Another little Simplicity 2451 to show you, this time in some pink wool from a Summertown charity shop …
There was only about a metre of this fabric, but a treasured find all the same. It came in a polythene bag along with it’s matching lining and I didn’t dare open it until I got home. No moth holes or marks and good as new (apart from the slight “I’ve been hiding in a cupboard for many years” smell that vanished with it’s first hand wash). I wonder who originally bought this and what they’d planned to do with it.
Having already made this pattern up once, I felt quite confident that this would work for me. It sewed up in an afternoon, a couple of weeks before Christmas and I’m happy to say, it s a much better fit than its denim counterpart.
The lining went in a treat (I’m top-stitching the waistband here in case you are wondering!) but honestly, I do need to practice “finishing” it with a little more sophistication, I’m hoping that will come in time … Will it come in time? If anyone has any tips I’d be forever grateful. It’s the hand stitching bit that I find tricky, you know, around the zip? My Lovely Mum who is very clever with this sewing lark assured me that as only I see the inside, I mustn’t worry but I want it to be perfect! I can’t show you the lining round the zip … it’s shameful!
Anyway, my girl cleared out her bedroom a little while ago and found this in her now obsolete GCSE textiles box, 4p, reduced from 9p, now that’s a bargain! I do like the way it finishes off an edge. I took the photo below at work when no one was looking. I was secretly admiring my new skirt and thinking how well it went with the Christmas box of Quality Street when I should have been correcting a Chinese journal (yes in Chinese … you see why I was so easily distracted). I pretended I was checking my phone for texts but actually I was doing a selfie of my lovely hem!
Photographing this skirt proved to be a little difficult (pink is tricky), so please forgive the photo below. It looks nice with a chunky jumper but you wouldn’t see the waist so you get it with a boring black top I’m afraid.
I’ve really enjoyed sewing up this pattern, I know it’s crazily addictive but on the plus side this may encourage the using up of leftovers. There will be more I’m sure and having recently spied Karen’s Double Polka Dot Whammy I am totally inspired to
rip-off try something similar. Just look at that gorgeous application of lining, I’m green with envy! I can feel a trip to Walthamstow fast approaching (if there’s any polka dot lining left of course)!