Thursday 1 November 2012

my creative space - numero dos

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There are a few patterns in my stash that I've bought to make clothes with. I have the fabric for them too but something is stopping me from starting. I'm inclined to overthink projects sometimes, which is good in some ways, and not in others. Are you the same?

Anyway, so I thought I would warm up with another version (numero dos!) of the Barcelona skirt that I made back here. I thought that by sewing a pattern I'd made previously I would be ready to take on something more challenging! This simple black bitsy print is a large thrifted piece so I could afford to make mistakes.

Of course then after laying out the fabric and pattern, and despite recent organisation of all crafty stuffs, and labelling of drawers and boxes no less, do you think I could find the pattern instructions? No!! AAAgh. Despite searching everywhere they are nowhere to be found so in the end I had to wing it.

Which was probably good for my sewing skills because it made me think about each process. I had another false start when I cut the wrong size, but I had enough of this thrifted material to get around that and hadn't but the lining yet. Good news is that I'm happy with the size I made, which is often part of the battle as I never seem to conform to the measurements on the bag of the envelope.

Again I've used vintage sheet lining. I'm very happy with that. A hidden detail that puts a smile on my face each time I wear the skirts.

And despite resisting the lining the first time, I love the way it makes the skirt hang and fit, and makes this simple A line pattern a winner. Excuse the bad modelling shots, I'm not sure how everyone else manages them but mine are always a bit crap. But I do like to see things on so here they are! Here's a shot of my lovely vintage beads to distract.

More Creative Spaces, and less false starts I'm sure, over here.


  1. I would think the vintage sheet lining would have a lovely feel to it as well as adding snuggling up in soft sheets really!

  2. It looks great, I love the lining! I often hang on to patterns for ages before making them too...I just found one in my stash that I bought back in 2002 - I reckon I'll make it up one day :)

  3. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has a few hiccups along the way, Suze. I'll be that skirt feels as good on as it looks. x

  4. I am dreadful when it comes to sewing for me - patterns and plans galore, but making myself actually do them is hard!
    This skirt is really cute - love the lining :-)

  5. A great little skirt ans I love the lining! I like having hidden details that make one smile... always a lovely touch :)

  6. Looks great Susie! Sits beautifully well - a sewing triumph I'd say. :-)

  7. Great job! And lovely fabric. I don't know about the photos either - I have a whole bunch of knitted things to show off, I just can't face the many many photos I'll have to take. I wonder if other people have someone else take the pics for them?


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