I had a vision

Hello all,

Hope you have had a wonderful sunny Sunday.  I have just got back from a weekend Hen-do in Bath which was great fun and proved to me that the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun mantra is just as true for Hens who are 40/50 something is it is for the younger chicks.

I was SO lucky to receive as a gift from Ms Sew South London as metre of fabric she had bought in Hong Kong and posted because she thought it was very me and that I might like to make a Sorbetto out of it.  Well, as you know I make a Sorbetto out of practically every piece of fabric I have but nearly always as the second piece – i.e. my Scraps Sorbettos.  I really felt that such a lovely gift deserved to be used on a garment which would show off the fabric and felt that Tilly’s Clemence  skirt from Love at First Stitch was calling to me. By co-incidence a week or so before I had treated myself to some gorgeous shoes in the sales which were a coral colour and perfectly match some of the little handbags on the skirt.  I had a vision that I would waft around and look as glamorous as Tilly.  Well, it was a vision that sadly did not come to fruition!

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The instructions for the skirt were very good. I am certainly enjoying working my way through Love at First Stich and would highly recommend it – the technique I most enjoyed on this pattern was “sewing in the ditch”. As I had a metre I went right up to the selvedge and reduced the waistband by half; this was a mistake and unnecessary.  I think the skirt would actually look better for being a bit shorter.  What do you think?

This should be an out-take really - it's me trying to flatten my tummy for the photo

This should be an out-take really – it’s me trying to flatten my tummy for the photo

I decided to see if I could get away with wearing the shoes without tights.  The answer to that question is No – I only went to the local coffee shop to meet a friend and by the time I had walked back, I had an enormous blister!

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All of which has led me to consider another vision.  I think this skirt will look absolutely cracking in early autumn with navy tights, my coral shoes and a plain navy top. I am really looking forward to showing you another photo of this come September when I have styled it in work mode. It is exactly the sort of garment that my students will really enjoy and comment upon.

It is so lovely to have become part of our sewing community and to have made on-line friends like Rachel – it really was the most up-lifting experience to receive something in the post unexpectedly.

Toodle pip for now but there will be another post in a couple of days to celebrate a special birthday!

Clarinda x

Funky fabric and what it is destined to become

Funky fabric and what it is destined to become

 

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23 responses

  1. Love it! I agree that it would look great with tights and shoes in the winter, and I like the length as it is. Maybe try it with some tights before shortening it?

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  2. Its super cute! I think you look great in it, but it will also look fab with tights etc for work! Would it work with any of your hasbeens for non tight wearing weather?

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  3. I love the fabric and it was a great choice making it into a Clemence. I think the length is spot on, it suits you very well. This would be an all year skirt in my opinion – lovely with tops and sandals and equally lovely with jumpers and boots! A fab make once again x

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  4. Love this! So so cute! I actually like the length. Funny what you say about stitching in the ditch – that’s my least favourite part of the pattern!! (On my last one I slipstitched that part instead!)

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  5. A big hello! from Bath. I’m really enjoying your blog. I love your fabric, you look fab in the skirt just the way it is.

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  6. The fabric is so great! It really holds the shape of the skirt in such a nice way. The length makes it look a bit more formal but the print is so fun though it gives it a great fun/formal look and a can see a plain shirt going well with this skirt too.
    Love the shoes!! They were the Orla Kiely collection! Can’t believe they didn’t all sell out!

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