The pattern is a pattern by Simplicity 1717 – Misses’ Amazing Fit Skirt and it was actually chosen by my mum for our first sewing project. Initially I had my reservations having purchased Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes I was keen to start with her patterns but I decided to leave the decision to the experienced sewer and we set out to buy fabric. We bought from John Lewis for this skirt, a heavier cotton fabric in a dark green and we got the zipper and lining to match. Now that I know what to look for and I am starting to understand a bit more about fabrics I would be happier to shop online but the sales person in John Lewis was a brilliant help and answered all my daft questions without being condescending and even told me to go back in to show her my skirt!
It took quite a while to sew this skirt. I found it complicated with all the notches and the fittings but it really all was worthwhile to get the fit on the skirt just right. I enjoyed the cutting, pinning, tacking and sewing – my confidence definitely grew with each shot on the sewing machine. I doubt I would have been able to tackle this project without help from my mum, and I really appreciate all the help she is giving me. She did do a couple of things without me, as the zipper foot she has couldn’t be attached (me, my mum and my dad all tried – it simply isn’t happening) she finished inserting the zip and did sew in the lining. I hemmed the skirt myself using a technique she showed me and then I had a finished skirt! The first thing I have ever made!
I would say this is maybe an advanced beginner pattern, I certainly want to make a short version of the skirt at some point but the most important things about the skirt:
- It doesn’t blow up in the wind (seriously Edinburgh what the heck is going on at the minute)
- I can cycle in it comfortably (I have a bike with a crossbar so this is great news)
All in all I am a happy budding sewer and I even managed to take some outfit pictures although I am still not comfortable in front of the camera.
*Outfit details - Jumper 2nd hand from my mother - Whitestuff, leggings - Braintree clothing, Boots - 2nd hand Primark from eBay, Brooch - present from my parents