It took about two months to complete, I sewed it by hand and yes, I definitely made some mistakes- but it’s finally, finally finished! My very first wearable garment.

I started following this tutorial by the lovely GiannyL when I started the project. (I will say this up front: I’ve got hips. We’ll leave it at that.) So I tried it on and it was too snug to go up around my hips. In a stupid move, I’d sewn the material right into the elastic band and cut the elastic band in several places to make it a more manageable length.

Anyway. We make mistakes to learn from them. Moral of the story: do not cut your elastic band. It’s stupid.

So I added in six small buttons along the side. Not bad, not bad at all! But if I’m going to sewing anything else with buttons, I’m not using tiny plastic ones again. (Another lesson learned.)

I’m going to stick with sewing for a bit, methinks. This week I acquired a Fabricville membership and 3.5 meters of unbleached cotton to use for my next project. I’m also getting a better sewing kit for my upcoming birthday. As of right now, I don’t have any plans to start using a sewing machine.

Does anyone have any tips for a beginner seamstress? I’d love to hear them, or check out any sewing tutorials you can suggest.

(I want to give a big thank-you to Ms. Alex Price for helping me pick out fabric for my first projects. You’re awesome.)

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.

4 Comments

Beth MacMichael January 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Here’s mine, for what it’s worth. Only buy material for one project at a time. Fabric is a horrible addition and if you do not heed my advice, you may end up with an entire closet full of material that has not been sewn into anything and sits there reproachfully every time you look in the closet.

    Jilly January 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

    haha I’ve heard that. I will definitely keep that in mind, and stick to that rule. Thank you!

kathleen traverse January 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

gorgeous, what a fabulous job!

    Jilly January 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Thanks darling!

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