A couple of weeks ago I was in Forever21 with one of my high school besties. We were browsing and came across a cute navy and white houndstooth print pencil skirt. We both loved it and grabbed one in each of our sizes to try on. She is 5’4″ Asian and tiny, and I am of course 6’4″, and not so Asian or tiny…lol. The skirt fit her perfectly, but on me it was more a teeny-weeny too tight mini. I was bummed because I really loved it and thought the price was amazing. It was only $17.80 and the quality wasn’t bad at all. It was well made and looked like it cost much more. I was happy for my friend though, she scored majorly. I put mine back and happily purchased accessories..lol A couple days ago I was bored and decided to go to Wal-Mart and see if they had any new fabrics in. I was looking and my eyes lit up, I spotted the same navy and white houndstooth print. Best of all it was only $5.67 a yard. I only needed 1 yard of fabric for the pencil skirt. I was a happy camper again. Last night I decided to start working on it and I actually finished it at 1 in the morning and decided to share the finished project with you all today.
Here is the Forever21 skirt that I wanted. I loved the print and pockets. Also it has navy piping along the seams that you can’t really see in this pic. It is a really cute skirt, at the right length work appropriate and for only $17.80 a fab price.
The skirt immediately came to mind as soon as I spotted the fabric in Wal-Mart. The fabric is cotton with a slight diagonal stretch. For only $5.67 a yard you know it garnered a happy dance from me, well okay I didn’t dance in the store but I did have happy thoughts. :)
My completed skirt! It took me about 4 hours to finish from start to finish because I cut out all of the pieces in the pattern package which included pants, a peplum top and this pencil skirt. So there were a lot of pieces although I only need three of the pieces for this skirt. The pattern that I used was New Look A6130 and I purchased it from Wal-Mart a couple of months ago. So happy that I did.
This was my first time ever sewing anything with a zipper. It took me three tries to get it lined up how I wanted it, but well worth it and I know with more practice I should hopefully have it perfected soon. But I was really pleased with my final result here although not perfect. :)
This is what it looks like with the zipper closed. The tab for the zipper does fit in where you can’t see it but I stuck it out so that I could show you all. Under my thumb I added a hook and eye closure. Again not perfect but I would say not too shabby for a first timer. I was proud of myself. :)
This is the back slit, I’m holding it open so you all can see. This was my first time also making anything that required a slit.
Here is the back slit closed.
So I am a pleased with my finished product. I truly enjoy sewing and I notice that which each project I complete, I get a little better or learn how to do something new. Again I have never taken a sewing class. I simply follow the directions on how to use my machine and I follow the directions on the patterns that I purchase. As I am still a beginner I like to stick with easy projects, but I am not afraid to try something that may be a little more difficult, like installing a zipper. I’m also not afraid to mess up because the fabrics that I am using right now are inexpensive buys. I definitely would not recommend buying expensive fabrics while you are just beginning, mistakes could turn out to be very costly. So overall this was a great project. It was inexpensive and only took a few hours time to complete and I am very pleased with the final result. Now I just need to figure out what to pair with it. ;)
Thank you for reading!