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Made my first piece of clothing! …aaand it’s unwearable Project: FO

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u/KittenOfBalnain Jun 23 '22

I wear my screwups.

Quite literally - they make for a cool (if sometimes too fancy, whatever) home clothing. Thanks to that, I don't feel like I've wasted fabric but I also get to learn on them by seeing how they work.

For example, a skirt I did on a whim with fabric 3 times my hip circumference - the pattern said to double the circumference, I wanted it to have more volume, what could possibly go wrong - has taught me a lot about fabric weight. How it moves, how it sits on my body, how important it is to get a stronger and wider elastic.

Also: if you don't tell people there's a flaw, most won't notice. Seriously! And the skirt is really cute, good job!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Haha, that’s funny! Yeah I’m prob gonna wear it at home. Thanks!!

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u/ooeygooeylane Jun 24 '22

Place a cute patch over that!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Do u know where I could get them?

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u/ooeygooeylane Jun 24 '22

Amazon? A hobby or craft store. They have cute patches like a rainbow 🌈 or 🍒

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u/qqweertyy Jun 24 '22

Also Etsy!

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u/PlasticBlitzen Jun 24 '22

You could make your own using the same fabric and applique it on.

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u/im-quite-stupid Jun 24 '22

My go to is tying a cardigan/hoodie around the waist :D surprisingly works well with a lot of things!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Good idea, I can do that

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u/Murky_Dimension_8295 Jun 24 '22

There is always dance dress costume parties too! It’s really quite a sweet skirt.

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u/Girafferra Jun 24 '22

I look back at some of the stuff I made when I was first learning and whoo boy…there’s some WHOPPERS in there!

But…it’s how we get better. And I did wear those pieces. And now I make masks. I feel like that’s a huge leap forward for me. Im still not great but I know enough to do what I want on my machine and I feel good about that.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

I looked at several tutorials for a standard circle skirt and just did that. Then I cut a slit for the zipper. I was… kind of too lazy to watch another 20 minute tutorial on how to sew in a zipper… My two sides of my zipper were connected at the bottom, so I know you’re not supposed to do this, but I just did the classic “right sides together” sewing as far down as I could. There was a gap at the bottom, so I tried to cover it up with a fancy stitch, but that failed (see the last pic). Another issue was that the fabric I bought was kind of see through. As a complete beginner, I wasn’t really sure what to look for when buying. So, I’m definitely not going to be actually wearing this. However, I think it was great because I still got more experience sewing.

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u/verryberryjam Jun 23 '22

I also picked a see through fabric for my first project 😂😂 sewed it anyway just for practice, but I sometimes wear it around the house for fun. Gives me a laugh seeing how far I've come.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Yeah that’s probably what I’m gonna do now. I’m can’t wait to improve :)

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u/verryberryjam Jun 23 '22

It's really satisfying looking back! I did a great dressmaking course on domestika, goes through lots of jargon that comes up in pattern making, I found it so helpful in starting out.

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u/Craftyprincess13 Jun 24 '22

Hmm gonna have to check that out patterns intimidate me majorly

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u/HighPriestess31 Jun 24 '22

Haha, I did the same. It was a tie-up wrap skirt and I'm now pretending I fully intended to make it a bathing suit coverup all along.

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u/vilebunny Jun 24 '22

Add two layers of tulle (cut it the same way as the circle skirt, doesn’t need hemmed). Stitch it over the zipper issue and just cut out where you need to raise the zipper up and down. You could even make the tulle midi length to make a really nice looking final project.

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u/sockpuppet_285358521 Jun 24 '22

Yes. More fabric over the skirt fixes the zipper issue AND the transparency issue.

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u/vilebunny Jun 24 '22

Yes. And having a non-fraying fabric helps make it quick fix without adding a lot of bulk or being too fiddly itself.

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u/Lovethemdoggos Jun 24 '22

You did a fine job! Sure, the bottom of the zipper came out a little odd but no one will notice. It fits, and although it's sheer that's nothing that a slip or thigh savers (like bicycle shorts but lighter, and great for those of us with full inner thighs that rub together) can't fix.

