Maple Skirt by Gracious Threads… Hacked!

So I decided to do something I pretty much never do. I hacked a pattern!

Normally if I make any changes to a pattern I’m sewing it’s pretty minor. Maybe do a little colour blocking, something like that.

But for the Maple Skirt Tour, Jess of Gracious Threads was encouraging us to do a hack if we wanted so I figured I’d do something that was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

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I’ll say it right off the bat, I messed up my buttonholes. I needed to shift the buttons down a little because the third button would have been right on the line where the two fabrics join, and then I thought I measured well, but apparently I went all buttonhole happy and didn’t keep distances the same.

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It’s a fairly simple hack. I basically cut the skirt pattern pieces at about the third mark. Then measured along the bottom cut edge of each piece (the front and back); took that measurement and multiplied it by 3 to make the new width measurements. The length was the length of the bottom 2/3’s of the skirt pieces plus seam allowance. Probably doesn’t make much sense, I’ll try to get a picture of what I mean. For the back gathered piece I had to cut out two pieces to get the width I wanted.

For the jeans top part of the skirt I actually upcycled an old pair of my husbands’ jeans. Since I made a size 3 I still have quite a bit of jeans left to work with.

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The belt loops are the actual belt loops from the jeans. For the back piece I cut from close to the bottom of one leg and centered the fold line of the pattern piece on the side seam of the jeans.

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I was actually quite impressed that my sewing machine managed to sew through all the those layers! It had tiny fits trying to sew over the belt loops on the seams but otherwise it survived! Yay!

Even though I messed up on the buttonholes, I’m still quite happy with it. The topstitching with the jeans thread really helps I think. Both my girls like the skirt. Luckily SillyBean is super skinny so she can fit into it. She can wear it over leggings, it will look so cute.

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It was a fun hack. Next time though when I cut the bottom part off the skirt I’ll add the curve of the original hemline to the top part of the skirt pattern piece (the jeans part). Maybe then it won’t hike up so much in the back like in the pic below.

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I have plans to sew up an original version soon. I just need to clear up a few other projects on my sewing table first!

Check out the other stops on the Maple Skirt Sewalong Tour by clicking the pic below!!

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I hope you enjoyed my hack!

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Back to School Tour Day 6

Back to School Day 6: More outfits and totes!

The last day of the Back to School tour. The week went super fast! (Probably didn’t help that I was working 3 of the 6 days of the tour!)

We have lots more back to school sewing inspiration for you today! And giveaways! Scroll to the bottom of the post to find out all the giveaway info, but before you do be sure to stop by all the bloggers’ posts.

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

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Back To School Tour Day 4

Back to School Day 4

I can’t believe we’re already at Day 4 of the Back to School Tour. It’s going so fast!

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Today we have 5 more bloggers sharing some back-to-school inspiration. More outfits and backpacks! Yay!

And yep, another day means time for another giveaway! Scroll down to the bottom to enter the giveaways and don’t forget to link up anything you’ve sewn for back to school in August! You have until September 4th 11:55pm EDT to enter! But first check out what today’s bloggers have sewn. I’m totally coveting all the fabric!

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Back to School Tour Day 2: Clothing checklist, giveaways and more!

It’s Day 2 of the Back to School Blog Tour!!

I can’t believe summer is nearly over. It went way too fast this year!

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Day 2 means more bloggers and more giveaways!

Yup. BUT before we get to that, I have a back-to-school clothing checklist to share with you. I’m no graphic designer so it’s not super pretty with lots of colour and glitter.. (well, no digital glitter, you could always glue some glitter to it after printing it out). It’s basic black and white with enough space to check off the amount of pretty much anything you might need for a Fall and Winter clothing closet and some space to write in sewing pattern ideas.

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Back to School Tour: Discounts and more sneak peeks!

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Just TWO more days! I truly am super excited about this tour (I’m also super excited about the next one we’re planning too). I LOVE back to school time. When I was a kid, as a university student, as non-student pre-kids even. I just love brand new school supplies, lol.

The other day I shared with you two sneak peeks and the prize details. Today, I have details on all the discounts being offered for the tour.

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