Renfew came to the rescue on this previous disastrous knit make – all went well although neckline was rather baggy. No way was I unpicking this - so threaded some 6 mm elastic through the neckline casing which neatly gathers it in.
My denim skirt which initially I wasn’t too sure of, has now become a wardrobe staple – I forgot how denim seems to go with everything and it has given me an opportunity to wear lots of forgotten tops. Denim has a slight stretch so comfortable to wear and teamed with navy tights I have got used to the shorter length. For the pocket linings and facings I used this
Feeling more confident I had a floral cotton lawn print and a small off-cut of a matching plain for a collar so made another Alma but this time View B (have already made a View A so knew the fit and by how much I needed to shorten in body length. I decided not to put in a concealed zip as I never use it on my previous make as I seem to be able to get it over my head OK.
Another pattern I wanted to try was the SewaIolic Crescent skirt so have made up a wearable muslin. I lengthened the skirt but would still would like it a bit longer but the fit around waist and hips is fine. Used a vintage flower print (usually more of a geometric fan so don’t know why I’m on a flower kick) very narrow in width so had to cut the front in two pieces and not enough fabric to fully pattern match – pockets too had to be cut from some left over denim. I shall probably wear at home in the garden so I merge in - however just looked out at the garden where most of the plants are architectural. Would like to make-up again perhaps in a plain chambray.
My final photo is the wonderful applique piece from my nautical swap. The stitching skills are so precise from this skillful lady - I don’t think my swapper has a blog so I can’t do a link. It now hangs in my workroom and reminds me of Southwold in Sussex where we have had many happy holidays.
What’s next? Well already cut out another top in a Liberty lawn print, planned another top in crepe with a lace collar and Kwik Sew pattern in a knit. I’ve sorted out my swaps for Birmingham - lots of retro patterns and some vintage fabrics and notions. Plus I have now used up all my woven stash!!! Does this mean I can buy some more?