The Dorky Diva

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Welcome to The Dorky Diva! I'm Savanna, a Star Wars fanatic who tries to sprinkle fandom into every day life. Follow along for new cosplay updates, outfit inspiration, beauty reviews, convention coverage, and more!

Holiday OOTD: Handmade Skirt

The holidays are here and I couldn't be happier! Ever since I moved to Washington, I absolutely love the holiday season. Being with my husband and enjoying the festivities together is always fun, but the part I love the most is how it really feels like Christmas time here. Since I was born and raised in Florida, my childhood Christmas memories never involved jackets, snow, or anything that made you want to be cozy. Being outside isn't particularly fun when it's cold, so I've been having a good time with a new hobby indoors. I've recently found an interest in sewing again and decided to make a holiday skirt that would keep me warm throughout the winter.

I feel like a total beginner seamstress despite the handful of things I've made. In the past I've made simple skirts, pajamas, easy quilts, blankets, and a dress. Following patterns is not my strong suit, but I'm really proud of how this skirt turned out. I chose an evergreen colored corduroy (my first time sewing with this material) and the McCalls M7981 pattern to create my skirt. The pattern caught my eye because I loved the button details down the front and hello- it has pockets! It took me an entire day to make, which sounds like a long time, but I ran into some speed bumps at the end. My automatic button hole maker wouldn't work because the fabric was too thick and then I had to alter the waistband because it was a few inches too big. Despite those hiccups, the rest of the project was fairly easy and I'm in love with the results!

I haven't worn it anywhere special yet, but I wanted to style the skirt to show off my sewing project and a few accessories I've picked up recently. Surprisingly I haven't gone too crazy this year with buy new clothes or shoes because I'm trying to cut down on my wardrobe size, but these leopard boots from Madewell caught my eye a month ago and I couldn't stop thinking about them. Treat yo self! I also got this beautiful fan-made Princess Leia necklace by Unicorn Crafts from WonderCon back in March. The clutch I'm using is from the Coach x Star Wars collection. I rarely see Boushh Leia featured on any merchandise, no less a beautiful bag, so this was ordered as soon as I saw it online. The pouch is sold out, but a similar tote with the same design is still available.

Have you ever sewn anything? How did it go for you? I'm hoping to make a Christmas quilt soon, but I have a pile of flannel waiting to be made into pajama pants this weekend!