Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Local Repair Shop: The Value of Old vs. New Machines

As I get older, it becomes harder and harder to tell my family what I would like as a birthday gift. Every year I get asked by everyone, "What would you like this year?" and I find myself having no idea what to tell them. I think we can all relate to this. First off, the things we really want become bigger and bigger, so they really aren't things you would tell a kind family member of friend without sounding very rude. Second, at least in my case, I realize there are fewer things that I really want around me. This is compounded by the fact that I recently moved, which always leaves me amazed at how much stuff comes with me. One of the things I was dreading moving was my ever growing collection of old sergers and sewing machines. I think we can also all relate to the fact that the longer you sew, the more people think of you as "the sewing person", so when their aunt's friend's grandma's next door neighbor who loves to sew dies and they are left with a decent but not ~cool looking~ machine, they kindly offer to give the machine to you. I definitely don't want to sound ungrateful to those people as I've been given some wonderful machines, but in my case I just accumulated machines always with the thought of, "One day I will take all of these down to a machine repair shop and ask which ones are worth servicing and donate the rest." I had a big house with lots of extra space for last 5 years, so this machine collection just sat in my office and waited. And waited. And waited. A friend of my mom's who sews all the time had recommended a repair shop to me a while back, but still the machines sat as I had no idea how much it might cost to fix anything and my budget was tight. Put all this together this year just before my birthday and when people asked what I wanted, I had something I could tell them: a serger. I wanted a functioning serger in one way or another - my plan was to either to have the best of my lot of 4 older sergers serviced and fixed if any were worth the money OR buy the $200 Brother machine that comes up in every Amazon sale. So one Friday morning I loaded all of my sergers into the back of my car and on my lunch break at work I drove to Jim's Sewing Machine and Vacuum Repair in the Jumping Flea Market in Cocoa.
The machines I had in my car were: an 80s Toyota, a 70s Huckylock, and a mid 90s Babylock (I also had a late 80s Singer in the original box, but couldn't remember where it was in time to leave that morning). I drove up to the little building at the end of the small flea market (it's the only permanent unit after an awning with tables for rent) and talked with Jim. I told him my plan and he happily helped me take the machines out of the car so he could have a look at them. Before we even had the machines out of my car, he told me that the Babylock was the best machine of the lot by far and that was the one I should have fixed. So he looked at that machine first, plugging it in and checking how it ran, opening it up to see the condition of the inside. Then he mentioned that he would be glad to trade the other machines if I didn't want them (which of course I was thrilled about), so he plugged each of those in to check their condition to come up with a price. I told him about the machine I forgot to bring that I could trade, which he wanted as well. After a little investigation, he told me that he would give me an even trade off the cost of servicing my Babylock machine (usually $90 - $120) for the other machines. I was elated! I also brought along my main machine - a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 - to see if he could also get my button holer working. He said he could do that as well, which I was thrilled about all over again. I've been borrowing my mom's machine to make button holes for over a year now as my machine would malfunction each time I tried to make a button hole. I asked if he wanted any of my other sewing machines in trade toward that service, which he did :) So to make my machine make button holes again as well as a full service and cleaning, he charged $50 and told me they would be ready in a few weeks. I left there so completely happy with my experience, I can't even tell you.
The next morning, I pulled out all my other old machines I knew I wouldn't use: the 80s Singer serger, a cast iron 30s model Domestic brand (but not a pretty one and it had mold all over the machine and the box), and a cheapy basic Brother (the one that sells for $79 all the time). I also had my mom's 80s computerized Bernina that had stopped working a month or so ago and she didn't know why - she wanted to see if Jim could fix it for her as well after I told her how happy I was with my experience so far. We had a similar exchange this time with him looking at my mom's machine and unloading the others. He said that because of all the machines I was trading, he would do a full service on my mom's machine for $50, which of course we agreed to. I think I left even happier, shaking Jim's hand and saying, "I am so happy I met you," lol. I now had cleared out ALL of the superfluous sewing machines and sergers I've accumulated (which is worth celebration on its own), I would have all the functions working again on my main machine, I would have not just a serger but a really nice one (Jim said my machine would sell for about $500 even with its age), I would get a lesson on how to use the serger when I picked it up, and my mom's machine would be working again as well - All for $100. I still feel like that was just the best deal ever. Were some of those machines possibly worth a little money? Sure. But have you ever tried sewing an old sewing machine that isn't something like a working tredle or a featherweight or a pretty color? Around here, it's nearly impossible, and if you can sell it you will only get maybe $25 tops. People just aren't as interested in sewing anymore, and if they are they generally want to buy a new machine that they know will be reliable instead of taking a chance on an old machine. So I genuinely hope that Jim makes a nice chunk off the machines I traded him. He provided a great service I couldn't do on my own in servicing my 3 machines, and he was so pleasant to talk to - he told me all about my machines I was keeping as well as lots of other sewing machine company info and much more. He definitely earned the money he will make on those machines, plus I can't tell you how happy he made my husband by taking all those machines out of our house, lol.
