Today we’re showing you what Aria made for Selfish Sewing Week. After her 4H project shirt and skirt she wanted to tackle something more advanced. After looking through our patterns, she made the very ambitious choice of a Syrah skirt and a Granville shirt. I wasn’t too worried about the Syrah skirt pattern, as she’s sewn several skirts and worked with knit fabric. But the Granville included a lot of new techniques she’d never used before; a collar and collar stand, button placket, button holes and buttons! But I did NOT want to discourage her, so took the perfect opportunity to “Teach the ONE 2 sew.” We decided to make her 2 shirts, side by side on two sewing machines. I would sew a step on a shirt with her watching, then she would sew that step on her own shirt. It worked out really well, and she ended up with 2 new Granville shirts. Today she’s here showing the shirt (and Syrah skirt) she sewed and telling you about her experience. Take it away, Aria!
I was inspired by Mom cleaning out her closet to prep for her summer capsule wardrobe a while back so I recently cleaned out my closet and got rid of everything that didn’t fit me or I didn’t like. Soooo, I was a little short on clothes. Also we had several events coming up for which I would need a few more outfits. I had been looking at the Granville shirts Mom made (unblogged, but coming soon!) and also her Syrah skirt.
Mom helped me with the Granville shirts by doing most of one of them alongside of me on the harder steps. Later on, when the other machine broke down we did it all on the same machine, which meant thread changes all.the.time. On the easier steps, like sewing up a straight side seam, or something easy like that I did both shirts.
I love the way these shirts fit and also the elbow length sleeves on the short-sleeved version. Next time I make a Granville shirt, because there will be next time, I think I will make pockets on it.
I love the way this skirt hangs and it even comes in several different looks. There is maxi, below-knee, and high-low. There is even a ruched waistband option! One of these days I’m going to make myself a shorter version of it. Isn’t Lauren such an awesome lady? The fabric was from Joann Fabrics. Making this skirt went pretty smooth but I was having a little trouble because it was my first time sewing with thin knits. When it was all finished, I found that it wouldn’t stay up. I blamed the thin fabric and many layers attached to the waistband. Then Mom suggested putting waistband elastic in. Mom very kindly sewed it in for me, as I didn’t have enough patience to do it, and I was VERY frustrated because I had already done SO much and it had all come to nothing. Well maybe not so much, but that’s what it felt like. Argh!!! Ever had that happen to you?
One last thing, I wish that I had made pockets on the Syrah skirt. It isn’t included in the pattern, but Mom knows a few tricks for putting ‘em on there. ALL SKIRTS SHOULD HAVE POCKETS!!!! So from now on, any skirts that I make are officially going to have pockets!!!