Beignet + Pendrell = Heaven
After several early sewing-devoted mornings and a full day of busy activity yesterday, I spent the evening hand sewing the last of 11 buttons onto my second make of the Beignet skirt. Phew, I thought, walking past the empty curry trays on the dining table. Done! Let’s go and try it on.
Lesson number 475 of the Home Sewist: don’t try on a new FO after stuffing your face with curry, nan bread, pilau rice, poppadoms and kalipare squid. (It had been a big day, okay?!)
I came downstairs and announced that the new skirt didn’t fit. I was curiously philosophical on this turn of events and settled down to some knitting:
This morning I got up and tried the skirt on again. It fit! Though it’s definitely going to be my ‘Am I putting on weight?’ skirt that I slip into intermittently to see of the lard is growing. We all have one of these, right? If I can still get into it, all’s good with the world. If I can’t – duck!
The fitting issues are my own fault. I decided to use a generous seam allowance on this make, because my Fields of Gold skirt is a bit roomy. But with six seams running down this skirt, a generous seam allowance can really add up. I’ve got away with it by the skin of my teeth.
Here’s that screaming orange lining, bought at Goldhawk Road:
And one of my labels:
Here are the buttons, bought from Walthamstow market:
And, finally, here’s a poppy from my garden:
If I had my time again, I’d make this version out of gabardine rather than cotton sateen. I don’t think the cotton is quite sturdy enough.
What next? I hope to finish my toile of the B5605 dress this week. Hope? I’ve been instructed to by my tutor! I also want to start a toile of the Simplicity 3688 trousers. There’s going to be a lot of calico Chez Karen.
Happy Sundays everyone!