Earlier in the year, I added a new goal to The List:
089. Make three items of clothing from patterns
As I explained before, the idea was to challenge myself to put more effort into sewing, as usually I'm very lazy, and avoid patterns if I can help it.
After making a dress for winter using a pattern from Burda Style magazine, I intended to use some of the remaining fabric to make a skirt from the same issue.
Now autumn has arrived, I finally made that skirt! (It's only taken me nine months to get around to it!)
The pattern is from Burda Style issue 01/2015, style 109:
As with the dress I made previously, this skirt was presented in two 'views' - one in multiple colours, as shown above, and one entirely in white.
I was inspired to make one using patterned and plain fabrics:
- Thick paisley cotton left over from making the dress (purchased at a charity shop).
- Liberty fabric. Possibly left over from somebody's interiors project (also charity shop).
- Red suit (I think) fabric, left over from a project so old I no longer own those trousers. (Tip: triple-check how much fabric you need, else you end up with masses left over!)
Despite my goal being to stick to the patterns, I did make some tiny changes:
1. Lengthened patternThe original was too short! Also, the Liberty fabric I used was a skirt I'd made previously (and never wore). So I used the length of that as a guide!2. Different fabricIn the view I was inspired by, the magazine had used suede. I used what I already had.3. Adjusted the waist. Massively.I will always have to adjust the hell out of garments I sew, because the bust-waist-hip ratio in pattern sizing never matches my body!
4. Different zip placement
The zip was in a weird place on the magazine's version, and the skirt I was cutting up had a zip at the back centre, so I used it!
1 day. I'm rather impressed with myself for that!
1. The fabricsI love patterns, and I love reds. This skirt combines the two2. CoordinationIt goes with other stuff in my wardrobe! Including the green waistcoat I never wore because nothing matched it! Yay!3. Waistband interfacingI have never heard of this stuff until now. It's amazing. The waistband turned out so neat!4. Two down, one to goOnly one more garment to sew from a pattern before I've completed this goal!
I have no idea what will come next. A skirt? A dress? Trousers? A top of some kind? Maybe by next autumn I'll have made it!