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I’ll take that as a yes, sew-a-long it is!

Thanks so much for all your sweet and kind comments about my skirt and I’m so glad there was so much interest in a sew-a-long.  Fun fun, I can’t wait!!  I think with the hustle and bustle of last minute Halloween costumes and decorating it would be fun to go with the week of November 7-11.  That should give everyone enough time to gather supplies and grab the pattern, right?!

Just to get you started here’s a few little bits:

Pattern: Simplicity 2226, I made view C with belt loops and no tie belt.  Simplicity patterns are available at Joanns, Hancock fabrics, hobby lobby, etc.  Hopefully there’s a sale running somewhere, usually on sale they cost $.99 or $1.99.

Fabrics: (This is directly from the pattern envelope) damask, pique, twill, sateen, lightweight wool and wool blends, challis, crepe-back satin, jacquards, laundered silks-rayons, silk linen, brocade, satin, shantung, soft lightweight linen and linen blends.

I think a fine wale corduroy would also work well and of course any quilting weight cotton, too. I should also note that none of the sizes on the pattern require more than 2 1/8 yards of 44″ wide fabric, most requiring just 2 yards!

Zipper: one 7″ zipper

Other supplies needed: thread, hook/eye, lightweight fusible interfacing 1/2 yard would be more than plenty.

Here’s the following breakdown of what the sew-a-long will probably look like:

Picking your size and tracing/cutting pattern pieces, fusing on interfacing

Creating pockets and main body of skirt.

Sew waistband and assemble to main skirt.

Inserting zipper (might also give it a whirl with an invisible zip which I think might be even easier), and finishing waistband.

Hemming & finished skirt reveal.

TBD: if anyone is interested I can hopefully figure out a linky party so you can all check out each other’s skirts!

Oh and I just want to add a teensy little disclaimer here:  I’m am by no means an expert nor do I know all the answers to questions that may come up, I’m just excited about getting to sew with friends and to be able to help as much as I can along the way!  Thanks and I truly hope you’ll join in!  ♥

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48 Responses to I’ll take that as a yes, sew-a-long it is!

  1. Sharon 10.25.2011 at 6:24 am #

    Yes!!! I can’t wait! What great timeing too seeing my birthday is coming up so a new skirt is totaly needed. 😉

  2. Emily 10.25.2011 at 7:24 am #

    Should be fun! Although, I have to admit that I did look at big box fabric stores last weekend for fabric that I liked and didn’t find anything that I liked. May have to order on line…

  3. Isisjem 10.25.2011 at 7:32 am #

    What’s the betting I can’t get this pattern in the UK and the sew along will be all over by the time I can find one and get it shipped in the US!

  4. LT 10.25.2011 at 8:15 am #

    Awesome! Thanks so much! Now for the scary/fun part of choosing the fabric!

  5. Liz @ LivingMySweetLife 10.25.2011 at 8:41 am #

    this looks awesome! I am going to try and get all my supplies together next week so I can make one… This will be the first time I sew an article of clothing for me!

  6. Jeni 10.25.2011 at 9:21 am #

    YAY! So excited! I am all ready to go! I meant to start this pattern a while ago, so my fabric is even washed! 😀 Thanks for doing this Anna!

  7. **nicke... 10.25.2011 at 9:49 am #

    i am in. i will buy the pattern today!

  8. Kristie 10.25.2011 at 10:52 am #

    Great! I’m really looking forward to it. I would love a group where we can share pictures. Thanks!

  9. Michelle 10.25.2011 at 11:23 am #

    I am really going to try. I never make anything for myself and the Halloween costumes will be done by then. What a great idea!

  10. Anonymous 10.25.2011 at 11:39 am #

    Yay! Thank you!


  11. Vanessa 10.25.2011 at 11:43 am #

    Oh, wow. . . this could be fun. I haven’t worn skirts or dresses in forever but this is so pretty. If I can find some cool fabric, I might just have to join along! Great idea :)

  12. aksherry 10.25.2011 at 11:54 am #

    Oh! I can do this! At first I thought it was next week and I will be out of town for my daughter’s Regional Volleyball meet.
    I think I will make one for me and one for her. Even though she might turn her nose up at it!!

  13. MaryAnnB 10.25.2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Have the pattern, now to pick out fabric from my stash…thanks for the sew-along Anna!

  14. Kimberly Grafton 10.25.2011 at 4:46 pm #

    That is so (or sew) fun! I’ve been meaning to make myself a new skirt, but just haven’t taken the time, and this will be a good excuse! Can’t wait to see what everyone else creates!

  15. Mademoiselle Marie 10.25.2011 at 6:31 pm #

    the skirt is so cute – wish I had a sewing machine here :( but i’ll definitely bookmark the sew along and make it as soon as I have my own apartment with a sewing machine :)

  16. Emily 10.25.2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I can’t wait! Thank you!

  17. Kristen 10.25.2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Just a heads up — Hancock Fabrics has $1.99 Simplicity patterns this weekend (Oct. 27-29). :)

  18. JenKJack 10.25.2011 at 10:52 pm #

    I’m definitely in! Your skirt is adorable and you are so inspiring. I’m making an angel costume this week. I made the first angel costume in August and since then my girl has outgrown it. Ha! :-/

  19. Zerique 10.25.2011 at 10:53 pm #

    oooooh!!!! how exciting!!!!

