I found this amazing fabric at a great little store on Columbia Rd, in East London - Beyond Fabrics http://www.beyond-fabrics.com/ . I hadn't planned to buy any fabric, but I had to have it, so bought 1.5m, maybe enough for a little 60's gathered skirt.
|'If she sews she knows' detail|
The fabric is by Michael Miller fabrics http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/ , who I was unaware of, but have since found out is an American firm who make loads of cute, retro prints.
Sometime in April...
As is usual, I let life take over, and didn't find time to plan what to make until April. I had a look through all of my patterns for something a bit early 60's, a bit Mad Men, and settled on these:
4th May -
Next, because the fabric is 100% cotton, I washed it on 30 degrees, to eliminate any shrinkage. No point doing all that work getting it to look just right, just to find its too small after the first wash!
The fabric's too see through to use on its own, so I'll have to line it. I always like to put colourful, contrast linings in, so I think I'll go for pink. So, off to my favourite fabric shop in the whole world -
|Dalston Mill Fabrics, Ridley Rd Market, Dalston, London, E8|
Right around the corner from my house, Dalston Mill Fabrics, a Tardis of fabric. Venture in, and you'll find 2 floors of every fabric you'll ever want, as well as haberdashery. And it's pretty cheap! http://www.dalstonmillfabrics.co.uk/ I get 1.5m of hot pink polyester lining.
11th May -
I start pinning together and sewing all of the pieces. To make the inside as neat as possible, I decide to use French seams throughout. Each seam gets sewn twice, once with wrong sides together at 1 cm, then trimmed down to 0.3 cm -
|First stage of French seam|
Then, turn the fabric so the right sides are facing, and sew the seam again at 0.5 cm -
I always like to sew my zips in by hand, mostly because I can never get them to look right when I sew them in with a machine
|Close up of button|
18th August - The final step!
Pin the lining in place, 2.5 cm shorter than the skirt, and sew in place by machine. Give the skirt a quick iron and its all done!
The finished skirt!
Tell me what you think!