One craft I remember my mother doing was reupholstering my desk chair in my bedroom.
The original was a lovely cream textured cover but you could just imagine how long that would stay looking nice in a grubby teenage bedroom.
The fabric she chose was this nice black tapestry style. The offcuts followed us around for years and I’d always wanted to do something with it.
Around the same time she covered the chair I made myself a needle book which I still use today. But there remained a sizable scrap.
This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.
Here’s one of my favourites! However I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it…
This one gets its name from the swingin sixties design of the fabric combined with the putrid smell of cigarette smoke (NICotine!!!) and old man that terrorised my nostrils when steam pressing it.
Other than that, this skirt is awesome. After I finished making it an before its final press, I tried the following:
- washed it normally.
- washed it with eucalyptus.
- soaked it.
- dried it.
- soaked it in vinegar.
- hung it out in the sun.
- forgot about it.
- left it in the rain for three days.
I’ve yet to steam pressed it again to see if my efforts worked, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the illusion of having a larger wardrobe.
Clyde Pencil Skirt. So named after the photo filter effect on my photo editing app on my phone.
Clydette is the more feminine of two skirts cut from the same length of wool I found in an opshop.
I’m pretty much nailing all my pencil skirt dreams so I figured it was time to shake it up a bit. Having tried a few portrait blouses from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, I decided to try one of the pencil skirt modifications.
I couldn’t tell you how I managed to pull that peak off. It mystified me.
Look at the ruffles!
I knew when I made this into a pencil skirt it would have to be named with a reference to hot librarian teachers who don’t take silliness from students.
I came across this square of fabric several times while growing up. As the years passed it moved with us untill a year or two ago when I found it amongst some fabrics and curtains from the old house. Well then, I thought, I’ll have it now that I can sew.
Lo it was in my pile of things to sew when my mum was over. She smiled and touched it, remembering she bought the fabric when our family dog was a puppy to make a bed for him.
Our old dog had a long happy life and died aged 15 years some time ago! It was decided then I would name the skirt in his memory.
What a royal doggy bed it would have been. Now it’s a royal pencil skirt welcome for any new family pet to have a nap on (preferably while I’m wearing it.)!
Another wool from an opshop, but not stretchy this time. It kept moving about as a cut and sewed it.
Vintage button thanks to me Nan.
A stretchy wool found in an opshop.
Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had happy holidays and settling into another year quite well. I am. This year I have only one ambition and that is to Be Relaxed.
Whatever else that I happen to get done and achieve is a bonus. Yay!
2013 saw a trend of batch-crafting on this blog. Months of intense crafting followed by months of intense nothing. I was much happier in 2012 where the crafting and posting was timely and consistent, before things went wacky. But 2014 is an even number with only one odd number in it so as always things are already different this year.
As a result I have a batch of Pencil Skirts from the end of 2013 that need posting about! What I have planned for you now is an onslaught of Pencil Skirt posts in the form of Mug Shots, one per day until we are done. The Final Post will be Something Rather Different, then we will start on 2014 projects. Hooray!
First up: The Bat Pencil Skirt.
It seems this fabric will never end. I got it from an op shop years ago now and made the Batface Dress from it with tons to spare. So it went in the Pencil Skirt Party pile and I still have enough left over for something else.
Nice job 99, if I do say so myself.
However, a plain ‘ol maroon pencil skirt wasn’t enough for me and I’ve started embellishing it with black sequins. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Here we are, the last item from my day in the sun camera in hand. We are now officially up to date with sewing projects.
This is another opshop-found fabric, but this one was long enough to make the below-the-knee length skirt I like. I love the satin stitch diamond pattern!
This fabric has been in my stash for nearly two years – when I started sewing I didn’t imagine I’d be the kind to have a sewing stash with fabric that old in it! Somehow when buying the little roll at the thrift store, I thought this skirt might never be made. I must have been having a bad day as I do believe in unicorns and dreams do come true.
I wanted to try something different with the waistband fastening here, a pretty lone button from my collection was perfect! Please disregard the pink chalk lines… I promise I washed it off before wearing 🙂
Such a lovely vent.
Sewing dreams do come true 🙂