Have you ever looked at a fabric and known almost instantly what you wanted to do with it?
That's how it was with this beautiful Anna Griffin fabric.
I was browsing one my fabulous sponsors' sites, The Ribbon Retreat, when I came upon Anna Griffin's Hope Chest collection. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I wish I could scoop up every print in that collection and bring it home.
My favorite was the Blue Hope Chest Floral print. I knew I must make a pencil skirt...like this one I made last year. I scoured my craft room...well actually craft area :), and I could not find the pattern I used. It was only a partial pattern from the D.I. so I must have purged it without thinking about it. I didn't fret though because I still had (and have) the skirt I made from it (and still love wearing it). So I drafted a new pattern from it, making little tweaks to it to improve it.
Well one of the tweaks was that I made it a bit smaller in the waist and hips. The previous one was a bit baggy on my pre-pregnancy body. So I fixed that...without really thinking about how my body doesn't look like that right now.
Duh. Now it's too tight. It rides too high because the hips don't fit right.
How could I know that the name of the fabric would be so appropriate for this skirt at this time. As a hope chest is to a young girl collecting things for her future wedding and babies, this skirt is me hoping I'll be this size again in the future! haha.
I finally forked out the $11 and got an invisible zipper foot. I can't find the exact link for mine but click here for a metal version if you're interested. This foot was SO so worth it. It actually made sewing in the zipper fun...because it was easy.
The teeth of invisible zippers curve over a bit. The grooves in the concealed zipper foot pull the teeth open and over so the needle can get right to where it needs to go...automatically.
I tried making the zipper go right to the top of the skirt so I could avoid having to put in a hook and eye. Tsk. Tsk. Probably won't do that again. But I learn something new with each project.
For now...I'll set my beautiful skirt aside and hope I'll fit in it soon! :)
Does anyone do this too? Sabotage themselves after they have a baby...I think I'll go back to making Easy Mommy Skirts for a while. :) I actually already have a cute one in mind. Stay tuned (which means it will be a few weeks...hopefully).