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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (22nd August 2013)

by Clare Mansell
Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (22nd August 2013)

So…. I finally finished the summer skirt I started making about a month ago! Or rather I finished making the skirt and finally got round to photographing it! If you remember this is the skirt I got a bit cross with and I’d like to explain why, because despite appearances this skirt is far from perfect…

My first lesson was that gathered elastic waist skirts are not super-flattering on anyone above the age of 10, and that is doubly the case if you use (as directed in the tutorial) twice the width of fabric you need for the back panel and then gather in using nothing but elastic. This is kind of obvious now I write it down, and that’s why I was kicking myself so much! I’d advise anyone thinking of using the tutorial (or a similar one) to use 1.5 times tops.

Also of note is that gathered elastic waist skirts are really really unflattering on adults when they go below the knee, as they tend to balloon out at the hips, which is why this one ended up a little shorter than I usually wear. I did consider remaking it completely, but with summer rapidly disappearing, I thought there was a real danger my motivation to complete it would dwindle. So it is was it is, wearable, but not the most flattering item in my wardrobe. As always though, a sewing project is never a wasted experience, many lessons have been learned.

And so it is time to move on to new projects! I am trying hard not to buy new fabric, but it is not easy! Particularly as I think I’ve fallen a little bit in love with the Camp Sur fabric range from Birch…

This would make such a good boy’s quilt and I’ve just finished one for Theo. I have no excuses to buy it – Help!

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Nancy August 22, 2013 - 1:14 am

Very Canadian choice of fabrics with a touch of retro… Medicine Hat must have had an effect!

Diane-crewe August 22, 2013 - 7:02 am

loving the fabric xx try to love the skirt xx it will be ok to stick on wile you are at home doing the house work xx lol x

pennydog August 22, 2013 - 8:42 am

I really love Camp Sur too so I can’t tell you not to buy it, sorry! 😀 Beautiful photos too.

pennydog August 22, 2013 - 8:42 am

I love Camp Sur too so I can’t tell you not to buy it! 😀 Fab pictures too.

Caroline August 22, 2013 - 5:54 pm

I love your skirt. I think I’ve ltos all enthusiasm for summer clothes but maybe this is the inspriation I need!


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