Eight months back I posted a maxi skirt ‘how to‘ using 2 metres of black and white knit fabric to make this…
I mentioned at the end of the post that I had 55 centimeter width of the 2 metres of fabric left to make a short version of the skirt. Well I finally got around to doing just that, following the same simple steps I followed for the maxi skirt.
I sewed the right sides together bringing the narrowest edges together to create a seam and then sewed a casing at the top for the elastic and a hem at the bottom. I’m really happy with the finished product.
This is a little project any novice sewer could take on.
A week back I asked my readers whether I should turn my tablecloth into a skirt…
…after noticing how similar the skirt below was to my tablecloth.
The votes were split so, when I saw a roll of the same fabric at Spotlight reduced to $6 per metre I took the plunge and bought a metre. I cut the fabric up the middle to make one big narrow rectangle.
Then I simply sewed a single seam to turn the rectangle into a circle of fabric.
For the waistband, I folded over the fabric at the top to allow enough space to insert the elastic in a casing with an additional 1.5cm of fabric above this to create the ruffle effect you can see on the waist of the skirt that I was originally inspired by.
I then sewed this band in place, sewing a second seam in the centre of this waist band to create the casing and ultimately the ruffle.
Last step is to sew the hem. So easy!!!
The hardest part for me was asking my photographer (9 year old son) to get my face and the skirt in the photo together!
I’m not quite sure if I can really classify this as ‘vintage’, but 1991 (when this pattern was printed) was over 20 years ago! Infact back in 1991 I made this skirt in a Karkey fabric that I think was called shark skin. This black fabric is very similar…purchased from the discount table at Spotlight late last year.
This skirt is very high waisted and, from the front sits quite beautifully, but at the back the zipper is a little puckered and despite having hand sewn, machine sewn, unpicked and then repeated two or three times it is still bubbly!
But, being black it’s not all together obvious when I’m actually wearing it.
I really like this pattern (Vogue 2747), but I’m still not quite sure how to deal with that puckering zip!
Some time back I posted on this blog a ‘how to’ for making a simple round table cloth. Well, I’ve been at it again! My breakfast table is so little that even narrow dress fabrics are wide enough to turn into a cloth. Here is my latest creation.
But then I saw this skirt on shopbop.com and thought maybe I could re-purpose my new tablecloth!
What do you think? Tablecloth or skirt?
The boys have been very keen gamers since they received an X-Box for Christmas so I’ve made them some bean bags to slump into in front of the TV. It’s been years since I’ve made a bean bag and I’m constantly surprised at how many bags of beans are needed to fill them. This medium sized bean bag took 3 x 500g bags. At $12.95 per bag it certainly makes this little project quite expensive. BUT…I’m proud to say that all of the fabric used was from my existing stash!
I used the bean bag pattern on the Lincraft Website. Their instructions state that you will need one 500g bag of beans. Don’t believe them!!! I adjusted the pattern to be halfway between a child’s and an adult’s sized bean bag.
The boys are very happy with their new chairs!
Hamish has well and truly outgrown his first grade library bag…
This afternoon I FINALLY found some time to make him a new one using fabric from the stash. (You see…I haven’t bought any new fabric this year and I’m going to try to make it until at least June before I do.)
Here’s what I came up with. Not sure that I love it…but it got the nod from Hamish.
If you’re in the market for a new library bag for your little one it was quite easy to make,
I cut three rectangles:
1. For the main body: 76cm x 42cm.
2. For the strap: 78cm x 8cm.
3. For the gingham closure: 10cm x 12cm.
The first step was to fold the largest rectangle in half joining the shortest (42cm) edges together, then sewing down this edge and across the bottom to make the bag. Next I hemmed the top edge of the bag.
