Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Little Ray of Sunshine

The hardest part of sewing, for me, is choosing fabrics.  There is so much gorgeous fabric out there and finding the right combination is agonising.  AG-ON-IS-ING!!!!!



What colour palette do I like?  What prints will go with what prints?  Are they too matchy-matchy?  Do they blend too much?  Will the pattern show on a smaller item?  Will the person like it?  Does it suit them?  Is it elegant/retro/vintage/childish/adult enough?  AAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!

And the worst part - I don't normally subscribe to pink; I don't have many clothes that are pink or furnishings that are pink or stuff that is pink but I'm always drawn to the pink palette when it come to fabrics.  Sometimes I hate my taste.



And so, it is with great pride, that I present this skirt that I made - in Yellow and Orange!  No pink in sight. And my delightful Little Miss M has named it her Sunshine skirt.  How lovely is that!



The nitty-gritty details...
This skirt was made using Oliver + S Hopscotch skirt pattern.  I am still not very comfortable with making clothes and this pattern takes you on a very detailed journey from beginning to end.  So this was a very good pattern for me.

Having said that, not only is it very detailed but there are ALOT of steps.  Why?  I think it's because this pattern is all about the finishes - once complete, only the side seams have a visible sergered/zig-zagged edge.  All the other seams are enclosed.

In the back of my mind (and not because I have asked them), I think my sisters, highly accomplished seamstresses especially in the clothing department (my younger sis made my wedding dress; my older sis could whip up a suit from thin air!!!), would think this is a very fussy pattern for a child's play skirt.  I think.

Would I make it again?  Yes, definitely.  It is a great beginner pattern; the finishes are pretty good; and there are some good techniques to take away from this pattern.  Also, using this nifty tip from the ever-talented Nicole Mallalieu, I can make this skirt in various sizes.


3 comments:

  1. Ate Lil, you gotta teach me! Meet me at the airport? Hahaha! Where do you buy your fabrics?

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  2. Hey Dwell! Like you need my help - I've seen your work and it's awesome!! Fabric is from the States. I buy bulk once in a while to save postage. Fabricworm.com and Quilthome.com. Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Hahaha you're ones look like they're from the store. You also have an overlocker? I sooo want one! Saving up. But yeah, seriously thinking of going to Melbourne for a weekend or something. No worries :)

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