  20. christinaree 10.25.2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Yes! I’m so excited! I need to make some cute winter print skirts!

  21. Darcy 10.26.2011 at 7:40 am #

    Fun! Now to pick some fun fabric and find a zipper…

  22. Beth @ Remarkably Domestic 10.26.2011 at 8:49 am #

    I’m in, too! I’ve never sewn a piece of clothing that is meant to be worn for realsies, so a sew-along is just what I need, I think. Fun!

  23. ayumills 10.26.2011 at 9:48 am #

    Woohoo! This is going to be such a fun project! I know you will do a great job explaining the process! Thank you so much for doing this Anna!

  24. Lee 10.26.2011 at 11:09 am #

    Hmmm, I think you might just have convinced me to actually sew an item of clothing! OMG! I hope I can do it! Off to look for fabric! : )

  25. nadelundgabel 10.26.2011 at 2:34 pm #

    I would love to join. Do you know, if the pattern can be purchased as PDF as well? Otherwise it will be difficult for me to take part over here in Europe.

  26. Kayla 10.26.2011 at 5:37 pm #

    The skirt is SO cute! This sounds like fun, That’s my son’s 2nd Birthday bash week- but I really wanna join! We’ll see if I can get the pattern in town and in time! Great idea!

  27. Marina 10.26.2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I love your skirt and I’d love to join in! Was just thinking I need some new skirts and I’ve never done a sew-a-long before so am excited about this one….

    Marina :) x

  28. Jacqueline 10.26.2011 at 9:00 pm #

    I am totally in! I have had the pattern sitting on my desk for about 6 months, time to get’er done! Thank you for doing this, so excited!

  29. MaryAnnB 10.26.2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Found some great fabric, a Timeless Treasure that feels almost like gabardine, at the quilt shop last night… so much for going thru my stash for fabric!! Can’t wait to start!

  30. V and Co. 10.26.2011 at 11:21 pm #

    dude, you may just make me do this. LOVE the skirt! and i would make a tie for it!!!

  31. Lexi 10.27.2011 at 2:15 am #

    I’m in! I have bought my pattern but being in Australia it cost a mind blowing $18! Wish I had access to your shops minus the shipping though.

  32. My thoughts 10.27.2011 at 2:22 am #

    hu!hu!hu!i can’t sew but i loved what you did

  33. gail 10.27.2011 at 11:42 am #

    man, if i EVER wore skirts i’d be all over this. it’s such a cute skirt!

  34. LT 10.27.2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Thank you! And Hancock Fabrics is having a $1.99 pattern sale today through saturday!

  35. nuria 10.27.2011 at 2:58 pm #

    I´ll try to buy the pattern here in Germany, I hope I find it.
    I have only sew two things until now, will see maybe with your instructions it is easier.
    First of all I have to convert the measure.
    It is fun to read your blog.

  36. Sew Frenzi 10.27.2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Went and got the pattern already! You made such a cute skirt!! Looking forward to the sew-along.

  37. tusen 10.28.2011 at 5:28 am #

    Anna, I’d love to participate and sew my first ever garment with you :)
    I’ve just found the pattern here: and they both ship internationally and sell it as pdf (great news for me, as shipping from the US to Poland usually takes up to two weeks).

  38. CJ 10.28.2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I already have this pattern and the exact fabric from the pattern cover but wahhhhh, I need it done before 11/10 so I won’t be sewing along. :)

  39. Kristie 10.29.2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I attempted a similar skirt last night (decided to wait on the Simplicity 2226 pattern until it’s on sale). My sale pattern was pretty similar, but ended in disaster. I need to figure out sizing. How does it relate to your store bought size? I usually wear a 0, so I was surprised when the pattern size 6 was too small to be worn other than super high on my waist. Do you alter your patterns or did you make it as is the first time? I need help before I cut into my real fabric for the sew along. Thanks!

  40. Anna 10.29.2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Kristie, I’m going to address the size issue more on the first day. For me, I usually wear a size 4, and I used the size 6. It’s snug, but I wouldn’t want it bigger. Again, I’ll talk more about it on the 7th, yay! :)

  41. Lizzet 10.30.2011 at 1:54 am #

    Great! I can’t wait, I have two fabric choices, I might end up doing two skirts!

  42. Corey 11.01.2011 at 9:05 am #

    I just bought the pattern and fabric! I’m really excited as this is my first sew-a-long. Thanks for doing this.

  43. Caity 11.01.2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Brilliant! i hope i can get the pattern here in australia!!! as I’m in! Am heading to the shops today to hunt it down.

  44. paula 11.02.2011 at 11:07 pm #

    I’ve got the pattern! I’m really excited as I am new to sewing and just finishing my first quilt (king size!). This will be a great new project to begin!

  45. Kate 11.04.2011 at 1:21 am #

    This looks like a fun skirt to make, and a versatile addition to the ol’ wardrobe. Count me in :)

  46. Crystal - crafty ave 11.06.2011 at 9:51 pm #

    I’m excited! I’ve never sewn something for myself that I’ve truly been happy with and really worn, I hope this time I get it right :)

  47. Gochoun 11.06.2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I’m in as well. First sew-along, I have bought this pattern a few months ago, can’t wait.

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