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Fresh from the Farm skirt

 When I set out to create a skirt, or pillow, or whatever for that matter- I usually have a picture in my head of what I want it to look like, but usually no pattern or other practical experience on how to make it to pull from.  So, basically it’s a crap-shoot whether or not something will turn out the way I want it to.  I know many of you find yourselves in the same boat.  So, here’s my question for you sewing adventurers our there- to unpick or not to unpick?

 This is the skirt I made for my baby.  It is not what I wanted it to be.  The skirt I ended up making is growing on me, and the more she wears it, the more I like it, but- still- it’s not the one in my head.  Close, but no cigar.  The fabric I used for the underskirt is a piece I got from my mother-in-law (if you’re keeping track- YES she has a LOT of fabric) and it’s all I have, so if I want to try making this skirt again, I’d have to unpick the entire bottom portion of the skirt to salvage it- as well as salvage the farm fresh fabric (the band across the bottom) because the colors in it are the ones I wanted for this skirt and that’s all I have too.
My issues with it are the following:
1.  The top skirt is not long enough.  I thought I wanted to see 3″ of the underskirt, but I was wrong.  Just a peek would suffice.
2.  Because of the length of the top skirt, and the weight of the corduroy I used- it sticks out like a bell.  My neighbor thought I wired it to stay that way.  Ummm…..no.
3.  I think the drop waist is too long.  By at least an inch.  The proportions got away from me.

So here’s my question.  Do I fix it the way I thought it would be?  Or, if she’s this happy in it- just let it go and try again next time?  What do you think?
And, before I let you go- just a reminder that POV is coming up this week.  I know, I can’t believe it’s the fourth Friday of September already either.  The theme is Autumn and I would love for the link party to break 50 points of view- so make sure you get all your projects ready and tell your friends- we’re going to have some fun!!
p.s. I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway I promised last week.  I’m still trying to gather my wits about me, but as an incentive to keep being patient with me I will tell you that it will include a bat pillow cover (among other things).  I will get it up soon since I want to be able to ship the prize to the winner before we get too far into October. 🙂
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  • Lara Petch
    September 21, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Its cute as is, and I think the length of your drop waist is great 🙂 I don't think you need to redo.

  • Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com
    September 21, 2011 at 4:08 am

    It turned out cute and she looks like she loves it!

  • Andi @ Jane of all crafts
    September 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    cute! even cuter model! I say if she's happy keep it you could always try again with a new skirt.

  • Toqua's Crafts
    September 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I think the drop waist is fine.
    I agree that the top skirt should be longer (next time). If it were longer the corduroy would lay nicer.
    I would not redo it. She likes it so leave it be.
    If we learn from what we do and use it for future, then all is good.

  • Mommo
    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I think the top skirt should be longer. With my personality I would go crazy each time she wore it. I would HAVE to unpick and re-do. Then I wouldn't go crazy. It is super cute though.

  • Rachel
    September 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I think the drop waist is the right length, the next layer could be a little longer, but it looks OK like it is. I tend to unpick everything so if you are going to be unhappy with it each time she wears it, go ahead.

  • Lindsay
    September 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    looks great..much better than what I could do..I know not saying much… If I were making it I would want the top a little longer too…don't redo it this time..she looks perfect in it (unless it will drive you crazy and you want to hide it in the back of the closet) Great job..

  • Michele Pacey
    September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    She is so happy in it Amy, look at her! I think THAT pretty much says it all. But for your own satisfaction, I say make a whole new one sometime that incorporates all the tweaks. Bet you she loves that one too!

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    September 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    If she likes it, leave it, but… I know what it's like to look at something and wish it were perfect 🙂 Ripping seams makes me want to cry, though. I hate it. If you really feel the need to change it, what about removing the entire gathered section along the bottom and attaching it to a longer section at the top using a different fabric than the corduroy? Oh, and I love the farm fresh fabric, too 🙂

  • Cindy
    September 23, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Cute! Thanks for sharing.