Figuring out the right fabric for a project takes time. My mom used to drape the fabric over her hand; if she could see her wedding ring through the fabric, it was too sheer.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Those are good ideas! Not gonna lie, before I started, I already knew it was gonna be a little sheer, but I was like screw it, let’s see what happens. Maybe I should’ve just not been lazy and gone to the store again instead 🫢

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u/[deleted] Jun 24 '22

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 25 '22

haha relatable

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u/Lovethemdoggos Jun 24 '22

Not lazy at all! I make a test garment, also known as a toile or muslin, for every pattern I make (the first make is always a test whether I intended it to be or not 😬) so I'd think of thus project as a wearable test. You now know how it goes together, how it fits, and areas that are trickier. And you can still wear it!

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u/Lyiri Jun 24 '22

purchase some embroidered or seethroughish patterned fabric with dots or flowers. Undo the waist , place a second skirt above, redo the waist... voila, less see through, zipper accident hidden.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Sorry, I’m kind of confused, do u mean to put the other fabric under or on top of the skirt? I’m tired lol

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u/Lyiri Jun 24 '22 edited Jun 24 '22

on top so you have the pattern above the pink fabric

edit: or you can make a second opaque layer with a matching ( or the same) fabric. just a bit shorter. there are tons of layered skirt options out there

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u/Wonderful-Comment314 Jun 23 '22

Honestly zippers are hard even with a lot of experience. It looks great until you get to the end!

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u/Watchild Jun 24 '22

Welcome to the club! I think we all have something like this. My grandmother taught me the basics, and I’m pretty sure after I went home from working with her on my first skirt she basically took it apart and put it back together hahahahaha. I am also and have always been a fan of short cuts and “oh I’ll just figure it out…” I think it’s pretty good for a start. I mean, I didn’t tackle a zipper for a while, and if I had I would probably have done the same thing!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Haha that story’s cute. Also, I have the patience to sew stuff (most people would just be like whatever, I can buy that same skirt) but not to watch tutorials. This is the result… I’m trying to be more patient so I can actually learn since more complicated stuff prob can’t be done by cut and try

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u/Aconya Jun 24 '22

"I have the patience to sew stuff (most people would just be like whatever, I can buy that same skirt) but not to watch tutorials."

I feel this in my soul! I actually prefer hand sewing and embroidery, can sit for hours repeatingthe same stitch,...but watching a video tutorial 🙃😅 I barely make it through!

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u/Cat-Nipped Jun 24 '22

Next time you have a see through fabric, try looking into flatlining! It’s when you have two layers of fabric and use them in your project as a single layer (after sewing them together). Bonus is that your seams are already finished if you serge or overlock the edges instead of a basic running stitch. Flatlining can also change the hand or drape of your fashion fabric, depending on which fabrics you chose, which can be nice if you want to make a structured garment out of something thin and gauzy.

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u/Craftyprincess13 Jun 24 '22

You could always add a petticoat or lining i think? (Also fairly begining have trouble advancing plus gap can be fixed

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u/Pandas_are_cute_56 Jun 24 '22

It looks beautiful! I understand the unwearable part. I did something similar with my first skirt.

You could definitely try to sew a lining for your skirt. Find a color that's similar and sew the exact same pattern. You can also cut the stitches on the waist to sew the top lining to the waist.

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u/adaloveslace01 Jun 24 '22

My first skirt was also too sheer for my liking. I layer it over dresses now. With the length of your skirt, you might be able to wear a bodycon dress under it, or even a longer T-shirt that covers what you need covered

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u/HiromiSugiyama Jun 24 '22

If you want to wear it, a simple white petticoat would cover the seethroughness. You can buy one or make one. My best simple method is two tiers. The top one is the width of the fabric one time, the bottom is the width twice. Gather the top edge of the bottom rectangle to fit the bottom edge of the top rectangle and sew them together. Hem the bottom. Add an elastic waistband either by making the top rectangle longer by 2x the width of the elastic+seam allowance that will be folded and topstitched or making it a completely separate long strip that is sewn to the rectangle.

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u/AristoChrist Jun 24 '22

It’s a cute skirt, just wear it at the beach under a bikini or something

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u/wowmaeriel Jun 24 '22

It would look cute with a ribbon sewn around the zip and if you did it long enough, that could cover the messy stitches. There's probably a way to sew ribbon over in a way that hides the zip? (Like sew most of it on one side, with just enough hanging over to cover the zip?)

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u/azssf Jun 24 '22

Leggings are your friend.