Jim called me less than a week later - he had fixed my sewing machine :) He knew I would want that back first as it was my main machine, so he got it done quickly for me. When I went to pick it up, he sat me down with the machine and had me test it out so that I could see that everything was working well. He had also cleaned it up all over, so while I've only had this machine a few years, I noticed how nice and shiny it all looked. He also told me that my needle threader wasn't working - I just figured I didn't know how to work it, so I gave up and kind of forgot about it to be honest. Turns out the threader was all bent up and probably had come to me that way (which he said the button hole problem was caused in the factory when they tightened a screw so much that he had to use pliers to turn the screw driver to get it out) - looks like it's not always better to buy a new machine, I guess. He replaced my needle threader right then for $10 and showed me how it works. I had the same experience when I picked up my mom's machine a week later - he sat me down to let me test his work and explained what the issue was and how to avoid it in the future. My mom was just happy to have a light on the machine again, lol. He called me a little over a week after that to say that my serger was ready, so I took a lunch and went to his shop. Not only did the machine work great now - it also looked better than I thought it could. He said that the previous owner hadn't been very kind to the machine and the timing was off everywhere. But he worked his magic and told me all about the machine. It's a Babylock BLSE300, which was the Special Edition model and it included the Quick Thread System, which was completely new at the time. He sat me down and showed me a copy of the closest manual he could find to my machine (which he gave me) and then walked me through how to thread it, change needles, change stitch length, etc. All the basics. Then he asked if I had any other questions, and I asked him about how to set up the machine for flat lock, narrow rolled hem, and more. No joke - he sat with me for 2 hours just answering my questions and teaching me how to use my machine. I left there with a huge smile on my face and a fully functioning serger (that I could use) at long last.
I know this is a long post, but I write all this about my experience not only to give huge praise to a great repairman, but also to encourage others to think about a local business before buying new. We live in an world where most people think that things are completely disposable - when something breaks, you throw it away and get a new one. Regardless of our individual feelings about the environmental aspect of this waste, I think we can all agree that it is wasteful of money. A while back we had a flat screen tv that belonged to my grandma years ago. It had red lines all through the display, so I was going to throw it away. My husband decided he could try to fix it. He went to an electronics store and bought 2 new capacitors for $0.75 each, soldered them in, and we now have a larger television in our living room that has worked great ever since. Would it have been "easier" to just toss that tv and buy a new one? Probably. But I would've been $600 poorer. I think we are in an odd mindset right now - we are so attracted to the "convenience" of places like Amazon (not that I don't love them, I shop there too) that we forget about the convenience to our wallets and the help we can give our own community by shopping local, getting things repaired, or making do and mending. I think the sewing community can appreciate this idea more than the average non-sewer, but even in our crowd we are more likely to buy the newest machine with a few cutting edge bells and whistles than pay to fix a solid work horse with a broken piece that will last for decades while that newer plastic filled machine will be overworked and breaking down in a few years. Sure, sometimes things aren't worth fixing, but that's where the expertise of a local expert can really benefit us as the consumer. I didn't just get my machine fixed from Jim - I learned that I had a really good machine and what made it special, I learned who actually made my Singer Quantum Stylist (hint - it's not Singer - they contract it out), and I was told what features are added just to get you to spend the money on a new machine instead of keeping your perfectly fine old one (this was very interesting and he had several machines in his shop that were only a few years old that were sold to him because their owners wanted the latest and greatest). I also gained a new friend and now have a great relationship with a skilled repairman that I can go back to as long as he is in business with any issues I may have on any of my machines. You can't get that kind of relationship from a place like Amazon, you know? Not that I'm vilifying them (Amazon, I love you) - it's just so nice to know that you have a real person to help you and a place you can go back to with questions or concerns and it's even better that the person has delivered on all the promises they made so you know they are trustworthy and can back up their claims. That type of trust is really a wonderful thing and it will keep me going back to him (and therefor purchasing from him - a mutually beneficial relationship) for years to come.

