For a Pinterest Challenge, I usually do something related to the house or a new recipe I’ve tried out in the hopes of attracting more readers. For a day or two, I’ll have about 500 new fans and then then I go back to my regular amount of views per day while I eagerly anticipate the next Pinterest Challenge. It was recently that I had a sort of epiphany after the lovely words of a dear blogger friend, Ann Marie, who blogs over at White House Black Shutters. A few months ago, she wrote a post about re-focusing and figuring out blog goals. A lot of which was centered around… Are we writing for ourselves or writing to attract 500 strangers for a day or two? Her post really hit home because I realized that I’d started to turn into a crazy attention-seeking blogger. I’d made a FB page and even considered making business cards. I mean seriously? Did I think I was really going to be the next Young House Love? OK so that would be AWESOME and I’ll always have that dream, but in the end, I’m writing for myself. I’m writing for my family and friends. I’m sharing my life as it is… even if it’s not the most interesting or Pinterest-worthy. And if a new reader comes along and likes what I have to say, I would absolutely love that.
So for THIS Pinterest challenge… I actually made something that I have been wanting to make for a really long time. Ironically, that was always the whole point of these challenges. To stop pinning and start making.
Sewing is one of my many other completely random skills that just rarely ever gets mentioned around here on Post Grad. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last time I mentioned the fact that I have the ability to work a sewing machine was when I did the Napkin Throw Pillows (yes, I realize the pictures are missing… I’ll fix that soon) back for a Pinterest challenge over a year ago. I’ll never be able to make anything ornate, but as long as it only require the ability to sew in a “straight” line (or close enough), I can be pretty badass.
Enter Leanne, blogger and creater of Elle Apparel. Not only is this girl enviously gorgeous, she can make some of the most beautiful skirts and dresses. Clicking through her blog always makes me want to throw money at the computer screen and somehow have all of her awesome clothes. A while back, she posted a tutorial for a Maxi Skirt. It was super easy and only requires the ability to sew 4 straight lines (score!). I pinned it ages ago and then like so many other great Pinterest ideas, I just never got around to trying it out myself.
Unfortunately for us (but go, Leanne!), she’s since taken the tutorial down. Everyone went crazy for it and now she’s realized she can market it. You can go on over to her website and order one for yourself now for about $60. It’s a steep price, but worth it if you’re looking for that great statement piece for your wardrobe. OR…. you can do what I did. Now you can go to her Etsy shop and buy the tutorial for $12. The girl’s a genius.
As for the math, my advice would definitely be to start bigger and work your way down if you need to. I can’t give specifics of the math, but what I can tell you is that the smaller your waist, the tighter the waistband based on the math since it uses the same constants regardless of size. So for a 34″ waist, you’re looking at a waistband about 83% that wide to give a nice comfortable snug feel with the super stretchy fabric. But with a 24″ waist, it’s down to about 75% the width of your natural waist…. which is TIGHT. I also made the bottom of the skirt a little more narrow than what she used in her tutorial. I just doubled the waistband width (rather than adding a constant irregardless of waist width) like I usually do when I make an a-line shirt. I’m glad I did. I wouldn’t want it much flowier than it is.
My thoughts on the whole process? The math was a little confusing for me, but the sewing was a piece of cake…. well except for with a sewed the waistband to the skirt right-side out. Fail. But nothing a seem ripper and a re-do couldn’t fix. The end result is amazing. I’m absolutely obsessed with this skirt and am totally planning on making about a bajillion more. They are SO comfortable.
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