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u/owlshark5 Jun 23 '22

The job of your first garment is to teach you things - sounds like a success to me!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Yeah that’s why I’m not too disappointed :)

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u/BrokenLightningBolt Jun 24 '22

Every failure eventually leads to success

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u/RedOrange7 Jun 24 '22

What's that expression? "We may fail, but we fail upwards."

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u/GeneticImprobability Jun 24 '22

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

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u/GeneticImprobability Jun 24 '22

Thanks for this uplifting new perspective on my attempt at a travel bag ✌️

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u/stylefaux Jun 23 '22

All you need is a lining skirt!

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u/Wonderful-Comment314 Jun 23 '22

Or just some bike shorts under.

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u/m4gpi Jun 23 '22

I want bloomers to make a comeback. Poofy boy-shorts.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Yes!!

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u/m4gpi Jun 23 '22

Perfect next project!

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u/Calligraphie Jun 24 '22

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

I'm single-handedly trying to bring back tie-on pockets. I will totally be a bloomers hipster with you until it catches on!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Yeah I actually tried it with biker shorts but it looked kind of obvious

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u/minimum-enthusuasm11 Jun 24 '22

I didn't see this before commenting. Find a pair that match the color so it being obvious looks on purpose. Or make a little pair of regular shorts with the same fabric.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Yeah, I was actually thinking of the shorts thing and kind of like making a skort, but shorts seem kind of hard to make

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u/minimum-enthusuasm11 Jun 24 '22

They're not that bad really. Start with an elastic band, pajama short type pattern. You'll be surprised what you can do!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Good idea! Do you mean I should sew one in or just wear it separately?

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u/stylefaux Jun 23 '22

Either way works! You can sew in a skirt liner, or wear a separate skirt like a petticoat!

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u/CDubGma2835 Jun 23 '22

It’s actually very cute! You could definitely wear it and just wear a slip underneath. And, as you stated, it’s good practice. My first several sewn items were very so-so (sew-sew?), but I’ve definitely improved over time :)

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Thanks! Honestly at this point my main problem is the horrendous stitching at the bottom of the zipper

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u/Artdalek Jun 23 '22

If you really dislike the way the bottom of the zipper looks, check out r/VisibleMending for beautiful embroidery/patch ideas to put over the stitches! It’s like cover-up tattoos for your clothes, and it gives you a new project 😄

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u/bluebird_dk Jun 24 '22

If you embroider (or learn how to for this) you could sew something interesting over top of those stitches. Could be a similar colour of floss/thread or something complementary or contrasting --or needlefelt--or a bow/ribbon. Plus a slip or patterned underskirt to mask/show off the see-throughedness! Great work on your first project!

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u/Bakecrazy Jun 23 '22

My first sewing project was a top. I forgot to leave enough room for my breasts. I got into it by sheer stubbornness and then had to cut myself out. Yours is far more wearable than that.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 23 '22

Haha 😂 thanks

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u/Celefindel-4704-16 Jun 23 '22

Zippers! Am I right? HOWever. Topstitch up and down the sides, teensy weensy stitches. Then, tuck the bottom of the zipper under the shirt and sew it in place. Then pull all of those wonky stitches out. Press the result . And check the tension of your machine. The stitches are not balanced. Search YouTube for tutorials.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Cool, I’ll try to do that! Is topstitching just normal straight stitches?

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u/Celefindel-4704-16 Jun 24 '22

Yes. If you have a zipper foot, you can do it with the machine. Align the edge of the foot with the edge of the fabric fold next to the zipper teeth. Reverse stitch - it's called a back tack - at each end.

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u/[deleted] Jun 23 '22

still looks great tho! ⭐️

proud of you!! 😁💛

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u/KjellBjarne Jun 23 '22

I feel your pain! But I echo that house clothes are the best clothes :) and you may be able to tack on a lace/tulle layer on top. It'd help with the transparency and the zipper situation. I'd cut similar shape and size to skirt pieces, stitch in the ditch w right sides together but tulle flipped up (omg does that even make sense), press back down and not worry about hemming. Side bonus is you might learn to hate lace more than zippers!

