Even though I've been promising everyone I'll have more project sacks made and on Etsy soon, I couldn't help myself and made a skirt last night. Not the skirt in the creative space post last Thursday (although that is the middle of being sewn up as I type) but a second skirt cut out at the same time, from the same pattern. Clever!
Or so I thought. On spreading the fabric out on my cutting board, I discovered that I had bought only 120 cm of fabric for each skirt, not the 160 cm I usually buy. So this skirt (and the one currently being sewn) is a shorty with a very small hem. Not so bad I suppose, when you wear tights with it.
My mum sewed most of my clothes when I was growing up, and if there's one thing I learnt from her it was to match up your stripes and checks on the side seams. Sorry Mum - the stripes definitely don't match! And this is the problem when you fail to buy enough fabric.
I bought the fabric from Spotlight. It's a wool blend, with an emphasis on the "blend". I think there is only about 15% wool in this, which is only an issue when trying to press it - I just couldn't get sharply pressed seams and hems. Still, the fabric is a beauty - only $14.99 a metre, nicely woven and thick enough and smooth enough for the skirt not to need lining.
The pattern is Butterick 6841, of course. I think this might be my 6th skirt in this pattern, and it won't be my last.
The charcoal tights are from We Love Colors. Gosh, I love them so much. I was reading Frances' blog a couple of months ago where she reviewed them. I was so pleased to see the review as I'd had my eye on them for ages, but was a little doubtful that a company could sell plus-sized tights in 51 colours. I mean, how good could these tights really be? I'm used to being punished for being fat by only having black tights available to me. Having bought four pairs in different colours I'm now a believer and I'll be buying more very soon. Check out Frances' post for the special code which offers free postage down under until the end of August.