Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Woollen Skirt

I know, another skirt. I have decided I really have to start making some tops to go with all of these skirt creations!

But in the meantime, I am a bit excited about this one.

I picked up some woollen plaid material a little while ago from my local Spotlight store, with the plan of making a nice, warm winter skirt. I had an image in my head, but wasn't sure whether to go with a pattern or just wing it. After much hesitation, I decided to go without a pattern and, using an existing skirt to get the sizing right, I took the scary step of cutting out my fabric.

I cut in on the bias as I knew it would fall a bit nicer, and I much prefered the diagonal plaid pattern. I also decided to use a zipper for a side fastening, and an overlocked edge finish for the hem. The wool fabric is pretty thick, so I tried to take that into consideration while designing it so that I wouldn't end up with bulky hems etc that wouldn't fit under my sewing foot on my machine!

I was a little surprised that it ended up fitting so well, and it is really comfortable and warm to wear - which is great for the icy Melbourne weather at the moment.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Study Hall Skirt

I’ve recently finished making a skirt that I’ve been really excited about – I bought the pattern at the beginning of the year, and have actually had the fabric since last year, but I was a little nervous about how complicated it might be to make. So I decided this would be a perfect project for my weekly sewing lessons, so that I could get plenty of guidance along the way.

I used Anna Maria Horner's Study Hall Skirt pattern, and the fabric I used was Amy Butler’s Love – Memento, in Burgundy.

The fit is perfect, to my utter relief (I haven’t been as lucky with other patterns recently) and it is very flattering and comfortable. And pretty J