Hey guys n gals,
Long time no sew! The truth is I’ve been working on a few things at the same time, but haven’t exactly gotten around to finishing any. I’ve been sashaying around in my embroidered denim jacket far too much to worry about following through with projects.
I don’t have a cost for you on this project because everything was free! The amazing paisley silk was a present from my sister when she travelled to India (nearly 2 years ago!). It was just 1 meter so I was never sure what to make with it, but when Alexa’s M&S pie crust blouse came out, I knew that the paisley’s time had come.
Yes, I know it’s incredibly brave of me to have a photo of Alexa Chung on the same web page as my own face, but I had to show you where I was coming from with this. You can see that my pie crust is smaller that hers, and I haven’t got the frilly yolk either. This is mainly because I doubt my ability to pull it off, and also slightly because yolks are a bit too much effort.
The other thing I should tell you about this make is that I did it almost entirely by hand! I started it when I was at my mums without a sewing machine, and machine sewing on nice silk can always be a bit slippery and tricky, so I went and did everything by hand over a weekend as I caught up on Project Runway and ate apple crumble. If you too are nervous about delicate fabrics and find stitching meditative, I’d recommend you try the ol’ school way too. You’ll get real neat and tiny rolled hems.
In addition to the 1m of fabric, I used a scrap of old ribbon and an old button for the back fastening.
And that’s it.
Let’s not leave it so long next time.
Fig 1. Me being creepy
So this project is ultra easy and ultra affordable. I’ve made a simple wrap skirt for the cost of £2.99 when in shops they’re £30 or more.
It’s made of two rectangles of fabric and doesn’t have any fastenings or anything to worry about. You can use any non-stretch fabric that takes your fancy. I like viscosey fabrics because they handle nicely, don’t crease too much, come in lots of patterns, and are widely available at fabric shops and market stalls. I got mine from a market stall in Tooting, but you’ll be able to find similar stuff anywhere.
I’ve recommended a pattern that uses your hip width of fabric plus 30cm, which gives a decent overlap but a considerable split up the side. If you want to be more covered up, feel free to use more fabric.
This is a perfect first-timer’s project. Please have a go and let me know how you get on. Good luck!
So, here’s my first post! It’s inspired by all the 70’s style dresses that are out there at the minute. Except this one only cost me £4.43. Exactly how much it will cost depends on how much fabric you need- this is determined by the measurement of the widest part of your hips/booty area plus around 30cm. I was lucky that whilst I only ordered a meter of fabric, I actually received over 120cm, and this was fine for me.
I’ve tried to break down the steps in an easy way. Being a guerilla seamstress, I didn’t bother with making a pattern, but if it makes you feel better, of course you can draft the shape you want on paper, and then use it as a template for when you’re ready for the fabric.
I’ve illustrated all of the steps below, and also made a video (I’m afraid filming this stuff isn’t that easy on a big clunky laptop, but it will hopefully give you the guidance you need). I hope you have a go. Let me know how you do!