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u/pocketlily Jun 24 '22

I made just as many screw ups as successes the first few years I (attempted to) sew my own clothes. Mistakes like it would turn out that the fabric wasn’t right for the project, too heavy a fabric for a skirt, fabric too scratchy when worn, knit shirts that had awful neckbands or sleeves that were too snug to be comfortable. But I took notes and tried again taking my mistake and learning to not make it again. Make another version that was just a little bit better. Not everyone has an amazing “first time sewing” perfect fit projects. I sure didn’t.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Now I feel inspired lol. I’ll keeping working

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u/MagniPunk Jun 24 '22

Zippers are hard. You did really well in spite of it! An old trick I learned from my grandma was to do a pleat at the bottom of the zipper so it looks intentional, and that’ll usually fix the extra fabric gap. Don’t lose heart about zippers though- most of us aren’t great at them and it ends up in plenty of snags and swear words 😅 I would say go ahead and wear your skirt, it’s very cute!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Haha thanks!

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u/sweet-frill Jun 23 '22

A short petticoat might help with the transparency issue. I know Leg Avenue makes some but maybe someone else will have a better suggestion. Or you could always make your own :)

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u/ForgottenSalad Jun 23 '22

Consider this one a prototype for the real one. I never expect the first of anything to work out well. Honestly for your first garment ever it could have been way worse!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m doing!! I’m planning on making another soon. Thanks!

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u/SBG214 Jun 24 '22

What a pretty color!! And look how much you learned! Go, YOU!!! What’s next?

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Thanks!! I think I’m gonna make another circle skirt

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u/omgmypony Jun 24 '22

I’d slap a cute patch on that spot and call it good

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u/alexlechef Jun 24 '22

That kind of zipper is hard to master

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Yeah I still have no idea how you were actually supposed to sew it on. When I have time I’ll find that out… eventually..

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u/Hypefangirl Jun 24 '22

I’m actually very happy to see this, it makes you do the next one with the enthusiasm that it will get better. A few months ago I made a vest (first thing ever) and it looks like your skirt. I showed it to my mom and she agreed to take me to sewing lessons!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

True, if you start out badly you can say you got better the next time 😂

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u/bberin Jun 24 '22

Everyone starts somewhere! Plus the drape of the skirt looks great on you, so keep at it!!

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u/pipsqueak158 Jun 24 '22

Unwearable I disagree! If you don't want to give it another layer it will make a cute beach skirt over your bathers!

And never underestimate a cute bow for hiding stitching issues.

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u/moist-astronaut Jun 24 '22

i would suggest learning some simple hand embroidery. i'm not very skilled at sewing or even embroidery but i'm very into visible mending. you can cover up all sorts of imperfections in just a couple minutes. i suggest learning a backstitch and lazy daisy!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Thanks, I’ll try

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u/[deleted] Jun 24 '22

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

That's true, thanks!

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u/amandaggogo Jun 24 '22

I've been sewing since I was 11 (I'm 30 now) and honestly most of my stuff is still "don't look up close at it" when I make things for myself. Don't fret too much!

You can always save this by wearing a slip under it! And the back near that zipper really won't be noticeable unless you point it out! I think it looks great! Zippers are tough and waistbands can be tricky. I can't tell you many yards if fabric I screwed up miscalculating my cuts for a circle skirt! You will get better! Also, when in doubt, you can scrap it and turn it into something else! I think it looks great though!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

haha, thanks!

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u/desert_dame Jun 24 '22

Grandma here. You haven’t done the secret weapon for sewing. You haven’t steam pressed your skirt especially the waistband. It looks like a heavier cotton? Every seam must be pressed. Use a cloth to prevent indentations scorch marks and water blobs. Take your time as you are setting the cloth. Once you’re done, the hem will be crisp the waistband won’t be wrinkled. And of course the entire skirt will just look lovely.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 25 '22

Hey! I actually did press the waistband, but maybe when I sewed it it wasn't aligned, so it became wrinkled?

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u/jhughes57 Jun 24 '22

If at first you don’t succeed…try, try, again! No one was perfect out the gate! Practice makes perfect. You’ll get there.

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u/BitPuzzleheaded5311 Jun 24 '22

Keep trying.. practice is all it takes! You’ll get better and better

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u/The_Turtle-Moves Jun 24 '22

Practice, practice, practice!

Remember, those who made the pattern and instructions, most likely know what they're doing (aka don't take shortcuts) and pins are not for wussies

(I wish someone told me this when I started my journey....)

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u/TickTickBangBoom Jun 24 '22

Hey! Welcome to the screw-ups club! (a.k.a. “Humanity”)

Keep going!

