I thought this was a wadder.
Now, this is interesting. Reasons to make new sewing friends? They convince you not to give up. I was telling Nancy about this skirt and how it had been a disaster. I’d trimmed three inches off the length and immediately regretted it. ‘It’s too short!’ I’d wail to anyone who’d listen. ‘I’ve ruined it.’
But Nancy wasn’t prepared to accept defeat on my behalf. ‘Are you sure?’ she asked. ‘Try it again.’ And you know what? When I put it together with woollen tights instead of my bare, pink, pig trotter legs it looked absolutely fine. More than fine. I liked it.
So this is my first make from the Vogue V8363. It has a cute side slit, which would be even cuter and more dramatic if I hadn’t sliced three inches off its depth. Lesson learned? When you make a toile, do pay attention to the final length of your garment. If I’d thought ahead, I’d have adjusted the position of the side split at the cutting out stage. As it is, now I only have half a side slit:
Are those self covered buttons?
Yes, they are, readers! My first attempt. And guess what? These are laughably easy to make. I bought the kit from Liberty. It came to about £5 for the mould and for some metal shank buttons. Here’s a close up of the covered buttons against the gorgeous lining I inserted:
I hand picked my lapped zipper. I’m getting quite comfortable with this process now, although hand stitching against that herringbone? I could barely see what I was doing.
I’m very excited that our sewing tutor is going to show us how to insert an invisible zipper. I never have been able to do that well. Really one of the techniques I just need someone to show me.
The only other thing I can think of to tell you about this skirt is that it has double darts – two on each hip and two on each back panel – so four darts in total shaping this baby around your waist. A tiny bit more time consuming, but it does make for a great shape.
The belt, you ask? Sewing has drastically undercut any pleasure I may once have gained from the January sales.
‘Could make that.’
‘Could make that, too.’
‘Could definitely make that for half the price even when it is 50 per cent off.’
Oh god, I’m turning into someone’s mother.
But for a really great accessory? Still can’t beat a sale. I wanted a belt to go with the first make of the Cynthia Rowley 2472. I didn’t find one, but it did lead to lots of research at the high end of the high street. Conclusions? Yeah, a lot of places have lovely belts in the sale – but down from £60 to £40? That’s still a lot of money. For a true bargain, hotfoot it to Banana Republic. This belt was £50 down to a tenner, and it’s gorgeous. Sewing has taught me the worth of a truly great belt. This one will see a lot of use.