I made a skirt! No pattern was involved, it’s just made up using some old (but lovely) orange (my new favourite colour) wool, tweed fabric (£1.50, Oxfam), a bit of spare lining, a recycled zip and some petersham ribbon (£3.99 for a huge roll, Oxfam) and it came together surprisingly well. I cut the fabric pieces slightly shaped at the top to create ‘hips’ and with a little to-ing and fro-ing gradually got the darts in just the right place to create a good fit.
I finished the seams with the overlocker, inserted the invisible zip, made the lining, then turned over the waistband and used the petersham ribbon as a facing. I hand stitched the hem (so neat) and, bingo, I have a new wearable, warm and ultra useful skirt!
To be honest, I really enjoyed this simple, ‘make it up as you go along’ game. It reminded me of my early sewing ventures when I thought I could free wheel to success (but actually the ride was better than the end result!), no rules and any mistakes quickly taken on board and hopefully not repeated. I’ve worn this skirt loads over the last couple of weeks so I’d call that a success and I love it!
By the way, you might like to know that the Great British Sewing Bee book is in W H Smith for a bargain price of £7.99, in case like me, you didn’t get it the first time round. It’s lovely and you can look at
Patrick the pretty pictures for hours on end while you wait for the new series to start!
Have a lovely weekend!