I’ve been woefully neglectful of this old blog here… life has been hectic with home projects, yard projects, work, training for a half marathon, and of course the increasingly busy lives of two year olds…
My sewing machines have been sorely neglected, too. We’ve had two floods in our finished basement in the last 6 months or so, which has really been a joy. And since that’s where I sew, that’s really put a damper on my creative outlet.
But! The sewing room is finally (mostly) put back together. And I’ve finally gotten a little bit of sewing done! As always, Adrianna with Hey June Handmade gave me some motivation to finally get back to sewing – just when I needed it most.
Adrianna’s newest pattern is the Sandbridge Skirt, which just released last week!
This is classic, relaxed jean skirt with raw edges. I’d never thought of having frayed edges on a jean skirt, but I love the relaxed look it provides. I used a soft blue denim from my stash*, which I believe I purchased from Pacific Fabrics at least a year ago.
I haven’t worn skirts/dresses much since I had the kids, but this pattern has me rethinking that. I made a size 12, and then took in the waist by about an inch. I’ll take in the waist a little more on the next version so it’s a little more snug at the top.
I wasn’t confident enough (and perhaps was a little too lazy) to use actual top stitching thread, so I just used standard weight thread in yellow. While this gives it a bit of the standard jeans look, I think I’ll be braver on my next pair and actually go with the top stitching thread. I can definitely see how the thicker thread would really add something to the skirt. Maybe I’ll play around with the design on the pockets, too. Some of the other testers did some really great pocket designs!
Overall, I highly recommend this pattern. I’ve made a couple of other pairs of jeans (here and here), plus another jean skirt (unblogged), but I liked the instructions for the waistband in this pattern the best out of all of them.
*One thing made very apparent by my two basement floods was that my stash is entirely too large… I’m trying to work through a good chunk of that before buying any more fabric. So far, I’ve been successful. I haven’t purchased any fabric in months! Of course, I haven’t done all that much sewing in months, either, so that might be part of the reason for the success in avoiding fabric stores…