Recall when I played Email Russian Roulette and lost? The Jacqmar scarf with the badly-repaired rolled hem?
Then I invested in a new pattern and some denim fabric:
And cut out the pattern:
No cutting table for me, just the sofa.
I cut out the denim today. It was immediately clear that the special bias binding details on this skirt would be way too much if I used denim bias tape too. Sew through five layers of denim? No, thank you! I needed something much lighter. Much, much lighter. Cloud soft, marshmallow light, soft as silk. Silk… Mmmm, silk… I remembered the Jacqmar scarf. Couldda, wouldda, shouldda? Didda! I went and grabbed that scarf and lunged with my pinking shears. And whilst I was cutting out, I remembered the skirt’s pockets:
Pocket detail. What do you think?
Whilst I was rocking the revolutionary, I decided to throw caution to the wind and attempt my first ever flat felled seam. It’s not perfect, but it’s mine:
Curvy Flat Felled Seam
That’s the same denim in both photos, believe it or not. One snapped outdoors, one beneath an energy saving lightbulb (urgh! I hate them).
So, lots that’s been achieved. Lots still to do. Lots that could still go wrong. I’m braced for things going wrong. I haven’t done a muslim and the fitting could be way out. I may fail at inserting a zip. That denim is meant to be a nightmare to gather. But I’m having a go and having fun at the same time. I must say, this pattern provides a great combination of discipline and creativity – you really have to think about fabric choices and contrast bias tapes. It’s been one of those patterns that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and dreaming about. (Do you dream about your sewing? I do, a lot.)
So, let’s see what happens next. It could be fabulous or disaster. Time will tell.