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u/dtshockney Jun 24 '22

I recently made a skirt as well. Wayyy to short that even like bike shorts could not fix it enough to wear in public. Had to learn somehow lol

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Lol how long was it??

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u/dtshockney Jun 24 '22

I had made the skirt piece like 17 ish inches long. Just wasn't long enough in the back

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u/ClockWeasel Jun 24 '22

If you have some fabric left over, you might be able to add a zipper placket (like the front of jeans) to hide both the zipper and the stuff going on at the bottom. Or you could go to town with the flower stitches and call it homemade lace?

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Ohh I might try the placket thing

The funny thing is, I tested out the flower stitches on a scrap piece of fabric and they worked perfectly well. Maybe it just didn’t work with this particular fabric

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u/DragonfruitFuture189 Jun 24 '22

haha, this is still super cute! First pieces of clothing don’t usually go well, but this skirt yuh made is adorable <3 I also agree with the other comments saying you could still wear it at home.

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u/samishere996 Jun 24 '22

My first dress looked awful, all first attempts do, but i still shockingly got compliments on it each time i’ve worn it. It looked way worse than this. You’re doing great 🌟

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Haha, thanks

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u/katira329 Jun 24 '22

Just wear a short slip under it.

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u/Upset-Cheek-3159 Jun 24 '22

Just made an unwearable corset today. You are not alone!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

Ooof, that must’ve taken a really long time, right?

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u/Little_GingerHen21 Jun 24 '22

You can always add a bow that snaps over the area

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

I’m not sure what you mean by a bow that snaps

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u/Little_GingerHen21 Jun 24 '22

So you could get those plastic snaps and then fasten one at each of the four points of the bow 🎀 and then attach the other half of the snap lock on the skirt the bow would just snap on and off because bows are not generally machine washable

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u/peches_and_chowchow Jun 24 '22

i think this is so cute and also comforting because pretty much every clothing item i’ve made so far has been unwearable. bahahaha at least we aren’t alone!

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u/str4ngerc4t Jun 24 '22

It’s cute! You can easily cover it up with a bow or just wear it as is or even try to redo the zipper. If you don’t want to wear it like it is then it could just be worthy the additional practice with zippers!

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u/aksnowraven Jun 24 '22

Keep making more & layer them - voila! New style!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

layer more above this?

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u/aksnowraven Jun 25 '22

Above, below, in between! Play with lengths, fabrics… whatever makes you happy.

My current style is to open the closet, look at the clothes. If it makes me smile, I’ll probably wear it today. The results are sometimes… interesting. I almost never have regrets.

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u/Frodofraggle Jun 24 '22

I think it turned out great👏😃🥰... Out a cute patch or stich some e.g. flowers on it... A daisy, there are easy

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

thanks! I think I will try embroidering some small stuff

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u/Frodofraggle Jun 29 '22

Perfect 😃😃😃🥰🥰🥰🥰

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u/SupaG16 Jun 24 '22

Not bad for your first project! Keep seeing and you will hone your skills!

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u/bruhitsahnaf Jun 24 '22

It's a really nice skirt I reckon if you wear short shorts underneath it'll be fine. But like someone else said you can wear it at home. I didn't even see a problem till you pointed it out so I reckon you did a good job.

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u/Fullmoongirl99 Jun 24 '22

Hey you took the first step and that’s awesome!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

yeah! thanks

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u/halbmoki Jun 24 '22

Same thing for me. The first one's for practice.

I started with a very simple half circle skirt, miscalculated something (circles and pi are confusing sometimes) and it came out too small at the waist and two-thirds-length instead of floor length. I managed to fix it into a wearable state with some scraps and elastic, but it's a bit uneven and the bottom hem is all screwed up. But it's hella comfy and I wear it at home instead of sweatpants. And most importantly, I learned so much and the second one had 90% less mistakes. I won't say "no mistakes" because apparently that does not happen when sewing.

Also yours doesn't look bad at all for a first try. Wouldn't have noticed the zipper thing if you didn't point it out and the rest is really nice work.

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u/Ok-Boysenberry1501 Jun 24 '22

If you don't mind undoing a but of it, you can always add a second layer underneath to thicken it

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u/Calo83 Jun 24 '22

Forgive me, it's early and I have t had coffee yet so that maybe plays a part, but what's wrong with it?

