Dear me it’s really been too long since I last posted something. Though that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting still without crafting. As the weather seemed to have skipped winter I’ve already started on my summer wardrobe.
For christmas I received the ‘Colette sewing handbook’, I would recommend it to anyone starting dressmaking. It is loaded with instructions, tips and tricks on dressmaking, from reading a pattern, altering to techniques and 5 lovely patterns to put what you’ve learned into practice. I started at the very beginning with the first item: the meringue skirt. Now I’m usually one for wide layered skirts and this one was a lot more figure hugging.
I soon found out accurate measuring is extra important, the first test version was an inch too small so I couldn’t close it. I thought I could solve this by cutting the final fabric just a little wider than the pattern I’d cut. Though I was a bit too scared it wouldn’t fit so the final result was way too big. Fortunately that’s easier solved than adding fabric. The skirt is still hanging lower than I would normally wear -I like to have it high waisted, but this is more hip height- but that’s just the pattern.
For the fabric I used a vintage pillowcase, love the combination of stripes and flowers and the pastel colours. The pattern didn’t have lining but because I didn’t want the risk of a see through skirt I added white silky lining, which also keeps the skirt in perfect shape.