A totally inappropriate skirt…

I didn’t intend to make another skirt. I certainly didn’t intend to buy more fabric. But I was waiting in-line to get some fabric for a sewing class I’ve just started and something was calling…
Can you see it?There on the middle shelf. The white one… can you hear it?

I tried to ignore it. I really really did. I didn’t need another skirt (for what else could it be?) I could get it another time. “But I’m on sale” it whispered.

Nope you’re cotton voile. You’re far to thin for a skirt. “I’d just need lining…” it coerced. 

For goodness sake its WINTER! “But look how pretty I am. Just think of how I’d swish and twirl…”

Needless to say my will was too weak and said fabric came home with me! And went straight into the wash and ironed and ready for cutting that night.

I knew this had to be a swishy skirt – after all it had told me it was. I didn’t want panels as I didn’t want to break up the already busy print – and I knew there was no way I was going to pattern match this sucker.

So I headed to the By Hand London circle skirt calculator. Which informed me that the fabric was too narrow for a fill circle skirt. And a half circle skirt. And for a quarter circle skirt. Hmmm….

What followed was a long period of angst trying to work out how to get this fabric to do what I wanted it to. I cursed my waist dimensions for being too long. I cursed stupid patterns for being dumb. I cursed circles for being too round. Then I realised the cursing wouldn’t change a thing.

nothing like my finished productI searched my patterns for one that would give me the swish I wanted. In the end I saw this one in Gertie’s latest book and thought “hmmm that would probably look different in a lighter fabric”. Then I realised it was a half circle skirt. And that the dimensions matched the fabric I had… we were on like donkey kong kids!

I don’t know why this pattern fit when the other circle skirt patterns didn’t. Tbh it wasn’t quite wide enough even for this pattern. I ended up missing the very point of the circle on either side and just fudging it when I sewed it up. roll that hem...

Once I got it cut out though this baby went like a dream. Easy to sew up. Facings matched (not a fan of facings me, but thems the breaks). I left it to hang for a couple of days but there wasn’t too much drop in the hem. I even managed to do rolled hem…

So, now I have a gorgeous skirt, in a see through cotton voile. In winter. Ah well! Add a jacket and a slip and we’re in business.

We managed to get out today, on a stunning winter day and get some shots – it was sunny, windy, and chilly but after the rain and storms we’ve had the last week it was glorious!

Here she is, in all her glory

Here she is, in all her glory

See... swishy-ness

See… swishy-ness


checking out the fabric – yep its still calling…


the print in its glory!

Despite loving this fabric, and the feel, and so many things about it, when I first put it on I was underwhelmed. I’m one for a-line and closer skirts and I wasn’t sure the looser, draping worked for me – especially round the hips. However when I tried it on again after hemming I was ok with it; sometimes I think a new style sometimes needs a second consideration.

I think this one will get a bit of wear. With a jacket other than my denim one it will carry me over for work. All in all a win methinks.

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So I made a bag…

hi all!

Firstly my apologies for being slack on my postings. While I haven’t lost my sew-jo, I have kinda lost my blog-jo. I’m super busy and photographing me, wearing things I have made, just hasn’t been floating my boat lately. Poos.

But I did whip something up this weekend – the Amy Butler Blossom Bag (its a free pattern – check it out!!).

Blossom BagIts made from quilting cotton and is a smallish handbag. It’s long but quite narrow so won’t do me for a regular bag – I’m a bit of a kitchen sink type gal!

But I’m super in love with this. And check out the internal fabric… Its one of my favorites ever.

pretty paisley!

pretty paisley!

This pattern was pretty easy to put together, though it took many many pieces! Each of the internal dividers takes 4 pieces of fabric, 2 panels of peltex (which I didn’t have so just used a thick, thick interfacing) and 2 pieces of interfacing – quite a bit of cutting out!

It didn’t all come together smoothly. It all ended up very thick and sewing round the ends of the bag was super fiddly. I also managed to sew the handles on wrong and only realised it at the very very end. But with a quick McGyver-ing I cut the handles in half and sewed it all back together again 🙂

So this is my first bag – and my next bag pattern arrived today… The Camp Stitchalot Craft bag… its officially on the list!

one more on the list...

From the side...

From the side…

My bag

A surprise inside!

A surprise inside!


todays item is another one of my UFO’s. And its not finished – and is on hold. (We can do that right?).

I brought the green cotton last year, and cut out the pattern out soon after, using a basic pattern from Burda Magazine.

Burda Magazine

So I hauled it out last week and started putting it together. My first confusion was why there were horizontal bust darts on the front and the back. Huh? never seen that before.

But it all became clear when I cleaned out my sewing room and discovered two more pieces cut out. Obviously I had realised that that fabric was so thin it needed to be lined, and had cut the pattern twice so I could self-line (also, I now know, called underlining!).

So off I went and put it together, but it all came to a screeching halt at the first fitting. Let this be a lesson for you all… Measure before you cut. Its too small. Sigh.

But its only a little bit too small. It WILL fit soon… honest. So its almost done – I just need to fit and hem it. It will sit in the naughty corner til it fits at which point I will haul it back out, finish it and wear it 🙂

So in the meantime I will tease you with a shot of the fabric, rather than the finished garment – itsn’t the pattern beautiful? The green is actually brighter than it appears in the photo. LOVE it.

Green cotton - one day!

Have you ever got a bit carried away and cut without measuring and had it go wrong? I’m sad to say I also do this with RTW clothes as well – “oh this is so pretty… it will fit soon…I’ll get it!”…. lots of people do this right? right??

I am nearly done on another UFO – the big scary one! Photos of my completed Watson jacket soon. Promise.

One down…

So I have finished my first garment of the year!! 🙂

Orange skirt

Usually when I make an A-line skirt I just knock something up. However 2013 is the year I am TRYING TO SEW BETTER so I thought I’d do it properly!

I brought several sewing books at Christmas (I love books, don’y you!) and the pattern from this book came from Stitch by Stitch by Deborah Moebes. Its a simple A-line with two front pockets.I found the book good, lots of pretty pictures and the instructions were pretty clear as well.


The fabric is a heavy cotton that I brought a couple of years ago and not done anything with yet.

I’m not 100% happy with it – the zip isn’t that tidy, but hey it was my first invisible zip so I’m pretty pleased overall. If I made it again the only thing I would change would be to make it a bit longer – its shorter than I would usually wear.

Here are some more photos….

Whole view     Side view   Front

See you soon!