Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Finish Skirt!

I have to say that pin tucks aren't as easy as they look. Using a twin needle and special foot may require a bit more practice. Maybe I missed something? There was certainly a lack of information online about sewing pin tucks. The lady at the sewing store did give me the tip about adjusting the bobbin tension. It worked somewhat, but I really really hate to mess with the tension on my machine.
Regardless of my troubles, the skirt is finally done and I plan on wearing it in public.

Tomorrow we leave for Panama. (Bocas Del Toro, Panama) We have some friends that are currently living there and they invited us down for a visit. We couldn't say no could we? This past weekend we spent some time preparing for our trip which included lots of laundry and a trip to Borders where I picked up two fun books. 99% of the time I am a non-fiction reader, but I needed some imagination and ended up purchasing Water for Elephants and The Friday Night Knitting Club (BOGO 1/2 off!) Jeff proceeded to tell me by just holding the Knitting Club book he was growing a set of ovaries. So I suppose I made a good plane ride reading choice. :)

48 hours before departure I decided that I needed a new bag to hold my new books. It took me over 8 days to finish the skirt. How would I finish a new bag? This is what it looked like this morning. I made it up as I went. Just measuring, cutting, interfacing, and sewing. No looking back.
It was finished a 7pm this evening. I got to use some new Amy Butler fabric. It's your standard over-sized tote with a pocket on each side of the exterior and 2 slip pocket, a zipper pocket and pen holder on the interior. 4'' finished gusset/ fully interfaced. Maybe you'll get an action shot of the finished bag and skirt in Panama!

See you all in about a week or so.....


  1. Oh yeah, pin tucks *** (insert rhyming word here)! lol

    My Mom had a neat little gizmo she used that you laid your fabric on and used a blunt straight edge to push the fabric into the slot, ironed the tucks into place, and THEN stitched--and even that was a bit of a pain. I think yours turned out pretty darn good!

    Have a fun trip!
    Smiles, Karen

    p.s. I listed some of those bookmarks you asked about in my Etsy shop :o) htttp://misseskwittys.etsy.com

  2. oops--one too many t's in there


  3. OH, I've always wanted to go to Bocas del Toro, and stay in one of those huts on sticks IN the ocean. I hope you have lots of fun and take lots of photos!

  4. The skirt is lovely! Good for you for powering through. It looks like you learned a lot, too. :)

  5. You ladies who whip up adorable projects right before you leave for vacation astound me. The bag looks adorable, and that skirt is great. Enjoy your time away!

  6. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

    Take lots of photos for us!! : D

  7. That's quite an elaborate last minute bag, sheesh!
    Have a great trip, the skirt is gorgeous.

  8. Oh, fabulous skirt, really! I just love it, the pin tucks really do it- make it something quite special!

  9. LOVE the skirt and can't wait to see the bag. Hope you have a wonderful trip! :)

    Reclaiming The Home

  10. I so hope you guys are having loads of fun right there in the Bull's Mouths.


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