Tuesday, 2 March 2010

A bit of skirt?

Spurred on by Ric-Rac & Flowergarden's forays into skirt-making (and a well-timed visit from my mother!) I now have something new in my wardrobe.
NB: In the above photo, I have employed Jodie's excellent 'how to pretend to your blog friends that you're slim' technique of folding 'six or eight inches of fatty boombalatta' excess to the back.
Mum whipped this skirt up for me in no time. She trained in dressmaking many years ago, and knows stuff about making garments fit well.
The floral fabric is 'Shanghai Edition' by Art Gallery Quilts. We added a 1" frill around the bottom edge, in a fabric from an old Amy Butler range called 'Charm'.
The pattern we used is Butterick 3597, now out of print. It is a simple A-line pattern, no waistband, zipper in the centre back. We lined the skirt, which makes it super-smooooth to wear.
Skirt making doesn't get much simpler than this - I love it!

So here I am, basking in the glory of a brand new skirt and some Autumn sunshine! Thanks Mum.

20 comments:

  1. You make me laugh!! Just what I needed after a settling marathon! "fatty boombalatta" that's gonna make me giggle for days.........

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  2. I LOVE it, and how exciting that Jodie and I inspired you! I have my mum staying at the moment, and she is keen to try my pattern to make a skirt for my sister. Tomorrow is sewing day me thinks.

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  3. It's lovely, you are so lucky to have a mum who likes to sew for you. Very nice indeed. I am going to keep that handy tip in mind for hiding those extra centimetres on clothing!!!!!

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  4. Love it. Spring is just around the corner here and this morning I was thinking about making some summer skirts, your post has inspired me further. Love the frill.

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  5. Ros you are so funny, now to make me feel slim I am going to photograph all my clothes using that technique.
    Love the skirt btw , I am such a fan of art gallery fabrics.

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  6. yay ! The skirt is great and the fabric is stunning!

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  7. Cheryl From Brisbane2 March 2010 at 21:11

    My mother is also a trained dressmaker. I never learnt to sew properly because of that. Anything I tried to do, Mum could do a thousand times better, until knit sewing came along in the 70s. Mum and I went off together to 'Knitwit' classes. It was fun learning together, though Dad said we didn't need a certificate to show we were Knitwits! I started trying to sew again when my son arrived. Last week I also made a skirt for myself. Actually I surprised myself - it fitted and looked good. This 'old dog'is enjoying trying to learn 'new tricks'.

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  8. The best kind of dressmaking is when someone else does the making bit and you get to do the wearing bit.
    Love it!!

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  9. truly beautiful. i love it!
    boombalata is what i call my golden retriever. she's getting a bit of a rump on her. LOL

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  10. What a lovely skirt Ros, and you certainly don't need to fold that skirt to make you look thinner.
    You look super trim in the other pics. Now is the weather still nice enough to wear it. It's getting cooler here at the moment.

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  11. Fatty boombalatta my ring-a-ding-ding!!!....There's no way you have an ounce extra on you!!!! Looks lovely and the fabric is superb! Yay Mum...you did a great job!
    sugary hugs(non-kilo piling ones!)
    Wendy :O)

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  12. Love the new skirt! Sometimes a visit from Mum is just what we need!

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  13. I just LOVE your new skirt!!!!

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  14. I see NO evidence of any fatty boombalatta in those piccies, you look GAWJUS in your new swish skirt!! Love it :o).
    Hugs,
    Joy :o)

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  15. So cute Ros! Those girls have me inspired too

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  16. Yay for you on your new skirt! And how sweet that your mom is still willing to sew for you!!

    Too funny re: the tricking everyone into thinking you're skinny stateg-erie, lolol!!! But it doesn't really look like you need any help in that department, sister! ;)

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  17. Love this skirt - makes me hopeful that spring might actually arrive soon. Love the shoes you paired with it!!

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  18. What a cute skirt! I am inspired to make something lovely for the warm weather coming our way! :)

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