Werking Girl Skirt

"Werking Girl Skirt" Vogue 1465, a Donna Karan design - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

Say hello to my Donna Karan pleather pencil skirt! 1465 is my first go at a Donna Karan pattern, as well as my first big-envelope Vogue pattern. It was rated ‘average’ and seemed straightforward enough: pencil skirt in stretch fabrics using panels instead of side seams. A quick glance at the pattern instructions revealed that […]

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Another Woman’s Treasure

Guess who made a Butterick 5249 skirt - for someone else? Body positive sewing & style on Making the Flame. For every body!

If there’s selfish sewing and unselfish sewing, what do you call it when selfish sewing turns into unselfish sewing? Before it became unselfish selfish sewing, this skirt was simply the desire to try a new style of garment: the pencil skirt. Pencil skirts represented polished professionalism and casual wearability, both with a touch of sensuality. […]

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Pencil Skirt Success

Body positive pencil skirt and creative, purple animal print, style at Making the Flame.

It’s finally happened! I made the pencil skirt of my dreams. You’d never guess it, but I have a serious love for pencil skirts. So when I found a free pencil skirt pattern from Lekala, I was thrilled! And the fit of the muslin thrilled me, too. But over time I gained/lost weight, so I […]

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Enter, Bond Girl (Butterick B6258)

You know how you finish something, and kinda fall in love with it? That’s how I feel about this skirt. :)  Originating from fairly humble origins, it turned into something better than I could have imagined! I wore it to my friend’s semi-dressy James Bond-themed birthday party at a posh Boston hotel bar (like, $400+ […]

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SWYFC Kickoff and Check In

Can you believe we’re already mid-way through the first week of SWYFC — how are you doing? I made a pair of videos that get more in depth about what this challenge is all about and what the plan is for this week, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Please forgive my “outfit”, it was simply […]

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A Mechanical Ending (and Other Tales)

Happy last day of September! After this, we have ninety-two days in which to make 2014 something good. No pressure, right? *wink* And while we’re on the topic of pressure … my new job and I have been seriously wrasslin’, and I feel like I got whooped all September long. I did some sewing, but […]

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Blame It On the Rain

Here’s another OOTD! Today’s is a me-made, OOTD, though. This outfit consists of two very special makes: the top is McCall’s M6078, but this version is my very first attempt at this pattern. Furthermore, this is my very first make which was viable — fit well, well-stitched, I followed the pattern pieces and instructions, and […]

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