Hi! Welcome to the blogging world of me, Bec. Thanks for dropping by and seeing what I get up to.
I live in a beachside suburb of Sydney and I am a bit obsessed with sewing.
In my endless pursuit to pull together the perfect work wardrobe I gave another Leanne Marshall for Simplicity sewing pattern a go a few months ago – pattern number 1690. I watched Leanne when she was on Project Runway and loved her work. What she did with fabric – all pleats and lovely flow-iness won me over. This pattern had a dress, top and skirt but I opted to do the top and skirt. I had a Liberty of London silk satin in my stash that I had bought 3 years ago. Boy does time fly when you date fabric purchases! I also was reluctant to cut into it as it’s another stunning Liberty fabric. The fabric had cherry reds in it so I thought a plain red skirt would be the way to go. I’m a bit sick of always wearing black skirts with patterned tops. A trip to Melbourne last year led me to a store that sells ex Alannah Hill fabrics, so I picked up a red wool crepe for a steal there for the skirt.
On the other hand, the skirt was a bit more work….and lots of layers of fabric! My word of advice with this skirt is that you can only make it with lightweight fabrics as some areas of the skirt you are sewing through 5-6 layers of fabric, a lot! The wool crepe I used was a bit too thick and made it a bit too ‘boofy’. I also lengthened the skirt by about an inch as I was a bit worried it would be too short for work. The instructions were pretty easy to follow and the key to making it a success is spending time on getting even gathering in the skirt. Because of the thickness of the fabric, especially around the waistband an invisible zipper wouldn't agree with the skirt so I opted for a traditional zipper. I do so many invisible zippers these days I am pretty rubbish with the traditional ones now.