The “What has it got in its pocketses?” skirt
Fabric: Cotton from a sewing meet in Norfolk organised by the completely gorgeous Diane of margueritedesigns
Notions: lining, thread, 7” zip
Time to complete: about 6 hours including making my own skirt block and pattern
First worn: for a morning out with my friend Sally and her daughter to Baytree
Wear again? Next summer, hopefully, we seem to be at the tail end of this one
Total price: Cotton was about £7ish, zip from a lot I bought from ebay so about 10p, lining left over from another project (call it free) plus I bought a reel of thread, let’s call it a tenner (just under $16)
Back in the day (ok, last month, you got me) I was completely bemused by the words “self-drafted” on sewweekly. What? That person made a pattern? Made one? Themselves? From scratch? How? Wouldn’t that be Very Complicated Indeed? Don’t you need the supervision of someone who knows what they are doing?
Luckily I go to a sewing class. A couple of weeks ago my sewing teacher Kate suggested I try making a skirt block so that I could draft myself patterns. She lent me a book which explained this process very clearly. In fact, so clearly that I was able to grasp the idea and had a skirt block drawn and a muslin made in two hours.
Once I got home and was not being directly supervised I lost my head a bit. A basic skirt seemed a bit, well, easy. (I almost can’t believe I just typed that) so I decided to add pockets. Usually when a pattern calls for pockets I leave them out on the grounds that they take too long, add 4 pieces to the pattern and are just a big faff. Then I decided to make piping to show where the pockets are (no point wasting time on unnoticeable pockets). Also I added a waistband. Just a big old oblong that I interfaced, basically. I like it.
Literary inspiration: in honour of the pockets, I am going for Gollum from Lord of The Rings.