I'm now having a blast using my serger (my first one ever - I'm so excited!). I'll do a review on my machine once I've had it a little longer and get to know it better. This was a really great birthday present and I am so glad it all worked out this way.

If you live in Brevard County, I can highly recommend you go to Jim for your sewing machine service needs. He doesn't have a website and his shop is open air, but he does post on Craigslist every week (here is a link with his address). As a fellow small business person, I know how valuable word of mouth can be, so I just wanted to put that out there if any of you find yourself needing a repair or if you're in the market for a rebuilt older machine. He gives a lesson with every machine and he guarantees his work for a full year. You really can't beat that :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

FO: Pippi Pinafore

It seems I am just not great about planning when I sign up to do reviews, lol. The lovely Jen of Jennifer Lauren Handmade asked for reviewers for her Pippi Pinafore pattern back in May, and thinking that surely 2 months was enough time to make anything even considering that I needed to move in that time, I signed up and was chosen for my size bracket. Then I had to break down my sewing room completely and move, plus I had to fix and paint and all kinds of fun things at my house in my spare time as well as the added interest of taking care of a pair of lovely twin 3 month olds once a week in that time as well. It was a perfect disaster as far as getting to sew anything in that 2 month period. The same thing happened when I reviewed the Mayberry Dress pattern - I signed up to make it over Christmas which is my busiest time of year at work PLUS I was making all of my Christmas gifts and I have a large family, lol. So sorry, Jen! Maybe one day I will sign up to review for her and I will actually plan accordingly. So here I am on the last day of the review period posting this cute finished Pinafore :)
This is my version of the Pippi Pinafore by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. I've been skeptical of the overalls/pinafore trend for quite a while now, but out of all the patterns of this type available this is definitely my favorite (and I felt that way before I was given the pattern). What makes it different is that there are darts at the bust, a fitted waistband, and tucks on the skirt - all these elements help to nip the look in at the waist to avoid it looking like children's overalls in my opinion. I figured if I was going to try this trend, this pattern would be my best bet (and I was right). I'm still on the fence about whether I am a pinafore person, but if comfort is the deciding factor I will be since this is super comfy, lol.
I don't think I've ever said this about any garment before, but I think this is most flattering when viewed from the side. The shaping really stands out from this angle. Also here you can see the cute button waist detail. Check out the pockets too! They are nice and large, which is super practical but also adds a cute detail. The pockets are lined with my lining fabric too, so they always sit flat and don't catch on the main skirt fabric. I love a good pocket and I especially love when they don't add bulk - a total win.
And here is the back view - sorry my straps are a little skewed.  I did hit a bit of a self created snag which makes my straps slightly off what they should be. Originally I signed up as a size 18 bust and 20 waist because that's what I was for the Mayberry dress. I measured myself just before cutting this out though and I have gained a little weight in my waist :/ Since this is fitted in the waist area I didn't want to be uncomfortable, so I went up to the 20 bib and the 22 waist and skirt. This worked fine in that everything fit, but I forgot to alter the notches on the waistband piece to work with the 20 on top and the 22 below. I did not realize this issue until after I had already sewed and serged my straps in place, so there was no going back. Now if my bib is centered, my straps are slightly off center. It's not a big deal, and I don't think anyone will think it's anything other than the straps shifting around when I wear it. Also this is totally black and slubby so I don't think you can even see most of the details anyway, lol.
I had to go from my stash for this project, and I had surprisingly little to choose from that I felt was a weight I could wear now in the blazing heat of Florida summer - I have several options for cooler weather, so I may revisit that idea later in the fall. I also wasn't making a muslin (meaning I didn't want to use anything too precious), so I went with this black linen I grabbed at a thrift store for $1 a while back. It was actually a tablecloth, and the linen is a bit sheer (particularly when backlit) as it's a looser weave, so to keep things in stash I used a cheap black acetate lining (also thrifted) and I continued the lining in the skirt as well for opacity - the pattern has you line the waist and bodice only. I will say that if I make another I would not go with such a slick lining fabric since the bib likes to shift around against my shirt and I was constantly adjusting as I moved when taking these pictures. So probably a grabby fabric like cotton would be best for the lining in this. Since I don't know if I can really ~do~ the overall thing, I went with buttonholes to connect the straps to the bib. I love that the pattern has this option not only because I don't love the overall trend, but also because you don't need any special hardware to make it up :)
Here are some close ups of the details. One piece of advice I would give when making the bib - the pattern shows that you make small squares of interfacing and put them at certain spots on the inside to beef it up for the straps. This works fine if you are using overall clips since the button would be on the bib, but if you are making the button holes, you need to interface a much larger area. My buttonholes are almost not interfaced and there was nothing I could do because everything was enclosed by the time I figured it out. Just something to keep in mind. I used some black buttons I grabbed in Hancock's closing sale for super cheap. I love how you create the button facing at the waist. It's like a button fly extension but at your hip - very clever. You get the look of buttons at the waist, but it doesn't add any bulk in that area and lays smooth along your hip curve. I top stitched everywhere even though you can't see it well in this black slubby fabric, but it helps keep things laying nice and flat.
Here is the full lining. This got a little tricky to add due to the button side opening, plus I made it when I was pretty tired and I managed to serge the wrong side closed before I realized what was happening. I had no choice but to trim off the serged edge and sew it again, making it tighter than it should be. This turned out to be a good thing though because this meant I could keep the lining open and away from the buttonhole area at the waist - I secured the skirt lining when I enclosed the waistband lining and it all worked out great. I needed all the length I could get (I thought it was long enough when I tissue fit, but I didn't have the bib in the right place it would seem), so I just serged the edge of my linen, turned up a 1/2", and top stitched the hem. Obviously next time I would make it a bit longer - I'm long waisted (which wasn't an issue on this pattern) and I'm 5'7" tall just for reference. For the lining I just came up about 1.5" above the outer hem and serged the edge. Incidentally - this was my first project with my serger and I am absolutely in love. I serged every piece of this project and it looks so nice and finished inside! I just love it.
So that's my Pippi Pinafore :) I'm not sure it's the most flattering look on me, and I still don't know if I'm a "pinafore person", but this was a lovely pattern to sew. I love all the extra details Jen adds to her designs. The instructions are always well written and I tend to learn something new on each of her projects. Maybe this will make a pinafore believer out of me! That will be the real test, lol. I need to make more shirts to wear with this, so then maybe I will fall in love. We shall see!

