Happy Sunday everyone!
Lately my sewing endeavours have gotten as out of whack as the recent weather we've been having here in the UK (seriously, SNOW this morning. WTF?). I had planned to spend this week working on a muslin for my latest project, a lovely little dress from a vintage Style pattern found in my local Oxfam, and was going to show you my progress this weekend, but I came down with some horrible viral lurgy on Tuesday that completely scuppered my plans. Struck down in the pribe of libe!
So, the muslin is still a work in progress. It's not all bad, though, because it means I can turn this into a 'hey-look-what-I-made' post and show you two of my recent finished projects - the Sewaholic Renfrew top and the Colette Ginger skirt.
In my opinion, both are absolute winners. This is my second Renfrew, but the first I wasn't at all happy with, and in all honesty I haven't worn it since. That was all down to my colour and fabric choice though, and nothing to do with the pattern itself, so I was determined to have another go.
I found this lovely lacy knitted fabric in my local fabric shop, Masons. I was a little disappointed that it's quite sheer, but loved the colour so decided to go with it anyway. It's not too much hassle to always a wear a vest underneath.
As far as the construction goes, it was just as heavenly as last time. This time around I shortened the sleeves by about 5 inches, as I always find it easier to wear 3/4 length sleeves.
Yeesh, would you look at those roots?
Full disclaimer up front: this skirt was 100% inspired by Handmade Jane's beautiful denim Ginger skirt. Nay, not just inspired by - pretty much a blatant copy of. I know fashion's all about influence and imitation (The Devil Wears Prada taught us that!) but credit where credit's due - so thank you Jane :)
For some reason, I've been all about making skirts recently: McCalls 6439, two Sewaholic Crescents, and a Colette Beignet (yet to be blogged), but by far this has been my favourite to make. And it's the first Colette pattern I've made!
|Excuse the wrinkles - I'd been wearing it all day!|
I only came across one roadblock whilst making the skirt, and that was that my heavy denim was far too sturdy for my fragile little invisible zip - it went in perfectly and was looking good, but when I went to pull it closed the thing broke. I was far too impatient to wait another week until I could get to the shops again, so I replaced it with a normal zip.
I also used a bit of lightweight cotton from my stash instead of denim for the facings, to reduce bulk. I love the 70s floral pattern!
I'm chuffed that I squeezed this skirt out of one metre of fabric. One metre!
Bonus silly picture. I'm pulling the stupidest face. Jen took these pictures - this is what happens when we get together.
Here are the stats for both projects:
Pattern = £0 (already made)
Fabric = £7.50
Notions = 10p
Total: £7.60. What a steal!
Pattern = £15
Fabric = £14
Notions = 20p
Total = £29.20. Not quite such a bargain, but still not bad. The skirt is so wearable that I can see the cost being justified.
So a big thumbs up in all. Two patterns that I'm certain will see the light of day again. I'm already thinking a corduroy Ginger might be needed for next Autumn, perhaps with some piping and front pockets like Sunni's version.
Anyone else hooked on Ginger like I now am?