With this project I've definitely found a new favourite pattern - I present to you my first (and definitely not my last) Sewaholic Crescent skirt!
For a while I'd been feeling the need for a simple black skirt for work. We're not allowed to wear denim in the office, and whilst I do have a black pencil skirt that goes quite nicely with a handful of tops, it's the last thing I want to wear when I'm having a 'fat day'. And so I set out to fill this hole in my wardrobe, and make something easily-matchable, suitable for my curvy frame, and yet still pretty. The Crescent fit the bill perfectly.
|Arg, black is so tricky to photograph!|
Where this skirt does fail a bit is in my fabric choice. I chose a simple linen/cotton blend, thinking it would be the easiest thing to sew with - which it was. Sadly it also wrinkles like a mother, and without a slip it clings to my tights like crazy. Plus it attracts so much dust and stray threads that I have to run a lint brush over it after every wear. Still, sewing's a learning curve, and these are all things I'll bear in mind when choosing fabric for my next project :)
Aside from the fabric fail, this skirt gets a big thumbs-up from me. The construction has so many little pleasing moments, from the waistband with its jigsaw-like assembly, to Tasia Sewaholic's genius zip insertion method. I even enjoyed hand slip-stitching the hem, and I usually hate hand-sewing. I jazzed my hem up with some polka dot hem tape, just to keep things interesting.
Inspired by (ok, completely copying) Shivani, I've decided to keep a record of the costs of each item I make. Mostly because I'm just curious, but also because I'm certain that since I started sewing my own clothes, the amount of high street shopping I do has dropped dramatically, and I want to see how the costs compare. So here's the breakdown:
Pattern = £0 (borrowed from a friend!)
Fabric = £6
Notions = £1.50
Total = £7.50
Nice! Not even a Primark skirt would cost that little, and mine is made to a far higher standard than that (even if I do say so myself!)
On another note, today is our little blog's first birthday! Jen and I have both enjoyed the last year tremendously, so here's to the next!