Fabric: 1.5 yards black linen - $0.50 (thrifted), 1.75 yards black acetate lining - $0.53 (thrifted)
Pattern: Pippi Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren Handmade
Notions: 1 yard Pellon SF101 interfacing - $1.00, black thread - $2.00, 6 black buttons - $2.00
Time: 10 hours
Total Cost: $ 6.03

*I was give the Pippi Pinafore pattern free of charge to review with no expectation of the outcome. All opinions are 100% my own and honest based off my experience. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Planning Sewing: My Most Successful Method To Date

I have a love/hate relationship with planning my sewing. On one hand, I am a major planner when it comes to buying fabric. I at least have a general idea of what I want to make with each piece of fabric I purchase from a store ( I stipulate at a store because I am much less discerning at places like thrift stores, lol, just to be clear). The truly crazy thing is that no matter how bad my memory gets with age, I am still able to remember where I purchased each piece of fabric, a general idea of what I paid (if not the exact amount), as well as what I intended to make with it. My style may change over time, and therefor plans get shifted, but that plan was always there in the background. So clearly I love a plan and tend to stick with it if it's possible and realistic. On the other hand, I am absolutely not one to dictate what I will make when. Usually if I have any type of thing I feel I have to make, I shut down and avoid making it completely. Schedules just suck the joy out of sewing for me and make it feel like work. It's silly, I know, but there it is. 

