Jenny Grows Up

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.

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5 Responses to Jenny Grows Up

  1. Karin says:

    Another cute Jenny skirt! I have never sewed myself a pencil skirt, but I did sew my daughter a cute little Oliver + S skirt that had a vented slit in the back. They suggested that you fuse a small piece of interfacing where the slit begins to help strengthen the seam.

    As for your scraps, when I have simple cotton scraps suitable for quilting. I cut them up into 6’x6′ squares and set them aside in a shoe box. When I have enough I will use them for a scrap quilt. Anything not big enough to turn into a 6’x6′ square I don’t feel guilty to throw away.

  2. Ooh, yes – quilting! Why do I always need someone else to point out the obvious? Great idea. That fabric would look fab as a quilting square. But now you’ve made me remember the recently-published book, ‘The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making’ by Jane Brocket. I’ve been trying to avoid buying it, despite the rave reviews it’s receiving on Amazon…

  3. So darling and so versatile! I love the fabric choice. The skirt is smashing on you! And as for invisible zips, its definitely not worth a new machine in my opinion. I have a new machine with an invisible zipper attachment and I’ve never had great luck with them. Lapped and handpicked are definitely the way to go. Promise.

    I have so many scraps too! Flowers are always fun and flirty! And quilting is definitely a great idea!

  4. Rachael says:

    Faaabulous skirt! Love the fabric. Hrrmm…. would you believe I’ve never made a skirt with a split!! I’d just sew at right angles to the seam. I don’t think that’s the way you’re supposed to do it… but it’ll look fine if you do it neatly.

  5. My mum was a sewer, I remember the interfacing to strengthen the split as well and double stitch the seam and a goof reverse stitch at the crucial point. But your triangle sounds neater than anything I’ve ever done…I’ve been reading your blog for 2 days tonight I realised I should actually do some instead of just reading about it. Finding the balance is so hard, torn between the two and all…

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