Monday, July 2, 2012

The Skirt of Spot


As we worked behind the scenes in the lead-up to the Tessuti Awards, there was much discussion, planning, conversations, ideas and thoughts around the theme of 'Spots and Stripes'. Stripes, I've always loved 'em (and always will). Spots, on the other hand, take 'em or leave 'em. Until now.



Earlier this year, I started weekly sewing lessons with Vikki Leigh Martin. Really, I just got so tired of hearing that little voice in my head - mid-project - saying "Lisa, I'm sure there's a better way to do this" (or, conversely, "you *&%$! fool...why did you just DO that!?"). And let's not forget the fact that now - for at least a minimum of two hours a week - it's just me and my sewing machine. Sewing. We're good like that. I've gone right back to beginner basics and, being predominantly self-taught, have already learnt so much. This skirt was my first project proper, and is modified from this (OOP) Simplicity pattern, part of Vikki's Start to Sew 1 course.


The back zipper is lapped (my first lapped zip!) and the skirt has a kick pleat (my first kick pleat!). The fabric is Lappi Black Spot, a cotton/elastane that provides the perfect weight for a fitted yet comfortable pencil skirt. It's fully lined with a stretchy, crepe remnant from the stash.

I've got some more spots on the go (this time, a top), along with another (spot-free) skirt. Stay tuned...


10 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Loving the fabric and the kick pleat- kudos!

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  2. Fab skirt although I also prefer lines to spots. I signed up for the couture dress course on Craftsy.com. Being a self-taught seamstress has its good sides, but pros can always teach you a few tricks of the trade.

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  3. Fab work Lisa! Now where can I get one of those flat stomachs, too??

    I have totally lost my sewing mojo - have been sewing for years but lost my confidence... Blah! Maybe I better start with something simple, too.

    Thanks for the continuing inspiration!

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  4. Great Skirt! I have tendency to make skirts in solids & stripes and blouses & dresses in prints. Your skirt has motivated me to think outside the box...

    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com

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  5. Great skirt Lisa - love those spots too. Congrats on the lessons, you'll learn heaps!

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  6. Such a beautiful fit. Did you modify much? I'm always going for this perfect pencil shape and having to tweak everything to get it!

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  7. Wow! The fit is spot-on! Hehehe

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  8. Wow! It looks expensive! The fit and choice of fabric is perfect.

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  9. Thanks all.
    Cirque Du Bebe - there were a few adjustments made. I made it true to pattern sizing and it needed a good 1.5cm taken in from each side seam to accommodate stretch and fit. It was also tapered in to give it more shape.

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  10. Oh I love your skirt - the spots are fabulous.

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