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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Spring Skirt!

Last Thursday my mum visited me in York and we went to a fabric shop I had never been to before. Grace and Jacob is a lovely shop with beautiful fabric and super friendly staff! I bought  1.5 metres of this gorgeous floral fabric and set aside Sunday just for sewing! A while back, I pinned this skirt tutorial from sew mama sew which I thought would be a great first proper attempt at sewing clothes.


I have attempted to sew clothes from patterns before and I am not going to lie, it has not been awfully successful! Something usually goes wrong, I get frustrated, upset and decide its more trouble than its worth and go back to sewing bags (because if a bag is the wrong size the only person who will know is me!). However, I was determined for this project to be different so I cleared a whole day, put on my OC music playlist (5 hours of music from the first 2 seasons of OC - such a good collection!) and set to work!

Improvised zip!
Everything was going well; everything was cut out, I managed to do shirring using elastic thread on my sewing machine and even gathered the skirt (not easy when my gathering thread snapped!)! Unfortunately, when I went to try on the skirt, it would not go over my thighs! I still am not sure what went wrong but although it is perfect fit for my waist there is no way to will go over my hips/legs. This is usually the point in a project where I give up, cry and stuff the fabric at the back of my wardrobe! Not this skirt though! I don't know whether I was more determined, more confident or just more experienced at sewing than those other times but I immediately thought of putting a zip in! And it worked! It obviously doesn't look as neat as it would if the zip was planned but it fits! I was so proud that I managed to work through the issues and now I have a lovely skirt for spring!

The finished skirt!

Thanks to Holly (my housemate) for taking these pictures - it was actually so mild today I could comfortably wear the skirt outside (with no tights!) I am wearing my skirt to my dinner and movie outing today with my friend Tori - I am pleased that my work paid off and I have a cute addition to my wardrobe!

Spring days!
Love Rebecca

Linking to
Rae Gun Ramblings
Sew Much Ado
Six Sisters Stuff
Family Ever After
Naptime Crafters
Positively Splendid 
Mine for the Making


  1. I love how your skirt turned out! The pale blue fabric with flowers is really cute :-) You did an awesome job!!!
    Consider me your newest follower...I'm a lover of all things sewing related too!


    1. Thank you! The fabric is so pretty and I am pleased to say I have some left for other projects! Heading over to sunnyvanilla now :)


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