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A handmade Liberty skirt

October 11, 2017
Liberty skirt And She Made

I started this Liberty print skirt ages ago along with a tartan version. I had visions of one midi length pleated skirt and one to-the-knee version, both made from the same tutorial.

I followed Almond Rock’s guide on how to make a pleated skirt but I’m not that great at maths and it came out too large. Both of these skirts therefore ended up on my pile of unfinished things. But then, when I was home last, I decided to salvage this one. I just loved the fabric too much! The quality of the tartan was not that great so I’ve left that one on the sewing pile for now, but I’ve got plans to use it as a jazzy lining for a jacket at some point.

I pulled the waistband in by quite a bit and based the pleats around that. I added four pleats to the front skirt and four to the back. I prefer pleats over gathers in skirts as they’re more flattering, don’t you think?

Liberty skirt And She Made

At first the length was just below my knees but I took off quite a bit of length to make it in a style that best suits me (tried and tested of course) and I’m much happier with it this way than if it were longer.

I bought the fabric on Ebay and it was described as a crepe cotton rather than a tana lawn which gives it more structure but I’d definitely choose a tana lawn over this the next time I make it. There’s just something special about a tana lawn.

Liberty skirt And She Made

The fabric is Liberty’s Tatum, a firm favourite which I’ve featured before here and here (this last one is what I made from the leftover fabric I had from the skirt). I think this fabric is my all-time favourite Liberty fabric but it’s just too hard to decide between them all.

What do you think? Worn with my all-time favourite brogues and a black long-sleeved top this is my current favourite outfit!

Crafting ideas, Dressmaking & sewing

A mustard colour palette

October 9, 2017

It’s always at this time of year that I particularly start craving an autumnal colour palette. For me, there’s something a bit special about mustard or yellow when the weather is a bit colder outside. I think it started with a certain Marks and Spencer advert featuring Twiggy, Erin O’Connor and a beautiful yellow coat a few years ago. The colour just stood out for me and I’ve been associating yellow, and mustard in particular, with this season ever since.

There are a number of beautiful clothes in the shops at the moment and, as ever, I’ve been pinning my faves. Here are just a few things I’ve been inspired by lately and hopefully some of these will translate into actual made by me clothing.

Autumn sewing inspiration And She Made

See here for credits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

 

Dressmaking & sewing, Featured

Purple power

June 21, 2017
Purple dress NL6866

DSC_0180Anyone who knows me knows of my love for purple. It’s a colour that I’ve always loved, ever since I was a child and when I found this fabric in my stash I knew what I wanted to make with it. it’s basically the brightest purple ever and I love it!

You may remember the fabric from this top which didn’t quite work out (and you’ve also had a more recent sneak peek of this dress here). I bought it a few years ago from eBay. It’s viscose so has a lovely drape to it, which maybe didn’t lend itself well to the Marthe top I made, but definitely works for this beauty.

I used the New Look 6866 pattern (a reproduced pattern from the 90s I believe) to give it the grungey edge I look for in most of my summer dresses these days and it’s been on my to-make list for ages. I literally obsessed over this dress for ages before I made it!

And She Made May sewing plans

One thing I would say for this pattern is it comes up large. I made a small which is meant for a size 8/10 and it was still too big. I’d definitely recommend sizing down with this one, although had I used a sturdier fabric perhaps I wouldn’t have had the same issues? I made view E but the back is V necked, kind of like the front of A and B (minus the bow).

Purple New Look 6866 dress

I’ve made a second version of this now and a modified version, but next up on my list is the midi version. I basically visualised myself wearing this in a teen movie from the 90s – that was the look I was going for. I’d also love to make a version with vintage fabric! Hmm, lots of plans!