I can’t believe how wonderful it feels to have spent time in my new sewing room. I was so thoroughly enjoying it and it was a shame that I had to come out and live my other life too (not that I don’t enjoy my other life, but the world of sewing is so therapeutic and I can’t get enough of it). I’m happy to say that I think I’m back to stay, although my daughter has mentioned that she would like to come home for 3 weeks at the end of June… does this mean that I have to pack all my sewing away during that time to make room for her bed? Surely she’ll be OK with sleeping under the ironing board!! LOL
Yesterday I whipped up another skirt using my skirt block as a basis and you’ll notice that this skirt isn’t a pencil skirt… it’s an A-line skirt and it’s made with 7 gores. In hind sight, I should have made it an 8 gore skirt but chose to place the centre front panel on a fold.
I don’t really have time today to explain how I used my skirt block to create this simple pattern but for those that are interested, I will sit down during the next week and show the workings so you can also start creating various skirt patterns. Please let me know if it interests you to see the workings for this pattern. For now I will just show you a few photos so you know that I’m definitely back into the swing of my sewing and I’m loving it so much.
The fabric I used is a wool blend and it was so easy to work with – I think I really like sewing winter clothes because they have more bulk and are not as slippery or flimsy to work with.
And believe it or not I actually enjoyed sewing in the lapped zipper and OMG, isn’t Steam-a-Seam such a wonderful product??!! How did I survive all these years of sewing without that incredible tool in my kit? It worked so well in holding the zipper in the correct place without the use of pins that tend to distort the accuracy. Absolutely loved it and am so pleased with the end result.
Oh, and did I mention that the skirt is fully lined in red Bemsilk lining??? I LOVE that touch too! So racy in an otherwise boring skirt. Boring or not, I love the skirt and know that I will get plenty of use out of it during the cooler months to come. It’s warm and the fit is perfect, although I would probably make it slightly shorter next time.
So who has had an attempt at creating their own skirt block using my spreadsheets? Seriously, it only takes about 20 minutes to do and then once you’re happy with the block’s fit, you can start designing other skirts. I’d love to hear any feedback on the spreadsheets and if you’re confused or have any questions, please don’t be shy. There’s no such thing as a silly question! (remember learning that at school??) LOL
Happy sewing everyone! I’m off to clean my house!