In Sewing

No Guts, No Glory

This is going to be a tendinitis friendly post where I let the photos do most of the explaining for me, but I did want to share a little bit about the “guts” of my latest sewing project: The Crazy 8s Full Circle Skirt. I’m rather proud of the way it came together since I’ve never done a pieced project like this (I’ve only made one quilt in my life thus far). I took extra steps to make the insides look just as nice as the outside, which is something I started really striving for last year.


I used Hug Snug seam binding to stabilize the waist band to prevent it from stretching, which is now laughably ironic because I actually need it to stretch! …yes the pie was an issue if you’ll recall from my last post.



Bias tape. It’s my best friend. I use it for hemming practically everything! I had to order more fabric on account of misreading the yardage charts, so I thought why not just wait a little longer to finish and order some vintage bias tape while I’m at it? I bought a few packs from Vintage Curateur on Etsy. Good stuff.



Since I’ve been sewing a lot of closure-free tunics lately, I completely forgot some of the steps to sewing a lapped zipper! I wanted to make sure I did it right so I referred back to Sunni’s free zipper class on Craftsy for help. I also wanted to be sure I was installing the zipper so that my top stitching would be on the pink fabric only, not the pink and green, just to make it a little more incognito.


The pattern instructions call for a hook and eye closure, but I much prefer a brightly colored button when my auto buttonhole foot will cooperate.


I found a weird sort of pleasing rhythm in making sure all the seams were pressed in the same direction. No one will really get to see it but me, but my favorite parts of sewing are often in the small details. Which is why it makes my eye twitch when I see the navy blue thread I used on the seam of my last panel haha! I was trying to use up the last of a bobbin so I didn’t bother to wind up more of the natural color before switching to the pink topstitching thread. Just a nice little reminder of how lazy resourceful I was that day 😉




I pressed my first panel (that seam in the middle) a little too aggressively, causing the points to not line up so well. I really tried hard not to stretch all my other seams though, and I’m proud of the results. I’ve got nice even points on all the other panels. Hooray for small victories! Karl Cat doesn’t seem too impressed though. He’s more concerned with why I was taking his photo and not petting his head.


Often times with sewing projects I’m concentrating so much on the finished product that I overlook the small victories within the little details. It’s nice to take a step back every once in a while and dedicate a whole post to the glory in the guts.



  • Your skirt, and the insides, are *stunning* Rochelle. And puss cat is very cute. I love your combination of patterns and colour and that green button is the perfect match. I’m just starting Anna Maria’s Study Hall skirt and I can only hope the insides of mine will be half as neat.

    Sorry to hear about the tendonitis. I suffer from it from time to time (it doesn’t take much encouragement to come back for me sadly, crocheting is a complete no no!) and it’s a bitch for us creative types who love making stuff.

  • I love seeing the “guts” of your work. This skirt is so lovely. I really want one now. 🙂

  • Love it 🙂 Such calm and focus and completeness in this post.

    • Thanks! I do strive for calm and completeness in most things. That’s a great compliment 🙂

  • Laresse

    Great skirt. Sorry about your tendinitis. Most computers have a voice recognition program. You could set that up and dictate to your computer as an alternative to typing while you rest your wrists.,, Thank you for all the inspiration you bring and your wonderful energy.

    • Thank you so much. I’ve briefly looked in to dictation software but I get frustrated with things like that. It would almost be easier for me to rest and not type I think. We’ll see if I can find a good one though, thank you for the suggestion and for your kind words 🙂

  • jannapyj

    Inside and out, this skirt is such a winner!!!


  • Victoria Anderson

    Wow! That looks so good on the inside! well done.

  • Beth Arcuri

    This is such a great vintagey, hip skirt! Is there a place I can go to find out how to use bias tape for hems? This sounds intriguing. Magistra13 at yahoo dot com

    • Thanks, Beth! There’s a tutorial I did for the Craftsy blog about how I use it on shirt hems (, and here’s another tutorial from Colette that explains how you join the bias tape in a circle ( Hope that helps 🙂

      • Beth Arcuri

        Thank you! You’re going to totally laugh at me, but I was excited to see your comment in my email! I was like, “oh my gosh, my inbox has been touched by a celebrity!” Haha! But truly, I have long admired your style with that big old smile of yours. Then I read your entry which mentioned your ailment and so I read about the camp and everything. So, now when I see your public poise and confidence, I realize it came through struggle. And doesn’t that make the best kind of celebrity, the person you know that really is keeping it real? It does for me! Tag you’re it! You’re totally my celebrity for 2015, possibly longer if you actually get me to start trying to sew clothing, heh!

        • Aww Beth you’re too sweet! I’m certainly no celebrity, just a small town girl who likes to sew and can’t have nice things because I have cats 😉 The reason why I seem to have confidence and a permanent smile on my face is because of blog readers like you. You definitely just made my day <3 p.s. You can totally sew your own clothes! Everyone has to start somewhere…

  • Dang! This is about a million seams! I never would have the patience for this! Great job, dude!

    • Haha thanks! I found it very Zen actually. I think because it was repeating the exact same seams, eight times, on eight panels. If it was any other garment with just a bazillion random seams I probably would have shot my foot off before finishing it lol!

  • This skirt is beautiful both inside and out. It is so fun and looks great on you too. You’ve done yet another fantastic job!

  • Beautiful! My sewing skills are no where near yours, however, I too try to make the inside just a pretty as the outside.

    • Aww well thank you. Hey everyone starts somewhere! There was a time when I couldn’t even thread a machine without help, let alone sew clothes I’m proud of! 🙂

  • Lovely! I’ve been trying to make my insides as nice as the outside too, I still take short cuts but I’m getting there. Actually made myself do hand sewing last night which is NOT a common occurence, but it made a big difference!

    • Thank you! I take as many short cuts as I possibly can, whenever I can lol! Sew smarter, not harder is my motto 😉 But, sometimes there is no substitute for hand sewing so you just have to embrace it and admire the finish! 🙂

  • This is so beautiful! Inside and out! Great job on the inside and the outside! Thanks for sharing!
    PS. Vintage bias tape is the best! I use it all the time too!

  • lynneferd

    Marvelous skills! You have achieved a really lovely inside equal to the exterior. I thought the fit was perfect by the way….pie didn’t show….have more!:-)

    • Haha, thank you so much! Oh don’t worry, more pie will be had 😉

  • It looks amazing! Well done. Lovely guts 🙂

  • Wow – you should be proud of the guts! This skirt looks just as good on the inside as the outside! 🙂

  • Carolyn

    Haha, I talk about guts in all my posts. It’s my favorite part of sewing! Your skirt came out beautifully and is so bright and fun. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of smiles while wearing it! 🙂

    • That’s great! I think more sewers should share about the guts 🙂

  • Those guts are clean, I’m really impressed!