Sewing Creation: A Patriotic DIY

This weekend I decided to get a little sewing done  since I haven’t in quite a while. I was home last week and had the pleasure of trying out my mom’s new rotary cutter for fabric. Let me just say, this thing is AMAZING. Cutting out the fabric pieces of a pattern is always the most tedious portion of sewing. I can never quite cut straight and it seems to take forever. Not with this bad boy. Check out these results:

SO EASY. I’m in love. I bought a cutter but now I’m just waiting for the mats to go on sale (that’s the expensive part).

So I wanted a quick and easy project to ease back into the sewing world. Here’s what I picked out:

Butterick See & Sew 5593

I know there are quite a few folks out there that never use patterns. But I’m still learning and I fully believe that taking your time and using patterns can be a useful learning tool. I picked up some cheaper cotton stretch fabric at JoAnn’s with a lovely patriotic feeling. If all went according to plan I was going to wear this dress out on the 4th. I went with the pattern on the right (view B on the envelope for anyone following along at home).

I was pretty deep in the process (when I wasn’t stopping to watch the Olympic Track & Field Trials) so I didn’t get a ton of pictures but I did manage to snap this one:

One good looking button hole!

I could never quite get the button hole stich on my machine to work and would have to sew them by hand. This time though, I declared victory! This was my first experience with stretchy cotton. All in all it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Stretchier fabrics are always a little harder to work with but I was able to get this whole thing put together in one weekend. I think my mom’s rotary cutter was a big help in that regard. So here is the finished product:

The finished product tied in the back

I made it a little too big so you don’t get to see a picture with it on, but suffice to say that it is good for lounging around the house. I have to say that even though I won’t be running this all around town this weekend, I’m still pretty proud of myself. I sewed for the first time two years ago and haven’t had the chance to get a ton of practice so I think I’m heading in the right direction!

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