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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I've got skirts, they're multiplying


I thought I would join in with the Sewcialists' October sewalong theme - Grease is the Word!  I didn't want to make a costume though - mainly because I am in the midst of persuading my friend to dress up with me for a 'Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music' show next year - and my head is full of dirndls and lederhosen!

I decided instead to try and give an old pattern a modern twist.  I really wanted to make the bolero jacket from the sixties reprint BurdaStyle 7113.  (View B in the picture below.)


The dress, however, not so much.   Maybe another time when I have copious amounts of time to try and fit this style of dress to my pear shaped body.  I didn't fancy a pencil skirt either - although this would have made sense given the Grease theme.  In the end I made another copy of the BurdaStyle skirt I used for my recent cars skirt.  I had a tiny bit of black flannel left over from my sixties check dress that I wanted to use and there was only enough for a mini.  So decision made.

I tried out Hong Kong seam finishes for the first time.  Found out they are quite addictive.  Also found out I had a sewing foot I could use to more accurately stitch in the ditch.  Who knew!


The reason I wanted to make another of these skirts is my love of the contrasting pocket panel.  This time I used some leftover spotty fabric.  I've still got loads of this fabric left so I may well make another bolero in it so I can mix and match.


The bonus is that now I have something I can wear to an upcoming girls night.  Naturally I did consider skin tight shiny lycra a la Sandy but thought I put my friends through enough as it is! :)

6 comments:

  1. Such a cool skirt. Those finished seams are divine.

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    1. Thank you. They are my new favourite seam finish!

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  2. Thank you, I now have that song in my head! Those seams are sooo neat and I do love a feature pocket.

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    1. Oooh oooh ooooooh! I was so close to making an all black outfit but the patterned fabric was calling to me! :)

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  3. After all my years of sewing I've never come across a Hong Kong seam! Too many house moves has meant I've mislaid the instructions for my sewing machine so I have no idea what all the feet are for - I have to guess which is the one for putting in invisible zips!

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    1. I think this 'stitch in the ditch' foot is meant for blind hemming - but I could be wrong!

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