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Being a homemaker continued… or I really like sewing my own stuff.

I have sewn quilts, blankets, and my amazing purse, but I have never sewn clothes… Until today. I sewed my very first skirt!

Unfortunately, I really just made it up as I went, because I had the wrong kind of elastic for this tutorial – – and not enough fabric according to any of the tutorials. Therefore, I didn’t take any pictures, because I was focusing on not wasting my $15 of fabric. Yes, I splurged on fabric. I wanted a loud, but not crazy, print. I wanted bright colors, but nothing outside my color palette or comfort zone.

So, here’s the finished product:

Fortunately, I can retell my steps for those of you dying to recreate this project.

1) Get fabric of choice, preferably polyester or rayon. These fabrics don’t wrinkle like cotton, but are still washable. You’ll need 1 1/2 to 2 yards. Basically whatever wraps around your waist one and a half times. I made a high-waisted skirt so I just need 1 1/2. Also get elastic. I used 3/4 inch.

2) Keep fabric folded in half, like it is on the bolt. Cut 2 strips (since you have it folded in half, just make one cut) that will be two times wider than your elastic once sewn together.

3) Place the right sides together of the 2 strips and sew along both long edges. Turn right side out.

4) Measure your elastic by stretching it around where you would prefer the waist to be. Add one inch and cut.

4) Using a safety-pin, thread your elastic through the waistband, making sure to hang on the both ends otherwise you’ll waste a lot of time fishing it out. Sew each end of the elastic to the waistband, making sure to go over at least three times to secure it.

5) Turn the skirt body so the right sides are together. Sew the long edge (opposite the fold), and turn right side out.

6) Here comes the fun part…. Sew the sewn long edge of the skirt body to the waistband. The elastic will make it be scrunchy, but stretch it out to ensure the fabric lines up. It’ll work, I promise.

7) Turn the fabric right side in, and sew the remaining seam.

8) Put on and admire your handiwork!

The beauty of this project is there is not a hem. It makes for a great introduction to sewing my own apparel.

I’m considering tacking some pleats along the waistband, so it’ll lay exactly right each time I put it on.

I can’t wait to wear it! It’ll most likely make its debut in the Dominican Republic — my trip is just TWO WEEKS AWAY!

~Amber Joy


Dream projects

After sewing my purse, I’ve been dreaming of all the different projects I could do. If only I had the time and money…

Here’s my list of dream projects that may or may not get sewn before the end of the summer:

DIY Shift Dress from Martha Stewart (

Day after Day dress from the Sew Weekly (

In addition to these, I have the book One Yard Wonders with 100 projects I have not yet done. If only I wasn’t in Law School!!! I’m going to try to get one of these looks done before going to the Dominican Republic. We will see.

~Amber Joy

Sewing project revealed!

Want to know what I sewed yesterday?

Have you been sitting, hitting refresh ever since you read yesterday’s post?

Here’s what I made:

A purse!

Isn’t it AMAZING?

I’m very proud.

Here’s a close up:

Check out that pleat!

Did you know purses are made up of a bazillion pieces? They are COMPLICATED. But I powered through, and made one all on my own!

This project came from the book One Yard Wonders (

So, if you want the details, go buy the book! It has 101 projects that only need 1 yard of fabric!

I can’t wait to make more!

~Amber Joy

PS – Just for fun:

Tani helping me with the pattern pieces.