Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Estuary Skirt in Soft Organic Double Gauze


 

 By Amanda, A Fabricworm Maker

What says spring sewing better than yellow? I’ll admit I often admire yellows from 
afar but am too scared to make something to wear with it. I love how bright and 
happy it is, but I worry it’ll clash with my skin tone or be too bright and happy. 
Well I took the plunge and this Honey colored organic cotton double gauze is the 
PERFECT tone of yellow for me (and probably for you too). I’m more of a skirt 
and dress person these days especially as it gets warmer. Double gauze is perfect 
for warmer climates because it’s super breezy and has a fairly fluid drape.  

I decided to make the Estuary Skirt from Sew Liberated and if I’m being honest it 
was a good lesson in being okay with the imperfect. For some reason my sewing 
machine really did not like one specific spot for my buttonholes and it just kept 
getting stuck. After picking out the buttonhole for what felt like the hundredth 
time my fabric was looking a little rough around the edges. At the end of the day 
the only person who will be able to tell my buttonhole is not perfect is me. 
Well and you, but you probably won’t ever see me wearing this skirt out in the 
world and if you do I assure you you will not be this close to my buttonholes.
 

I think in the age of social media it is easy to be convinced everyone else is making 
things perfectly and there are 0 mistakes or ripped seams. It’s okay to not have every 
seam perfect because ultimately really only you will know and also ready to wear clothes 
also are not perfect at all.


Anyways, the organic double gauze is a really lovely fabric to work with and 
is not too finicky. You do need to be mindful that while its two layers are tacked together, 
when manipulating the fabric they can come apart. You also need to be careful if you need 
to seam rip because the looser weave of the fabric allows your seam ripper to get in there 
and mess up your day.

As someone who only somewhat recently started sewing woven apparel items 
I found the most intimidating aspect to be choosing a size. When you sew knits 
you know there’s stretch, so if it is a little too small it may still fit and look great, 
but that’s not really the case with wovens. The best advice I got about choosing a size 
was to consult both the size chart AND the measurements of the finished garment. 
I was between two sizes in this skirt and decided to size up. The benefit of sizing up 
vs down is that if you get a little smaller you can always take it in and if you get a 
little bigger you’ll likely still be able to wear it. I’m really in love with this imperfect 
sunny spring skirt and I cannot wait to make more things to go with it!
 

Bio

Amanda is a stay at home mom of 2 young boys, living outside of
Charlotte, North Carolina. She can be found on
Instagram
@mandabe4r where she shares everyday life and crafty things.
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