To make the strap I folded the rectangle in half lengthwise and sewed all the way up the 78cm. I then cut a length of ribbon 80cm long and threaded this down the strip holding one end of the ribbon at the top and sewing it in place across the narrow opening. This ribbon will help you to turn the strap through the right way. Now hold the ribbon at the other end (I normally slip it under my foot) and then, starting at the top where you attached the ribbon in the seam, start turning the fabric through. Keep shortening the ribbon under your foot as you turn the fabric through. Once fully turned through cut the edge where the ribbon was attached to remove the ribbon. Now fold the cut edges in to create a neat seam. Sew the strap in place.
Next fold the smallest rectangle in half with the slightly shorter edges together. Sew the side and bottom and then turn through the right way. Again, fold the unsewn edge in to create a neat edge before sewing to the centre back of the bag. Sew a buttonhole into this flap, and finally a button onto the bag.
I hope this all makes sense. It would have helped greatly if I had taken photos as I was making this to accompany the description. Please let me know if you have any questions.
When I’m travelling I always like to make something new to wear. Often it’s quite odd but comfortable for plane travel and something I probably wouldn’t normally wear at home. I’m not sure yet whether the latest little number is something I will wear back in Bris Vegas but it was the perfect travel companion taking me from Brisbane as a simple dress…
…to Denver with an added coat – able to be worn in multiple ways. Likes this…
…as well as like this…
and like this…
Of course, for Denver I added tights and changed to knee high boots, not seen in the photograph above or below that I prepared earlier. I also added an infinity scarf.
The infinity scarf was surprisingly simple to make and very comfortable to wear.
The jacket was made from Vogue Pattern 8305. The dress was based on the camisole pattern in McCall’s 6112 (now on clearance). For the infinity scarf I just joined a few scraps of fabric together to make a long loop – 15cm wide by 2.2m long. I simply overlocked the edge and it worked out perfectly.
Do you remember when I made the black and white print maxi skirt? I probably mentioned back then that I generally don’t wear anything maxi…I’m quite short and have always felt that the extra length made me look even more short. Well, having tried it I no longer care whether I look short – I love long skirts! Although my black & white maxi skirt is a little too long and I often feel like I’m going to trip over it and pull it right off. Given that the waist is elastic it could happen!
It was just so simple to make that I decided to make another one, this time a little shorter. I cut the full 150cm width of fabric to 95cm long. Joined it to make a seam and then hemmed the top and the bottom. Then slipped some elastic through the top to form the waist. Voile…
Apologies for the slightly strange self portrait. Can you tell I was using the timer on the camera? It’s a shocker but I didn’t have time to try again and didn’t want to delay getting this post up.
I’m trying hard this year to show you my sewing projects on me.
If you are thinking of starting sewing this would be a great little project to have a go at. Please do let me know if you’d like any more specific details on how to make this maxi skirt.
I’m sure I’ve promised that I’m not going to make Simplicity 8741 again…but I just did and I LOVE it!
How gorgeous is this silk!!!
I love this fabric and I love this pattern. So, no more silly promises…I am going to make this again.
Next month I’m travelling to the US so I wanted to make something warm and easy to pack. I found this Charlie Brown Camel Wrap dress online and was inspired.
I already had the pattern for a similar dress and New Look had classified it as “*easy”. Perfect!
I had read a number of reviews on Pattern Review that identified a few issues with the pattern but I decided to press on regardless. There were some concerns about the facing but I thougth I’d try following the pattern initially and then make adjustments if necessary. It came together quite easily and without too much drama…initially!
The fit is great, and I really like the ‘v’ in the back waist line.
Sometime towards the end of making this, when I was at the point of sewing the side seams I made a few guesses rather than pulling out the pattern pieces to make sure I was joining the wrap section into the seams at the right point. I really shouldn’t have done this! Fortunately the belt, that is attached at the back side seams, mostly hides my mistakes. Here’s a close up with the belt tied…
…and without the tie (hiding the hideous mistake!)…
It’s a little disappointing and a constant reminder that good sewing is all about precision, patience and unpicking!
Overall, I’m really happy with this dress and I think it will be great to travel with.