I swear it looks really cute.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

It's a little see through and I tried to make a nice design at the bottom of the zipper but screwed it up (see the last picture). Thanks though!

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u/Calo83 Jun 24 '22

Oh I see (i hadnt scrolled) maybe just add a few applicas to the skirt and strategically put one right there.

But if you wore it as is I doubt anyone would notice.

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u/Angs Jun 24 '22

Just cut a small rectangle from your fabric, fold all sides in and top stitch over the end of the zipper. Or a taller rectangle and do a fly shield, like trousers have, hiding the whole zipper, with a button on top.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

what exactly is top stitching? Is it like a straight stitch just on top?

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u/Angs Jun 24 '22

Exactly, a row of stitches that is visible in the top layer of the fabric, the kind that pockets of jeans usually have. As opposed to seams that usually leave the stitches hidden in the fold.

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u/GollyismyLolly Jun 24 '22

Why not put another peice of fabric under it as like a slip?.?

Aside from that I'd wear it as pj's,or around the house, no use in wasting a perfectly good skirt you worked so hard on :)

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u/banana_taco_pan Jun 24 '22

You can wear a slip or petticoat as well if you are concerned about see through dress material. 😉

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u/minimum-enthusuasm11 Jun 24 '22

Put some cute bike shorts on underneath and wear it anyways! No one but you will notice the zipper.

I learned to embrace my messy stitching by closely examining store bought clothes. They have imperfections too!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

That's a good mindset, thanks

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u/hailstoneldn Jun 24 '22

babe, sew in a lining!! i still wear my fuck ups

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u/ophelia8991 Jun 24 '22

Everybody’s first item is problematic. Keep going!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

yeah that's true :)

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u/lebabymama Jun 24 '22

It’s beautiful! 100% wearable! & I heard about a mom patching her kids quilts with flower embroidery when they got holes & now when I mess up a garment I just think of it as an opportunity to add a little ~pizzazz~ this could be your opportunity :-)

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

That's cool, I think I'm going to try that!

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u/owlanalogies Jun 24 '22

I love that you shared this - so relatable. My first few projects were barely wearable and that's ok! I feel like I see so many "omg I just learned to sew and made this flawless ball gown" posts here, which is great but can be a bit demoralizing for those of us occupying a more mortal realm 😂

I learned SO MUCH from early failures. I am an impatient sewist, and had to learn to stop cutting corners/skipping steps at least until I knew which ones I could safely omit. Also learning about drape and fabric selection was huge. I still have a long way to go when it comes to alterations and fitting, but it's progress. 🤷‍♀️ A couple years in (I only make 2-3 things a year) and my stuff comes out wearable now. Can't wait to see what you make next!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 24 '22

haha yeah - most of us aren't prodigies. I'm excited to make more though

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u/sewing-enby Jun 24 '22

1) don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone has a totally rubbish first project. Everyone. 2) think of this as a styling challenge. There are loads of see-through skirts out there - think chiffon or organza skirts. You usually wear those over other things - a slip, or another skirt, or a petticoat. Looking at the photos it looks like a petticoat would really suit it - make it poofy! Also having something underneath means that hole at the bottom of the zip isn't a problem. 3) wear it with pride. You crafted this with your hands. You chose the fabric, cut it out, and turned this strange flat shape into something 3D that - wait for it - actually fits your body! (You'd be surprised how many people's first projects are actually unbearable in the physical sense...including mine!). Who cares about the imperfections? You. Made. It. That's awesome!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 25 '22

haha I love the way you explained this. Thanks!

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u/oleander4tea Jun 24 '22 edited Jun 24 '22

Many sewing errors can be fixed. First, use a seam ripper to take the zipper out and then try it again. This is how you learn.

If the skirt fabric is too sheer, my first thought would be to add a lining, but that may be a bit too advanced for a beginner. A quicker fix is to wear a petticoat or slip or something underneath.

Question: do you have a zipper foot attachment? It’s a necessity before you even try to put in a zipper. Also, press your seams at every stage of sewing.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 25 '22

I wasn't sure what a zipper foot attachment was but I searched it up and I don't think I have it

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u/oleander4tea Jun 25 '22 edited Jul 11 '22

It’s darn near impossible to properly install a zipper without one. A zipper foot generally looks like half of the regular sewing foot.

