Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Dressmaking and skirt making

I've been sewing...sewing practical things! It's very rare for me to wear patterned skirts but when I saw this button fabric it was the incentive I needed to make the wrap skirt I'd been meaning to make for ages.  This is the pattern I used.

I made a couple of alterations, not least adding 19 cm to the length! Who would know from the pattern that it was a mini skirt? The other alteration I made was to move both ties to the left hand side of the skirt rather wrapping it around the back and I think this makes it look a lot tidier.

The skirt was easy to make and easy to wear, so I  bought some more fabric and made another one only this time I adjusted the pattern so that the skirt sat on the waist rather than below it as the pattern intended. 

I thought the higher waist would be more flattering but it doesn't seem to have made a lot of difference.
Buttons, needles and threads... it's obvious why I might be attracted to these patterns but snails? I think this pattern was probably intended for children but I made it up into a dress using this pattern
This is an easy pattern but couldn't help making a few changes to  this too. Firstly, I stitched up the opening at the back as I could get it on over my head without it and inspired by the lovely sleeveless tops Gill made, I added some home made bias binding to the neck and sleeve edges. This was my first attempt at making my own bias binding and although it took longer to do I think it was worth the extra effort.

Besides 2 new skirts and a new dress, I have also gained a new sewing machine and I'm thrilled with it!  I bought it from the charity Workaid when I was at Missenden Abbey.

I've wanted one of these machines for ages because....well because I the look of them but it never seemed quite the thing to buy online.  So now I have one and I have supported a well good cause too.
Does it work? It certainly does but I don't think I'll be using it to make my next skirt, I think I'll just sit and admire it.


  1. Lovely! I do actually prefer the look of the higher waist and the binding on the dress is definitely worth it. I've still not made my skirt with the fabric I bought when we were in Great Missenden.

  2. How did I miss this post?!? I have become a very lax blogger and reader - the skirts are lovely, as is the dress - and I have never been one to ignore fabric that could be possibly be intended for children - hence my 'Toy Story' skirt!


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