Hi, gang, I’m back! A busy couple of days meant that I didn’t have time to finish my second version of the Jenny skirt, but now here it is:
Did you make me, Karen? Yes, skirt, I did.
I’m really pleased with this. It’s another great fit, though I used up every last scrap of fabric. Here’s the last bit left:
Inspiration fails. No idea what I could use this scrap for.
I did a much better job of hand sewing on this, thanks to advice from StitchyWitch, already documented here. I also made my first ever lapped zipper insertion and I do love it. It’s much better than my attempts at invisible stitching. (I am beginning to wonder if my poor craft with invisible zips is because I don’t have the original zipper foot that came with my machine, which leads me to wonder if I should buy a new machine, which is a whole other blog post!)
So, marching ever onwards, what should my next sewing project be? I’d like to have another go at the Sencha blouse, sans snappers and with a roomier neckline. I’ve also ordered the pattern for Simplicity 2591 after seeing a wonderful version of the dress at The Sew Weekly. I adore the neckline and I love a dress with pockets. It’s quick and easy – apparently. Though I’ll probably make it slow and arduous. But what’s not to like about this pattern? And if I make a summer dress, our truculent British sunshine might actually come back to play.
Finally, in other news: for all lovers of Etsy (and I know you’re out there in droves!) I came across this newspaper article in one of the British broadsheets. Watch out, fellow crafters, our web secret is being exposed. Soon people who have no idea what a pressing ham or a vintage pattern are will be buying up everyone’s stock as birthday presents. I guess it was inevitable. Sooner or later, the wider world would wake up to what we have already known for years. To paraphrase a famous football quote (well, it is the world cup), ‘Handmade isn’t a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that.’ I leave you with that slightly rambling thought and a final photo. Enjoy!
What are you looking at Karen?
Shush! Don’t make me laugh.
Update: I’d love to know if any of you have thoughts about reinforcing the top of the split in a pencil skirt? I sewed a tiny triangle device at the top of the split to prevent it tearing, but are there better ways of managing this issue? I know there’s a wealth of knowledge out there.