Be sure you get one to fit your machine. It’s a breeze once you have the proper equipment.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jul 08 '22

I just learned how you're supposed to do it a couple days ago, and I see what you mean. Thanks

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u/DIYwithMassamo Jun 24 '22

Haha I feel you on that last picture 😂

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u/BobBelchersBuns Jun 24 '22

That’s a practice one. The next one will be perfect!

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u/plasticthottle Jun 24 '22

Yeah it’s gonna happen a lot while you learn, but practice is practice is practice. That’s why mock ups become your friend haha

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jun 25 '22

Yeah - I just don't know if I have the dedication to make multiple versions of everything 😔 it sounds tedious to me

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u/Gazorpazorpfnfieldbi Jun 24 '22

Very cute! Great job!

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u/CookieCookingCurry Jun 24 '22

I think it's very pretty! Sometimes you don't even notice if others are wearing a see through skirt. I reccomend asking someone else to see it on your irl and tell you how see through it really is. I like to use everything I've made (even though I have to safety pin or cover up some mistakes), but I must admit that I never wear my first garment because it was uncomfortable.

It looks very nice, and even if you won't wear it, it looks like you learnt a lot and is already doing very well.🥰🥰

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u/Nissa6976 Jun 24 '22

That is so cute! You did an amazing job with this!! Be very proud of yourself, you have talent.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jul 07 '22

thank you :)))

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u/ProfessionalNo9524 Jun 24 '22

That zipper looks fixable. It's a really cute skirt.

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jul 07 '22

That's true, thanks!

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u/ExcitingSet2164 Jul 07 '22

Aw, that shirt probably carries special meaning since it was the first you ever made. I'm still scared to do sleeves lol

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u/Al3xandratheGrape Jun 24 '22

It looks good tho! I like it!

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u/CATANICA_YT Jun 24 '22

If anything, you could try and take the messed up thread out and resew it with the machine or by hand! Either way, I think it still looks great the way it is :D

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u/Elderhamham Jun 24 '22

Looking Sharp

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u/Adventurous-Dig748 Jun 24 '22

Looks like the thread slipped from the top tensioner. This happens to me sometimes, and for the longest time I was retreading the bobbin, thinking it wasn’t winding correctly.

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u/WilliamsDesigning Jun 24 '22

Maybe there should be a r/sewingconfessions

(sewing version of r/woodworkingconfessions )

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u/TragicBean Jun 24 '22

you could get a short petticoat to go under it!

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u/flamingolegs727 Jun 24 '22

Add elastic to the waistband and voila your sorted for size there are some great tutorials on YouTube on how to add a elastic waistband or to add shirring elastic. If your zip is messy put a fly over it.

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u/Spoonbills Jun 24 '22

What if you put in a longer zipper?

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u/SirOffWhite Jun 24 '22

Depends on who ur wearing it for

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u/RunItAndSee2021 Jun 24 '22

cheap to fuck up with clothes. good learning experience.

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u/Transparent_Turtle Jun 24 '22

We've all been there. Just keep swimming!

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u/Aurora_Boreallis Jun 24 '22

I have a dress my husband has to help me in and out of because I forgot to sew in a zipper. But I wear it

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u/Offthehookmamma Jun 24 '22

I could fix this for you/ show you how to fix this if you're in toronto ♡ you would have to pull out the zip but it's a simple fix and the waistband can be darted and top stitched. I wouldn't get too hung up on the wearableness of it because you're rocking it. It could use a press or steam but that's about it (u less the zipper always snags then that can be a retry ♡

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u/WitnessJazzlike5731 Jun 24 '22

honestly who's looking that close at a zipper. wear it and enjoy lol

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u/Loweredjdm Jun 24 '22

Keep it OG .. nice work !!

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u/itwasntpremeditated Jun 24 '22

It's cute!! Steam it, stick a patch over the flaws, or bedazzle it and make it work!

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u/genius_emu Jun 24 '22

You could make a different skirt and use this one as a kind of crinoline under it. Maybe even attach it if it works.

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u/5and5torm08 Jun 24 '22

Grab some sheer embroidered fabric with the same color as your skirt and simply make an over skirt placing one of the embroidered areas around the zipper so it's disguised

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u/BensonCaillou Jun 25 '22

It’s actually quite a cute skirt and the folds may hide the zipper at the bottom. Doesn’t look too see through but maybe that is the lighting. Put a pair of shorts underneath. Grab some roller blades or a tennis racquet and you are all set!