Thursday, September 29, 2011

Open Studio

I've mowed the lawn and I'll run the vacuum over ..... I'm having an Open Day this Saturday 1st October, 10am to 2pm.  So if you're in my neck of the woods (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) pop in to say Hi!
I'll have a wonderful 25% off the retail price of a wide range of sewing essentials - Rasant Thread, Gutermann Thread, zippers, machine needles, markers, lovely lovely interfacing, patterns, kits, bits and bobs of fabric ..... and lots more.  I'd love to see you!

Where? Maneela St, Blacksmiths

Friday, September 2, 2011

Nicole M's A Line Skirt

 Nicole M has released a new skirt pattern. It's an A Line with a wide yoke. For this one I used a grey wool crepe from Block and Roll at Belmont and I pieced together some Lisa Ho Silk that I've had in the stash for many years - from the Fabric Store, Surry Hills.
 The Lisa Ho Silk has two pretty sides - I fused on some soft Hansel Interfacing onto each side and pieced some strips together. This generally made a wedge shape -I attached a binding to each side.
 I lined the skirt and added a little lined section to the bottom of the panel piece that would hang below the hem of the skirt.
 I also fused a piece of Hansel to the wrong side of the skirt where the panel would be attached.
 Here are the pattern line drawings.
 This is a fab pattern - it's a gentle A Line as opposed to a circus tent A line that you often see. The yoke is firm and snug.

 Here is a shorter version - made in denim and I added a ruffled piece of the selvedge to the hem. I made this one before the wool/ silk one - my first was cut as a 12 - but had to take in about 2cm on each side, the wool version was cut as a Size 10 - but as I handled the wool piece so much, fiddling around with the panel placement etc - it grew and grew - should have stay stitched the waist early on - so ended up taking it in as well.

Excellent instructions - and just the best way to secure the yoke around the invisible zip - LOVE IT!!!