I’ve started reaching the problems of a long-term sewing addiction. One such problem is skirts, when you have either that one pattern that fits like a dream, or some blocks for pattern drafting, all other skirts pale in comparison. You’ll always be thinking, if the pocket could be a bit lower, if I could take in the dart, or simply change the length a bit. But now my problem is me. As my first skirt frenzy was two years ago now (seems yesterday) all of my skirts have dramatically decreased in length. Most of my skirts were a fairly modest length, a little above the knees, but now they’re all hallway up the thigh (and that’s the good ones!) So I’ve started a new skirt scheme. I’ll do a little post and what I hope to create as my skirt situation is getting embarrassing!
The first installment was my wrap skirt, a huge success that gets worn weekly. My only problem with it is the itch of the wool. It was time for the updated version! You may remember the wool from this jacket, the other most worn item in my wardrobe. I figured this fabric had some kind of magical, wearable fairy dust, so whatever skirt I made would be worn to pieces!
I decided to play it safe with a simple mini skirt. All of my skirts are high-waisted so I did a lower rise as well. I also added nice big pockets, with stripy linings! There’s a metal zip in the back, and a shaped waistband as well.
I’ll be back with some photos from Sweden, I took nearly 1,000 pictures, so editing them down to even 50 is hard, let alone 10 or 20! I also have exciting new fashion related plans to share soon as well!
Sorry for the silence but I’m back now! I just got home from a trip to Sweden so expect more photos and posts soon…
Let me tell my least favourite thing about Irish weather, the wind. The rain isn’t so great but what you need to look out for is the wind. Particularly in winter we have this little thing called “wind chill factor”. So if you ever here an Irish weather report and they say it’s ten degrees plus wind chill factor, it’s actually more like six, closer to four if your near the sea.
So why am I ranting about Irish weather, again. Well cause last winter it hit me hard. Most of my scarves seemed too short to cover my face, and none of my cowls were tight enough to keep my nose its original colour, so I came out with a plan of campaign. First I showed you this cowl, tight enough and long enough to be super warm. This was it’s predecessor. This time last year I picked up a new skill, machine knitting, I was even able to get some lessons so that I could know the basics. I pondered what to make, I loved the idea of a boxy sweater but knew it would be a little too hard, so I made the easiest thing possible, a scarf! And I’m in love. The yarn is merino wool from yeoman yarns and it’s so soft and snuggly. It’s also quite nice on your wallet too. 500 yards for €20. For this scarf I cast on around 80 stitches and then knit a thousand rows. Yep a thousand, a feat considered impossible with hand knit due to the thinness of the yarn. I blocked it for a day and have been wearing it ever since.
The scarf’s first outing was last march when we travelled to London. It was amazing, you could wrap it once to be chic, twice to be warm, and three times to be cosy. When I say I’ve been wearing this non-stop, I mean it, I’ve barley touched my other scarves this winter due to the supremacy of this one… In fact I’m almost tempted to saunter around the house while wearing it just for fun…
I’ve already started dreaming about long summer nights, wearing denim shorts and white t-shirts… Also being able to get to the beach, the place where this photo was taken. I’m hoping to get to our local beach more often this year as rain or shine I love the sea. In summer I lounge on the sand contemplating whether or not to take the plunge and dive in, and in winter I scavenge the sand for shells, rocks and other forgotten treasures.
Right now, I’m cooped up inside, although I do have my sewing machine and a growing yarn stash…
Ta-da! Do you ever has those times where you just want to be a kid. To run around and plait your hair and wear as many sparkles as possible. Well this morning I had that feeling.
I was lazily looking through my wardrobe as for what to wear when I spotted this skirt. An old Parisian relic that hasn’t been touched in years. My hand then clobbered through the mountain of doom that is my t-shirt pile to save this top. An old-ish make.
This was my first ever knit top, and the reason I havn’t worn it is because it was a bit of a failure, or at least it was in my eyes. The basic pattern was drafted wrong and I had to take huge amounts out of the shoulder. The tops only saviour was the fabric. A gorgeously soft cotton whose touch and colour always makes me smile.
So why the change of heart.. After pairing the skirt and top together I got vivid flashbacks of my six-year-old self, who would have deeply approved of this look. It was the age when pink was old and purple was king! Turning myself into a more stylish six-year-old I hunted for old bracelets and earrings to turn myself into this new persona. Finding old Astrix comics and badges (I loved badges!) With my look deemed complete I headed out, equipped with a camera and tripod and my natural three-year old smile!
Let me tell you, pretending to be a kid is seriously fun! Not the whining moaning one, but the kid who isn’ self-concious in any way, who acts how they want, when they want. Where life is this huge adventure that you can’t even begin to comprehend. A fun morning? Lets just say I got so into character I took over 340 shots!
And a final shout out to this little dragon-fly, possibly my most favourite thing as a little girl. I wouldn’t even really wear it, just carry it around my room, and inspect it in my hands. I find it only mildly cute that I choose this piece of nostalgia to end this post… Till next time, I hope you all give a little thought to your own six-year-old selves this week too!
Continuing on from my now yearly tradition, here’s the last year in photos. Each month title links to all the posts from that month. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful 2014. I also wanted to write out a few resolutions as well.
1.) To take more location photos. I’m still a bit of a wimp when it comes to garment posts in the outdoors. I want to make these photos more interesting and unique.
2.) To make more fitted clothing. I now own, truly beautiful, fitted blocks on which to make my patterns, so why does it seem that everything I make it loose.
3.) To make more bottoms. Most of the things I made this year were tops or dresses, I made a few skirts, however only one of them actually works in my wardrobe, also I want to make shorts. Summer shorts, winter shorts, fitted, loose, daytime, pyjamas… lots of shorts!
4.) Knit more garments. I end up knitting a lot of accessories almost by accident but due to the planning needed for a proper garments I only knitted one garment this year, one was posted this year although it was made last year.
I would like to be able to supply a fifth resolution but so far I don’t have any other sewing concerns. Another resolution, unrelated to sewing, is to put up some more pictures of my art. I said I would yet I’ve posted nothing…. Sorry
I’ll be back soon with more fun in 2014!