Tuesday, 20 March 2012

All things bright and beautiful

Hello friends,

Well, I made me another skirt on Saturday - only cos I have been dreaming about it for some time (you know the usual outfit combos etc in my mind!). I am so so happy with the finished result I cant tell you.

I wanted to share yesterday but had an AWFUL day so didn't - I put on my happy new skirt - felt super dooper cheery, walked to my van and found it vandalised. Everything that could have been ripped off literally WAS ripped off, wing mirrors, windscreen wipers etc. GUTTED is not the word. Everything is so expensive as my van is a Japanese import so I dread to think what waking up yesterday cost me.

Oh well, its lucky I have a sense of humour (I get that from my Ma thank god) and today I tried the skirt on again and everything is OK   :-)

So, its Frankenstein skirt v3. I felt that the brown skirt could still have done with a little shaved off the hips, so rather than get my ruler out I eyeballed how much to take off and the gamble paid off. This skirt fits like a dream ! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

OMG I photograph BADLY
The skirt scrubs up pretty darn good though !

thats right
look away
the camera is not your friend
the skirt however.......
I inserted the zipper using my new favourite way of doing so (by hand as you have lots more control and can barely see the end result).

Hot Dang ! I love this method
See how it is almost invisible !

I catch stitched the hem (for a change as I am fine seeing stitches on a plain, but not a bold pattern), and waistband.

I have omitted the lace interior seam finish as I dont have any light coloured lace right now, but I will rectify that.

Er  - I cant blinking believe
that I sewed this !

I serged the inside seams, and I used brown thread to do so as I could not be bothered to change it ! You cant see it through the skirt so its fine.

I know
very lazy
this sometime seamstress was getting short
I used furnishing fabric which suites the shape of the skirt well but I still think I may shave a little more from the pattern for my next reincarnation.

I know how much fabric I need now too - all this time I have been buying shedloads (like 2.5 meters ! in some instances-oh well), and actually to make this skirt I only need like half of 1.6 m, whatever that is ;-))
( I know this as a bought a remnant 1.6 m, 135 cm wide, for £10 - that floral fabric I showed in my last post - and I can get 2 skirts out of it ! )
Now that I have noted the fabric required I need never buy too much fabric ever again (as if that's actually going to happen HA !)

I underlined the furnishing fabric with cotton sheeting. I'll let you into a secret. I was going to use white cotton voile but that shit was £5.99 p/m and 130 ish cm wide.

I bought cotton sheeting fabric for £3.00 p/m and almost twice as wide. Damn at the shop they tried to talk me out of it saying the voile would be better blah blah blah (which was disappointing as I LOVE that shop), but I stuck to my guns and I am so glad I did. I got extra fabric, absolutely PERFECT for lining !!

I have almost enough skirts now from this pattern to join in the ' One Week One Pattern ' over at Tilly's place ! That is what I call exciting !

Please excuse the photos as I been wearing the skirt the last 2 days - I just asked Mr P to snap a few pics real quick to share.

Hope you are all having a wonderful, uneventful week !

K xxx


  1. You're right: it's both bright AND beautiful!! Love it!

    So sorry about your van. Why do people do things like that? :-(

    1. I know ! :-(( I could not believe it, I just wouldn't even dream about behaving that way. Its vile. Oh well it happened and at least I got to cheer myself up with a bit of loud and cheerful floral ! Every cloud. xx

  2. It's adorable!! My serger thread is white-and pretty much stays that way, why bother?
    And your van, will your insurance pay?

    1. Thanks Jill ! I am madly in love with it. So nice to say to people I made it too ! Ha !
      I did think about using the insurance, but you know what it will probably make it more expensive in the long run, so I dont think I will bother :-( Gutted not just cos of the money but with the violence that some people are capable of displaying, metal was torn from the camper with gay abandon.
      At least I have beautiful fabrics and dreams of my next project to keep me cheery. :-) xx

  3. Kirsty it's absolutely luscious, and the jasmine in your last post is gorgeous too. I'm a bit nervous about the Jasmine, being what you might call curvy. Sorry to hear about your van, it's horrible to think that there are people really like that. Perhaps Jackie could whip something up to help you get your mellow back!

    1. Hi Gaylene, thanks for stopping by :-) I love this skirt, I have to say. I have worn it almost non stop since it was created and I cry when I have to take it off ! ha ! Crazy re the van, but she is almost better now. I have a WHOLE RAFT of Jackies cakes to share with you and when I get home I shall post up some pics for you, there are some stunners ! I prtty much have my mellow back now :-) xx

    2. ooo by the way - as you can see i am somewhat curvy, andthe Jasmien pattern was fine on me - in fact a little too big ! The bias means it has a little extra ease - I definately reckon you should give it a go, and then share with us !! xx

  4. It's great, and lined! Now I've seen that I know it's spring!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by ! Its a skirt for sure, and I have had a few smiles flashed when I wear it. It makes others happy as well as me ! Yay ! xx

  5. OH NO! I'm so sorry about your van-- I just don't understand why people do things like that. :(

    I'm glad your skirt turned out so beautifully-- you look great!

  6. Beautiful! I love the print you chose! And your photo is lovely, too! :-)

    1. Thank you for your comment. I well love the fabric, its for furnishing ! I think I prefer the design of furnishing fabrics to dressmaking fabrics, they seem a little more sturdy too. Thanks for the ego stroke re the photo :-) xx

  7. You did a beautiful job on this! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment ! I am very pleased with this skirt, the construction of it as well as the actual style/fabric. Thank you for having us over at your place ! See you sooooooon xx

  8. Thanks Ginger ! Gutted re the van but super happy re the skirt ! Every cloud ! I cant tell you how much i love this style on me and am going to make up 2 more at the weekend. hmmmm is is wrong to end up with like 15 skirts all from the same pattern (or at least variations of !) xx

  9. What a fun springy skirt! And your hand stitching is excellent. :)

    1. Thank you ! I love this skirt so so much, I feel pleased as punch every time I wear it. I must admit (like yourself !) I love a pretty interior :-) And, you know what I don't find hand sewing a chore, in fact I rather like it, its quite relaxing. Thank you for stopping by xx

  10. This is so pretty... I love the shape and colours on you !

    1. Thank you ! (for both the lovely comment and for stopping by!) :-) I must admit, I thought I could love nothing as much as I love this skirt, it screams happiness to me - but it seems I was wrong ! I am besotted with my latest version and will be sharing some pics (once I can get around to taking some !) Is it wrong to want more skirts of the same pattern, just with crazy happy fabrics ?! xx