I’ve been busy sewing away but have had a few dud makes unfortunately.

  • A pair of pants that I chose the wrong fabric for so it doesn’t fit very well.
  • A dress that looks great but the fit is a little off in the back.
  • A pair of culottes that actually fits nicely but looks a little funny around the waist.
  • Another dress that somehow looks like a nightie on me!

So I’ve been feeling a little discouraged with my sewing but I’ve been soldiering on because the more you sew the better you get! Right?!

I don’t have many skirts so I thought I should make another skirt to add to my wardrobe. I found a free tutorial to make a paneled skirt by Fabrics Store. At the Potter & Co big fabric sale back in March I bought a beautiful pink and white striped linen that is oh so soft and drapey that would be perfect as a skirt. I thought changing the direction of the stripes in the panels of the skirt would create a subtle point of interest.

When I was cutting up the pattern pieces I realised that this linen fabric was really shifty!! I think I cut some of the pieces a little wonky and not on grain but it doesn’t seem to have affected the skirt too much. The fabric also has a pretty loose weave so it was fraying all over the place! Lots of zig zag stitching to keep that in check.

I changed a few things from the original pattern:

  • I added pockets to the side seams
  • I added lining because the fabric is very sheer
  • I changed the waistband a little. I kept the 3 channels of elastic but instead of keeping one end open and closing it with hand stitching I sewed the waistband on as one piece and kept a section open in the seam where it attaches to the skirt. I also folded the bottom hem of the waistband into itself and stitched in the ditch to attach it. Does that even make sense?? I am terrible at explaining things!
  • Also had to lengthen the skirt by about 10cm and lengthened the waistband by about 5cm when I realised the band is cut at the same width as my hips!

Ta-da! Here is the finished skirt!

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It’s pretty hard to see the panels but I don’t mind, I think it still looks pretty! The elastic waistband came out soooo comfy! I’ve made a couple other elastic waistbanded items and they have all used wider elastic and it’s not as comfortable as using multiple thinner elastics. Something to remember in the future!
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Do you love my coat? I love it so much, I wish I could say I had made it! I bought it a few years ago from Bobo Choses, a Spanish fashion brand that mostly makes children’s clothing. The print and colours remind me of Japan and Finland. It’s quilted which I love, I’ve been obsessed with quilted jackets/coats for the past few years. I’d love to make my own one day.
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Here’s a close up of my adorable brooch! My husband bought it for me from Fragola, a designer in Japan. It’s amazing how much it looks like a real iced cookie! It looks a lot like Panko doesn’t it?
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And one more photo – I knitted this headband myself! I’ve been trying to teach myself how to knit and so far I have only mastered the knit stitch. I made this a month ago so I’ve probably forgotten how to knit now! I’m quite proud of my headband, it’s just a long rectangle sewn together and then the middle pinched and sewn but I think it looks really cute and it keeps my head warm. One day I will be able to knit jumpers and other fancy things!

Look forward to more sewing adventures! I have a pinafore dress that just needs buckles to finish, a pair of overalls that I’m struggling to get the right fit (I think I have a really long back because it is giving me the biggest wedgie!), and a shirt dress that is waiting to be cut out.

Posted by:Niina Aoki

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