Happy New Year, dear readers! Hope your break was relaxing. I spent quite a bit of time at the sewing machine over the Christmas break, testing out various patterns.
Below is a skirt I made using Simplicity 1369, View ‘E’ with 2.5 inches added to the length. It took me a while to get the sizing right, as usual the pattern size was too big (by a whopping 8cm!), despite making the skirt to the correct measurements, it sat too low and loose. The “ease” allowed for in the finished garment was just too much. It wasn’t difficult to alter, but it did add unwanted time to the whole process.
A couple of “firsts” for me using this pattern – my first ever pockets! The pockets were so easy to add, and cleverly hidden in the design. It was also my first attempt at interlining, which I had initially thought would be a daunting process. The fabric was too sheer, so I basted a light cotton to my pieces, then assembled as normal. It worked out really well, the only down side was the added time in making the skirt. Combined with the alterations, it took twice as long as it should have. But, now I have some new skills under my belt, so future skirts and dresses will be much quicker and easier. I’ll definitely be using this pattern again, but with a smarter fabric choice and the right size!
Don’t you love it when a pattern test works out better than expected and you end up with something wearable?! I found a pile of unused patterns in my recent craft room spring clean, and desperate for some new summer clothes as I always am, I whipped up a skirt with a “Fast and Easy 2 Hour Pattern”, B5043 (Skirt A) by Butterick.
The fabric was bought on a whim a couple of years ago with no specific project in mind…is this why I have an out-of-control fabric stash, I wonder? I was unconcerned about failure, I just had an urge to sew. As it says on the pattern, it really is a 2 hour skirt, very simple with only 4 pieces and no zips or fiddly features. I thought perhaps the elastic waist might look a little daggy (you can never accurately judge the packet illustrations), but it sits quite nicely and is hardly noticeable.
Sewing success! And now to make a few more.
Hustle & Scout is a fresh new seasonal fashion market for the fortunate residents of Canberra, featuring a finely selected range of vintage fashion as well as designs from local talent.
Held in the beautifully designed Nishi building, this weekend’s market was abuzz with glamorous models slinking through the crowd, accompanied by indie-folk band Lavers providing tunes to get Christmas shoppers in the mood. With a focus on handmade, unique and sustainable fashion, Hustle and Scout is the perfect market to pick up a one-of-a-kind design.
The next market isn’t until April 2014, but just in time to scout out a treat before the Winter chills arrive. I’ll be there hunting for some new scarves…and maybe a new coat…and maybe I’ll start writing a list…