Friday, March 9, 2018

Gingham skirt

Well I have finally got a chance to take a photo of the gingham skirt that I first talked of making 10 December  2017. I did make it but since, life has been a whirlwind! We had Christmas and all that it entails, my son's Dad went to the UK for 7 weeks where he had to help his elderly parents and just got back on Tuesday. This has curtailed any of everything other than the rat wheel of work, wash, iron, cook, make lunch, some exercise and then wake up and do it all again. I'm tired.

Anyway, this isn't a pity party blog, onto the sewing.


This is the pattern and the fabric again. Cotton 1.5cm check gingham bought at the second hand shop a few years ago for a few bucks. It's a polished cotton and it has a lovely hand... like a rayon but without that slipperiness or that swishyness but does have good drape. 


This is my inspiration skirt. Pretty simple and it cost originally about US$500 and I think when I saw it it was US$300 reduced. What a bargain!




Here's my skirt. I love the colour and size of the gingham so much more. It's not as long looking on me because: short and dumpy but it is what it is. Mine is all cut on the bias. It nearly ruined me getting it on that 1.5m square piece of wonky fabric. New Look recommend 2.2 mt so I did well but it took some piecing - the back piece is full and the front piece has a tiny piece up near the waistband and side seam but the front piece under the top layer is pieced with 2 pieces but no one can see it because I did a great job piecing! Great little top my sister gave me from the op shop... cute little flowers on the front.

Yes great work bathroom photos. If I go into the shower room it has a full length mirror with good lighting. Plus it's private... I've tried getting photos in the lift but that is so difficult with so many people in and out, plus I'm on a lower floor so even if I'm in the lift alone, I can't get a good photo quickly enough.

I've also made new togs because I thought I'd lost my speedos and of course I found them the day I finished my new togs. I've also made another really easy swing dress, a Burda dress that I love and I haven't got photos of the Burda dress I made for Christmas. Maybe other things?? I can't remember. Plus all this no time for anything I will spend this first free weekend in 8 weeks clearing up the house and finding the floorboards again. I have two leather purses I have to make for birthday gifts too. Fun!

Oh I also just want to note, I cannot write comments on a lot of blogs ... seems like it's a google thing, but I can make comments on some but not other blogs so I'm trying but I can't work it out and it was low on the list of things to fix. But know I'm thinking about what you are sewing and doing too.

15 comments:

  1. What a great skirt! The checks are so trendy and you did a fantastic job of joining and matching. Blogger is a strange beast - some friends can comment on my blog sometimes, and not other times. I sure can't figure it out :)

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    1. Thanks Patricia, the checks are trendy which is not something I really think about but with it out in the shops, it reminded me I had some in stash. Look at me in fashion! Are you going to the High Tea again?

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  2. Your skirt looks great! Really cute, and looks like a great fit. I love the gingham on the bias.

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    1. Thank you - I love the bias too that's why this was such a great pattern.

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  3. Your gingham skirt looks good! I can definitely see the essence of the inspiration photo. Btw, I love coffee too, but drink decaf because I am caffeine sensitive (it keeps me WIDE awake too, lol).

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    1. Thanks, yes I only have one nice coffee a day and that's enough. It also keeps me awake.

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  4. Your gingham skirt came out beaut. Your checked dress fabric looks nice too but a pity it didn't turn out as expected. At the sewing group I go to I have convinced myself that fitting is almost impossible to do alone. Hooe you are having some peaceful time to yourself this weekend.

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    1. Thanks Janine, I still look at that and can't think why it turned out so big. I found the measurements I put into the Lekala site and they are correct??? Maybe it's the fabric... a linen/cotton I think so maybe it stretched out. Maybe a hot wash will shrink it! Fitting is impossible to do alone I agree.

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  5. Love your skirt, so much, that I went straight to the internet to search for the pattern, Finally found one on ebay. Ordered it, and it's on its way to me.lol Can't wait for it to get here.. I have check fabric already.. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Judy, that's a great compliment ... I found that pattern at the op shop so it was a bargain. If you notice too the inspiration skirt is cut in 2 pieces with a seam in the back. I'll look out for your skirt now too.

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  6. I love that purple gingham! Do you think you can come to high tea this year? I just cut out my dress on the weekend as I will get busy over school hols and easter. Also I have to go off to a wedding the same afternoon, so my dress has to do double duty ;o)

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    1. Thanks. Yes I'm coming - bought my ticket already. I haven't thought of a dress yet. Oh the pressure of double duty! Hope it's late afternoon so we see you lots!

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  7. I do hope you were being sarcastic on $300 being a bargain!... I love your version of the skirt! Too cute!

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    1. Oh, no I'm loaded... ha ha ha... yeah, I wish. Thanks!

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  8. I like the bias gingham skirt! I'm always scared of wearing gingham in case I look like I'm in a country costume. But yours is very nice and not costume-y at all!

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