... It was all very fun, but none of these pieces are the kind of clothes you can reach for day after day, so I wasn't getting a ton of use out of them. At the same time, I had been looking to buy a new skirt to throw on with a t-shirt and flip flops in the summer heat, and to pack in my Italy bag as a versatile basic. The answer was clear - I needed just to make one myself.
I chose the Layered Hem Skirt out of Improv Sewing (which I reviewed here) because I loved the casual detailing of the double raw hem. I made it out of a go-with-everything taupe stretch jersey, and it sewed up really easily. When I put it on the first time, though, it was a little too clingy on the bum - more going out clubbing-tight than heading to the grocery store-tight. So I sewed another, simplified version of the skirt (no waistband or layered hem) that was a tiny bit narrower than the original skirt, and attached it on the inside of the original at the waist. Voilà: an easy lining... and no more visible panty line!
What have you been sewing lately? Or making in general? Any realizations that you could DIY something you were planning to buy? Leave a comment - I'd love to hear about it!