I got back into sewing in December last year with just enough time to make one piece of clothing. I chose NewLook 6944, a simple skirt with 4 godets, because it was only fitted at the waist and it seemed like a simple pattern that I could put together relatively quickly.
I did make the mistake of tracing the godets to the trim line for one of the other views rather than the cutting line, but I just ended up shortening the rest of it and, since I'm only 5 foot 2, it came out pretty much perfect.
You probably can't see it very well, but the godets have the reverse side of the fabric on the outside. I thought it might look interesting, but the colours are so similar that you probably wouldn't notice if you weren't staring at my legs.
One thing I quickly realized after I made this skirt was that I really didn't have much to go with it. Everything that was the right colour was trousers and skirts.
That's why my first project of 2018 was NewLook 6705. It's a pretty simple top that I've made before in a different size, but this time I made it in quite a shifty draping fabric. I tried to get around the fabric moving all over the place using spray starch but it didn't work out that well, so a packet of wash in starch is on my Amazon wish for next time.
Can you see the dark patches around the pleats? That's the starch. It didn't seem to do anything when I was trying to do the whole piece of fabric so I really piled it on there. It washed out, but I'm really learning something new with every project.
I never really know what to do in pictures. Doesn't help that I don't have someone to take them so It's just me and a timer. The camera was tied onto the tripod with elastic as well.
Generally, I'm pretty happy with this outfit. I've been loosing weight lately and the skirt is a little bit loose already, but I can see myself making another one in a smaller sign. The top also doesn't do a whole lot for my figure, but under my cinched in brown jacket and at my desk that doesn't make a whole lot of difference.
One thing I will change when I next make that top is the yoke. The straps are two far apart for my shoulders so they gape and hang weird, but I don't want to do any alterations on patterns until I've stopped loosing weight and I know I'm going to be able to use it more than once.