With all the sewing blogs I read, I know I am not alone in this mindset. Some people can make lists and capsule wardrobes, others just can't stand any type of planning and just make exactly what they want in the moment. I consider myself somewhere between these two extremes. Anyway, earlier this year I noticed that I wasn't making much progress with my year end goals, and thereby I wasn't making much on my #2018makenine list either. I love the idea of the make nine, but each year I am lucky if I even made one item on the list (as shown here). In some ways I think it's my aversion to lists in general, but I also think it's partly that I just didn't have the list in the forefront of my mind when deciding what to sew at any given time. So I decided to try out an experiment to maybe get some of these things made up. I mean - I do want all of these items. I planned them and bought the fabric and all that myself because I wanted to sew them up! So I thought maybe a pretty visual aid would help but not stifle my creative flow - and it did!  
Now I'll tell you up front - I'm fairly well versed with using Photoshop, and while I'm sure there are other programs out there that would accomplish a similar product, I do not know what they are. So use this more as inspiration than actual advice if you're not a Photoshop user. I started out by making a square document and adding a grid of guidelines to separate the page into smaller squares. I then made a list of items I wanted to make up in the near future, pulling heavily from my sad and neglected Make Nine lists from the past few years. I themed one with Tops and one with Bottoms and Dresses. In each little section, I added a picture of the fabric I wanted to use along with a line drawing (if at all possible) of the pattern I wanted to make it in as well as a little title for the pattern name. At the end of the day, this was nothing difficult or fancy. The most time consuming thing is acquiring the fabric pictures (I have all my fabric up on Trello, so that part was done) as well as getting a line drawing and eliminating the background so it would tile nicely in my little plan.
With this method, I have already made 4 tops, 2 skirts, and a dress off my lists! Years of procrastination were wiped away with just this one pretty visual in my sewing room :) So far I've made:
On my list I still have:
  • Christine Haynes Marianne Top in a teal geometric rayon jersey remnant piece with white contrast
  • Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top in a Joel Dewberry print cotton
  • Butterick 6217 in a Gertie rose print dotted Swiss
  • Sewaholic Alma Top in a cute daisy print cotton with a cream collar
  • Sassy Librarian Blouse in fruit print cotton
Some of these plans and fabrics are over 6 years old. Craziness! 
And in the skirts and dresses category, I recently won at Tic Tac Toe, lol. On this list I have made:
  • Self pleated skirt in a feather print poly chiffon with yellow lining
  • Anna Maria Horner Study Hall Skirt in scroll print cotton duck
  • Simplicity 8220 (fabric tbd)
  • Simplicity 8050 (fabric tbd)
  • Butterick 5982 in Litte Kookla cotton to replicate the dress from Modcloth shown in the picture
  • McCall's 6696 in a navy and white apple print cotton
This list has much more complicated items on it to be sure, which is the main reason I haven't finished more items off here. I'm also thinking of changing some things and combining the fabric I had planned for the Study Hall Skirt with Simplicity 8220 - part of this is laziness since I would have to grade the Study Hall Skirt up quite a bit to fit me, but part is that I really want to make that other pattern and I'm just not as inspired by the other contrasting fabric combos in my stash at the moment. And that's ok! These lists aren't meant to be the end all decision of my sewing - it's just a nice reminder to keep me motivated in a certain direction. 
Before I moved, I just had the lists sitting on the chair rail in my sewing room - always visible but never in the way. As I finish each item, I just put a big check mark (which just feels great to do, lol). I haven't found the perfect place for my lists in my new sewing room, but I'm working on it and hope to get them situated soon. 

It's really amazing what a simple visual like this can help accomplish, and I'm so thrilled with my progress. It feels like even though I haven't had a ton of sewing time, my time is always in the direction that I want. I've made other things that weren't on these lists over the past 6 months as well, which helps keep things feeling less structured and fun. And I will be making a new list soon that carries some of these over and adds some of my plans for newly purchased fabric (I have an outfit I am dying to make soon that definitely will be on the new list!). If you're at all like me, I definitely recommend giving this method a try. 

Do you have any other "soft planning" methods that work for you? I'd love to hear other suggestions as well!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

