So I promised to tell you about a few things I have made.
First up was the “Study Hall Skirt” by Anna Maria Horner
This was the first garment I had sewn for a very long time. Living on the outer edge of Suffolk (and indeed England) fabric shops are a bit hard to come by but I managed to get some quilting fabric. The shop only had four or five different fabrics so I had to take what was available. The pattern calls for a contrast fabric to be used on the inner pleats but I thought that would be too much so I just used the contrast on the hem edge.
OK the good bits: The pattern instructions were easy to follow and I managed to put the skirt together well including the invisible zip. For an absolute novice I guess this isn’t bad going.
The bad bits: Well the quilting fabric is too stiff for the skirt and as a result it sticks out after you’ve sat down. The waistband is higher than I expected; I would have preferred it to sit a little lower than it does. The instructions for finishing the seams said to use a zig-zag stitch which to my eye just looks untidy
The ugly: Well you can see – the pattern is just too loud and the contrast doesn’t really go with the main fabric.
This one will stay in the cupboard until I get around to throwing it out!
Second up was this dress
Sorry about the dodgy photo.
I made this at a Make Lounge course. The course itself was very basic (probably a bit too basic) but it gave me confidence and I did learn how to apply bias binding trims to edges.
The good bits: I love the fabric and the style is so easy to wear. It’s much more girly than I would normally wear but occasionally that’s good. The green doesn’t look too horrific with my extraordinarily pale skin (always a problem with sleeveless garments).
So all good, no bad and no ugly this time.