This Saturday, Sept 18th, will be the second official make-a-long, wooo yay! The first make-a-long, in case you missed it, was April 10th, and I first wrote about the idea here, then posted about the various ways you can participate here. Scroll to the bottom of this post (under the skirt photos) for a recap of how you can make-a-long this weekend and join the fun!
So, I realized when I talked about everything I made last time, I said I’d be giving this skirt its own post, and then with the move, a lot of planned posts never got written… so now’s better than never! I absolutely love this skirt I made out of the sleeves of 2 shirts:
The concept is simple – detach the sleeves from 2 long-sleeved, button-down shirts, and sew them together, rotating shirt #1 sleeve, shirt #2 sleeve. Because left and right sleeves are different (buttons/buttonholes on opposite sides), two of the joins will have a button and buttonhole together (perfect – no need to add a zipper or anything), but one join will have buttons on both sides, and the last will have buttonholes on both sides. In the top photo, you can see how I handled the join with the holes on both sides, with a ribbon closure. If you make a skirt like this, you’ll have to figure out how best to join all the parts together depending on your particular sleeves.
I added one button of my own to make for a smooth join (sometimes things don’t automatically line up perfectly), and as you can see, I added a few bits of ribbon where things needed to be neatened up. And I added some wavy top-stitching all over, just for fun. I wavy-sewed all around the bottom edge, which was just cut and not hemmed:
And then I sewed extra wavy lines along all the seams where the sleeves were joined (below). I don’t have a good photo of me wearing this skirt, but it fits perfectly and I love it! If you want to make a skirt like this, hopefully you’ll luck out like I did and find sleeves that fit around your waist perfectly when joined together, but you may need to play around with different sleeve arrangements, or join them differently, to make for a good fit. I didn’t take step-by-step photos, and the construction would be different depending on your sleeves, but hopefully this is enough info to inspire you to try one of your own!
For this make-a-long, I will be focusing on wedding-related crafting: my dress, shoes, fabric flower decorations, etc. You can make anything you want! Catch up on old, forgotten projects, try a new craft you’ve been wanting to explore, finish up all your work-in-progress pieces, open up a craft book you bought and haven’t used yet, as long as you have fun making!
The date and time are loose… if you have plans scheduled for Saturday, but are free on Sunday, then make that your making day! I will be again attempting to make for a full 24 hours (didn’t succeed last time, but maybe this time I’ll do it!), so I’ll be trying to go from 7am-ish Saturday to 7am-ish Sunday, or as long as I can last. Read the original make-a-long post for my initial inspiration and ideas about the make-a-long concept.
And then, to participate (the “a-long” part) – use whichever social media outlets you prefer: twitter, facebook, ravelry, blogs (commenting on mine, posting on your own), flickr. Use hashtag #makealong on twitter, join the make-a-long group on facebook, I’ll be starting a thread in the leethal ravelry group… and then I strongly encourage everyone to add any photos you take to the flickr group. I won’t be posting photos during the actual make-a-long day (probably just some twitter pictures), but I’ll be shooting throughout the day for sure, and uploading them to flickr within the next couple days.
Share what you’re working on, your making trials and errors, talk about the crafty fun you’re having, and get inspired by fellow make-a-longers! You’ll find me mostly on twitter throughout the day, but I’ll be checking in on the ravelry and facebook groups, and blog comments of course. Hope to see you making!