Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Getting over my fear.

For a long time I have had a fear of making my own clothes, it is not just a fear of constructing them but a fear of them falling apart while I am wearing them. This fear is not unfounded, it actually happened to a dress a made with my mother about 20 years ago, it ripped up the back seam while I was wearing it. This put me off making clothes for a long time as I spent a lot of time and money making that dress!

Now I am older and wiser and have been greatly encouraged by friends who make their own clothes and this gave me the confidence to try again.

I made this skirt a while ago but didn't have time to post about it at the time. It is McCalls M5431. It is a retro tattoo design on the fabric with koi carp and dragons on it. I originally altered the pattern because according to the measurements it wouldn't have fitted but it ended up being to big!

So I decided to try and make it again with some fabric I found at the charity shop. It only cost £3 for about 3 metres! It is a lovely African block print with elephants and snakes on it, it is a lovely weight and hangs beautifully. I think it will make a lovely summer skirt.

I found some more fabric at the charity shop, this time 50p! It is a black with white polka dots and as soon as I saw it I knew what I was going to make with it. This time I tried something new!
It has pipping under the waist yoke and red satin binding around the hem. I think I need some red shiny shoes to go with this skirt! (please excuse the grubby mirror!)

Now my confidence is growing but I think I will have a rest from making skirts and tackle some tops next!


zimpenfish said...

Grubby mirror + two children = a solution presents itself...

Jeanette said...

OOh that second skirt is my fave, but the dotty one looks fun, you def need shiny red shoes!

Ann-Marie Dewhurst said...

Love the 50s looking spots!!!