You could almost mistake me for Gertie, non?
Here I am in the skirt made from some stretch taffeta gingham bought in the summer sale from John Lewis. Along with the free skirt tutorial courtesy of Gertie, I reckon this new item cost me about £9. Result! I’m also pleased that this provides me with an opportunity to wear the purple leather belt that my sister bought me for Christmas. Double result!
I wore the skirt during a day’s hard work at the Royal Festival Hall today. I snapped a quick photo in their art deco-esque toilets:
Look at the sheen on that gingham!
I love the sheen. It’s subtle enough to wear as daywear, but interesting enough to give a novel twist to a classic gingham. Here’s another close up of the shiny-shiny beauty:
Shiny, Happy Fabric
Gertie’s pattern is great for beginners (although the zip attachment is a bit, erm, basic) and it perfectly suits taffeta. But hey – you all probably know that already.
I’ve not just been sewing, I’ve been reading about sewing. Further to advice from Stitchywitch, I bought a copy of ‘Fast Fit – Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure’. I discovered with my three versions of the Simplicity 2591 dress that I seem to have an issue with my upper chest. As soon as the book arrived, I feverishly turned to the page entitled ‘Narrow Upper Chest’. The first words in the first line of text began thus:
‘As we age…’
Once I’d calmed down and picked the book back up from where I’d hurled it across the room, I discovered that this woman actually talks a lot of sense. My previous adjustments to the bodice didn’t quite work because I adjusted above the armhole, whereas I should have sliced and spread the bodice piece below the armhole to narrow the upper chest section. I am actually looking forward to further bodice adjustments now, because I really want to see if this technique works. Thanks for the tip, Stitchywitch!
Sandra – the woman who tells me my upper chest is getting old.
PS Have you heard that it’s Knit Camp in the UK next week? They’re having a ceilidh, and everything!