If you’d told me even six months ago that I’d ever wear anything that falls under the umbrella of mini-skirt I’d have said… well, it would have involved curse words. But here we are, with Ellie and Mac’s Paperbag skirt in poly/rayon twill I scored an obscene amount of for $2/metre.
It’s cuter than I expected, and surprisingly wearable with leggings. Next time I might lengthen the back slightly, as right now the front is just a little longer – blame my butt for that, of course. I’ll definitely keep the pockets exactly the same – they’re big enough to fit an entire kitten, and don’t fold strangely or stand away from the skirt like what happens when I wear pants with the same type of pockets.
Apparently ‘no mini-skirts after 35’ is some kind of fashion rule. I mean… eff that, honestly. I’ll wear what I want, thanks. I do prefer knee-length skirts and dresses but something a little shorter once in a while is hardly a scandal-in-waiting.
Somehow I keep getting behind on posting my makes here. Not sure why I don’t do it at the same time as Instagram – probably because Insta is so easy, and tends to get more engagement. But! Of course I’ve been sewing.
I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I did decide that I’d like to work on sewing the patterns that I already own but have yet to make. There’ll be plenty of time for TNTs and even new patterns, but I have quite a backlog of patterns that I keep meaning to sew.
So right now I’m on a five-day vacation, and I’m making it a sewcation. I’ve sewn two tops and a skirt in two days, and now on day three I’m working on a dress.
Both tops are Ashton by Helen’s Closet, and I’ve found a new favourite woven shell pattern. It fits my smaller top half coupled with larger bottom half quite well, and I like that the fabric at the shoulders isn’t a thinner strap. I prefer something that aligns closer with ‘sleeveless’ rather than ‘tank top’. Either way, I’m sure there’ll be more of these, and I’m anxious to try out the sleeve expansion as well. Those tulip sleeves!
My first try was in quilting cotton, and the second, this blue one, is in a mystery fabric from an unlabelled bolt in an out-of-town fabric shop. It’s light, semi-sheer, and has a bit of texture with a lovely fluid drape. The colour is amazing and I love the print, too. I anticipate this one getting a lot of wear.
Next up is a Megan Nielsen Veronika Curve skirt. I love circle skirts, but for the longest time I thought I couldn’t wear them. Turns out all I needed was to make them a bit longer, as knee-length doesn’t quite work for me. I’ve made a few in the past, but this is the first one without an elastic waist – and therefore, also the first one with an invisible zipper. I may actually have invented new curse words while inserting it, but it’s done. Not quite invisible, but I’ll chalk that up to a learning experience and do better on the next one.
Really like the shape of this, though, now that I’ve gotten the length right, and how it falls. There’s a version with beautiful scalloped pockets, and that’s going right on the to-sew list as well. I feel like it needs a solid or semi-solid colour, though, and that’s not something I have a lot of in my stash.
Oh no, I might have to go fabric shopping. What a shame.
A friend gave me this cotton months ago, expecting that I might make a shower curtain or something similar out of it. But me being, well, me, I made a second Estuary instead.
We had quite a decent heavy snowfall going on, so I chose to stay in on New Year’s Eve and sew, instead. I worked on the skirt for a few hours then left the button-sewing for the morning, because ugh, button-sewing. I’m not a fan of sewing by hand, unfortunately, and my buttons never end up as perfect as I want them to be.
I had a bit of trouble with the skirt this time around but that was absolutely my own fault – somehow ended up sewing the wrong sides of things together more than once. Oops. That’s what happens, I guess, when I sew while distracted.
I went with the inseam pocket option this time, and I like it a lot because it’s attached at both the top and sides so the pockets don’t sag.
The fabric has a bit more body than the cotton I used for the last so it puffs out more around the waist and hem. It’s a big, ridiculous print and I love it to bits, honestly. I’ll probably wear it to work tomorrow.
Estuary skirt! Still having problems with indoor photos, but don’t focus on that, focus on how cute the skirt is. I’m so pleased with it – my body isn’t the easiest to fit skirts to, and often they end up looking just ‘meh’ rather than how I’d like them to. This one, though, is as close to ideal as I’ve ever gotten, and I feel like I’m going to wear it rather than having it sit in my closet like other aborted skirt attempts.
Pleased with the pattern, too. Instructions are clear, and some of the small details help avoid certain small pitfalls that can lead to a garment looking homemade rather than handmade. Like the pockets! The patch pockets are double-layer, and the instructions have you trim 1/8″ from the lining before easing the two layers together, which makes the seam pull slightly to the inside and hides it perfectly when you sew the pockets on.
I was sure I’d have to shorten the skirt, especially since it’s meant to be a midi and I’m so short, but because I wear it above my natural waist I didn’t have to shorten it at all. It ended up a great length all on its own.
I’ll definitely be making this one again. I’d like to make Sew Liberated’s Hinterland dress, too, but it doesn’t have as expanded of a size range as the Estuary skirt so I’d have to grade up. Aaand we all know how I feel about that. I do have their Matcha top pattern, but I don’t anticipate having to grade because it’s a loose, flowy silhouette and my issue is waist/hips where sizing is concerned.