Hi friends! I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here, but back in the Spring, I became a contributor to Maria Denmark‘s sewing magazine, Sewing Life. (affiliate link) I have really enjoyed working on the magazine with a wonderful team that Maria put together. One of the highlights has been getting to sew samples of the patterns that are included in the magazines.
Sewing Life is a bi-monthly digital sewing magazine that is full of great articles. There are usually articles about fitting, styling your garment, design changes that you can make to the patterns. Since the second issue of the magazine was released yesterday I thought it would be fun to show you what I sewed for it. There are two patterns included in this issue, both for skirts.
One pattern is an a-line skirt with a wide waistband, front pleats, and a front button placket. The other pattern is a pencil skirt with the same details. I chose to make the pencil skirt since this is a hole in my handmade wardrobe. I used some cotton twill that had been in my stash for a while– I’m guessing it’s probably somewhere around 8-9 oz per sq yard.
The patterns don’t come with pockets but I wrote a design change article showing how to draft and sew these slash pockets. It’s been really fun for me to write these design articles and take the accompanying photographs of the sewing process. I am a pocket lover so adding pockets to this skirt was a necessity for me!
I didn’t have to make a lot of changes to the pattern to get it to work for me, which was a nice change! I graded out from waist to hips and curved the back waistband a bit more than it was drafted. I also stitched the front pleats down a bit. My lower stomach area was causing them to open up and because my fabric is on the stiff side they were sort of sticking out weirdly. I’m glad that stitching them down a bit was a simple solution to that problem since changing my lower stomach is a much more involved process!
My skirt turned out to be really fabulous and I think it’s one I’ll be wearing for years to come. I really like the look of the button front. I added belt loops, which are optional, so I could wear it with the cute leopard belt that I got at Target.
I also wanted to show off the other patterns I’ve made for Sewing Life since I joined the team. The first one I made was this amazing linen jumpsuit. I used the midweight linen from Blackbird fabrics and it was so perfect for this pattern.
Next, I made this very fun red trench coat. The pattern is designed to have different pockets but I wrote a design change on how to draft and construct pleated patch pockets. I love my bright red trench so much!
Sewing Life costs $10 an issue, which I think is an incredible bargain for the pattern and the information included in each issue. If you’re interested, I’d love for you to use my affiliate link to purchase a subscription. (I get a small percentage commission at no cost to you, which would pretty much go straight to future fabric purchases so I still have things to talk about on this blog!) It can be canceled any time if you don’t love it, but I think it’s great!
Thanks for reading!