Sew, What?

06 April 2012

I must say: I love all things domestic. Well, the idea of them anyway.

Blouse: Forever 21 (2008)  Skirt: Vintage
Wedges: Payless (2012)  Earrings: Forever 21 (2012)

The idea of being the ideal 50's woman who can sew, cook, bake, clean, garden, have children, etc. sounds fantastic. Fantastic is not a word I would use to describe my skills in the activities above. I can bake, I actually like cleaning, and I like children.


  One thing I am completely helpless at: sewing. I can put a button back on, and stitch a tiny hole, but that's about it. So when I found this skirt, I knew I was in for a doozy. I found this little beauty a couple of weeks ago in a thrift store and instantly fell in love with the color and style of skirt.

 

 I skipped to the dressing room to try this on, praying it would fit. As I stepped into the skirt, I heard a rip noise. No worries, I didn't damage the skirt... I just tore out the hem with my foot. How, you ask? Well, the original owner 'hemmed' it using hem tape. And let me tell you: it sure didn't hold up.

 

I went to the checkout counter, undaunted by my new challenge, and prepared myself for a lot of work. Initially, I thought I could try my hand at sewing. After I regained my sanity, I decided taking it to a tailor was a good idea. Until I got the price. $30 to hem a skirt?? So I hustled over to the nearest Walgreens, picked up $3 worth of hem tape, and started experimenting.


My first attempt resulted in me accidentally bonding parts of the front of the skirt together, causing the pleat from hell. Did I mention this skirt is silk? Not the ideal fabric for hem tape. My second attempt resulted in the front hem being much higher than the back. It was like a really bad homespun hi/low skirt.


The third attempt? See results above. What do you think? Too short, too long?


An hour and a half, no burns and many curses later, I have myself a skirt. I actually like the idea of the hem tape, as I can figure out what the best length is for me, and tailor it accordingly.


Have you ever bought something that required more work than you originally thought?

28 comments:

  1. Yay, it looks like the hem tape worked perfectly! I may have to try this :) Love the pattern on your skirt and it's so pretty with the lace! Have a great weekend, Britt!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. It really is such a great fast fix! I'd recommend it to anyone who has something that won't get run through the washer a bunch.

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  2. It sounds like you put quite a bit of work into this, but I must say the end result is fabulous! This looks great, and I love the lace top with it. xoxo, morgan

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    1. Thank you! It was more work than I thought but for $14 plus $3 for hem tape, I'll take it!

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  3. You did a great job, the end result is beautiful. I love the little bow detail on the back :) Such a beautiful vintage-inspired outfit!

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't believe my luck when I found not only the beautiful color and print, but the bow detail too!

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  4. Awesome job! I think the skirt is gorgeous and I wouldn't have been able to tell that you had done the hem yourself. Such a pretty colour too :)

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    1. Thank you! Now I'm trying to figure out what else I can wear it with!

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  5. Looks pretty perfect! What a pretty skirt.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  6. love your hair here! I'm planning on learning how to make clothes too ;-)

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    1. I wish I could make my own clothing! It would make my life a lot easier if I knew how to sew and make things fit well.

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  7. This is the first time I hear about hem tape, but I don't sew a lot myself either so.. :)

    Looks really lovely, the colour and back of it. And the lenght seems perfect :>
    Also adore that white blouse, really cute piece.

    Happy Easter wishes,

    x Satu

    Indie by Heart

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    1. Thank you! I knew of hem tape, but hadn't used it before this. I definitely will after this experiment!

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  8. I have to say I think it was totally worth it to hem it. It look beautiful. The colour is incredible. Nice job.

    Wren
    http://houseofwren.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love the colour of this skirt! and the length looks just right :) worth all the effort :)

    Love, Rachel

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    1. Oh good! I was worried about the length with the volume, so this makes me feel better!

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  10. This is definitely my favorite of your outfits yet!! Soooo pretty, and a fun story to go along with it... and I just realized I owe you a text, so I'm gonna go do that now! :P

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    1. Aw thanks friend. I wish I had more ladylike pieces like these so every day is a fancy day!

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  11. Love that top! So pretty...plus, Dave and I just started watching Mad Men on Netflix so this outfit has me swooning big time! I love all of their dresses/skirts on that show.

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    1. Oh lordy. I love Mad Men! I don't really pay much attention to the plot, but I know every detail of what they're wearing! It makes me wish women still always dressed themselves so well.

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  12. I love the blouse, it looks really cute! Your hair looks amazing too, I like the wavy curls :)

    Best Wishes ♥
    Leonie Löwenherz
    - I'd be happy if you stop by on my blog

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    1. Thank you! That's just my messy bun I do when I get hot, so I'm glad it looks *somewhat* put together!

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  13. thanks for stopping by my blog : ) I just started following you!

    xo SideSmile,
    Ashley

    sidesmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  14. love your outfit and especially that shirt!! just gorgeous..love your blog!
    new follower here :)

    www.fromsarahscamera.blogspot.com

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