FO: Quill Peggy Skirt

After making my new Sailor Top, I found myself with yet more sewing time thanks to being sick for a few weeks (ugh,I know). Let's call this sewing time the only perk of that illness, lol. So it only made sense that I should make the skirt I planned to wear with the Sailor Top next, right?
This is the outfit I managed to make - and it's kind of ... eh... I mean it's not awful. When I first finished this skirt and put the whole thing together, I was really bummed. As I mentioned before I bought the top fabric specifically because it was the best fabric I could find to coordinate with this skirt fabric. The skirt fabric definitely came first - I love this print and the quality - and after a whole shopping day finding nothing else I went with the quilting cotton for the top since I knew I would have a hard time matching this skirt with anything but a plain white t-shirt, which just feels boring to me now. I did wear this out on my birthday (with my yellow Swedish Hasbeens) and a girl who works at Anthropologie complimented my whole outfit, so maybe it's not as bad as I thought originally. Anyway, let's talk about this skirt, shall we?
This is the Peggy Skirt by Blue Ginger Doll Patterns. I've made this pattern few other times and I always plan to make more. It's a great high waisted skirt with tucks at the waist and adorable pockets that gape away from the body. I did my usual adjustment of shortening this by about 4 or 5 inches (the pattern is made in a more vintage midi length) just because I like knee length skirts. No changes other than that since this is a fairly easy skirt to fit. The fabric is called Quill designed by Valorie Wells for Robert Kaufman and it's a cotton/linen blend. Guys, I love this fabric. It's firm enough to feel secure wearing it but so breathable. One of the things I like most about this pattern is that the skirt kind of bells away from your legs, and this fabric really helps with that shape the pattern creates. And it doesn't wrinkle as bad as I thought it would - yay, lol.
As I hope you can tell, I went to great pains with my pattern matching on this skirt. These large medallion shapes are lovely, but they would look like crap if they didn't line up right and it would completely distract the eye. I spent quite a bit of time matching up the design, and it looks almost perfect everywhere except where the side seams flare out. Technically these seams are matched as well, but the flare interrupts things. Since I had to choose what would match I went with the front and back seam and the pockets. You can see how I still tried to keep the medals in line in the above photo though.
The back seam I am pretty stinking proud of, lol. It isn't totally perfect, but at a glance that seam basically disappears - exactly what I was going for. This was my first time matching a print this large, so I'm really thrilled with my results. There is even a lapped zipper in that seam :)
Check out that shockingly bright zipper! I love doing lapped zippers for many reasons - they look so tidy and I find them more enjoyable to insert - but a big reason is for the opportunity for coordinating but not "matching" zippers. I had this acidic yellow zipper in my stash (can you believe it?) and it is the exact color of the yellow in the fabric. This is a metal zipper from the 60s, which I'm also quite happy about because those things last forever. So while no one will really see it but me, I love how this design choice makes the skirt feel extra cool. I know that sounds silly, but there it is.
And of course you can't talk about this pattern without highlighting the awesome pockets :) My hand is covering it here, but you can see in the earlier photo at this angle that I pattern matched the pocket lining (and it turned out really well). I adore these pockets, folks. Do they make my hips look wider? Yes. But I feel that you can see it's the pockets that do this, not my body, so it contributes to the design in my opinion. And they just beg you to put your hands in them as they are open all the time :)
And I couldn't talk about pattern matching without giving the best prize ever to the front waistband seam. Check that out, ya'll! I think because I haven't done a ton of pattern matching, I am always surprised and thrilled beyond belief when it works out, lol. I'm so proud of that waistband seam. I just feels like magic that it worked.
And some close ups of the details. I used a large acid yellow vintage button from my stash (which I love). And you can see that pop of yellow in the zipper here as well. And I just had to show that lovely pattern matching again close up :) I stitched in the ditch to secure my waistband, and you can just barely see the stitching if you look close. I also should mention that I hand stitched the hem to get a truly blind finish.
So that's my newest Peggy skirt :) It's comfy, it's pretty, it's pattern matched. What more could you want? This skirt really taught me that taking your time with cutting out can pay off in a big way. Incidentally I found a shirt in Anthropologie that is the perfect color match for the in the print (and it was on sale!). Being from Anthro, it's a very detailed and different type of shirt - it's all eyelet and lace with a high collar - so I'm curious to see how much I wear it because all together this will be quite the attention grabbing outfit, lol. I'm still on the fence with what top to wear with this skirt, but I can tell you it will be worn! I love this skirt and I am determined to make my fears of it being a wardrobe orphan unfounded. Yay for projects that pay off!

Fabric: 2 yards Quill by Valorie Wells Cotton/Linen blend - $9.70
Pattern: Peggy Skirt by Blue Ginger Doll
Notinos: yellow 7" zipper - $0.10, knit stay tape - $0.25, Pellons SF 101 - $0.50, blue thread - $1.50, button - free
Time: 4 hours
Total Cost: $ 12.05