Monday, 28 October 2013

Another Skirt

 I made another Everyday Skirt this weekend.  This one is grey chambray.  I took these pictures after I wore it for a few hours so it is a LITTLE wrinkled.  This fabric makes the skirt very practical and easy to pair with tops and boots.  As you can see, my foster dog (who will soon be our forever dog since we have been fostering her for over a year and no one has applied to adopt her) stayed about a foot away from me for all the pictures.  That is pretty much how it goes all day around here.  She has attached herself to me pretty well!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Liesl + Co Everyday Skirt

I had a feeling I was going to like this skirt when I saw the Liesl + Co Everyday Skirt pattern.  I tend to buy fitted skirts because I feel like full skirts add too much bulk to my hips but the way this pattern is constructed prevents that.  There is gathering in the front (attached to a flat waistband) and gathering in the back (with elastic so no closures are needed), but the side panels are flat.  Also, there are pockets and I love pockets!  I was determined not to buy new fabric until I knew if I liked the pattern so I made my first version from this quilting cotton I had in my stash.  I think the print and color say "fall".  

 The side view.  See the pockets and the flat front waistband?
 And then my hair elastic fell out so I called it quits.
I am definitely making more skirts with this pattern.  I have some charcoal chambray on the way and I am hoping to make one in lightweight cord as well.  I made the medium this first time but I might try the small next time.  I had to gather the elastic quite a bit in the back and with cord, I don't want it to end up too bulky.  If you are looking to start sewing some wardrobe basics for yourself, I recommend giving this one a try.   If you have sewn a few simple projects and you are relatively comfortable with your machine, you will have no trouble with the directions.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bimaa Sweater

I bought the Sew Fab epattern bundle and here are my first two Bimaa Sweaters.  The pink is a size 5 in a lightweight jersey blend.  The blue is a size 5 too sort of.  I accidentally cut it in a size 5 instead of the 3 I intended.  It turned out to be a good thing since the fabric is not super stretchy and if I had made it in the 3, I don't think she would have been able to get it on.  I realized my error the second I finished cutting and so I simply shortened the sleeves and the body.  It came out just how I wanted!  I love the pattern.  I will be making a few more of these - I actually have a dress in mind based off of this.  THe rest of the bundle is pretty great also - a purchase that will get a lot of use.