I was super happy to be awarded 'best dressmaker' in the Simplicity sewing competition this year! It was my Refashioners denim dress that won view post here.
My prize was a years supply of patterns - so I could choose 12 patterns from anything on their site!!! What a joy! 11 of them have been sent already, here are a selection of the ones I picked!! I especially can't wait to replicate the red dress in the middle.
So what to sew first? I wanted to make a skirt with the stunning bird print fabric I bought in the House of Hackney sample sale and I choose this pattern with this fabric in mind. I wanted a skirt with some body, but I do like it to sit flat around my tummy so this felt like the perfect skirt pattern for me.
I made up the lining first to check the fit. It was all good- I just made the waistband a bit larger as I like skirts to sit below my natural waist on my high hip, so I made the band a bit longer to accommodate.
I made 3 adjustments to the pattern. Firstly I added extra in the waistband so it would sit lower than my waist. Secondly I added a pocket on one side. I can't live without pockets these days (with a toddler I always need somewhere to put my phone and stash a tissue!!). The other side had the zip so I decided to just put a pocket on one side for practicality purposes. And finally, I made some adjustments to the flair.
When I made it up in my quite stiff cotton fabric, I found there was excess fabric on the sides and I didn't like the way it hung- it was fine down to the bottom of the zip, but then there was to much fabric below, so i took a good 3cm of the seam at the bottom, graduating up to where the zip started (repeated on both sides).
these 2 photos show how it hung (inside out) before i took in the excess fabric.
Then it was done! A really simple sew and a style I really like. I ll definitely make more. Also the sections makes it quite easy to cut out of fabric- you could colour block for instance as a scrap buster!
I especially like the touch of the spotty lining ;)
I wore it on Boxing Day for a walk to the park, as you do 😉
Thankyou Simplicity for my lovely prize!! I look forward to sewing the other patterns soon.