Sunday, 29 November 2015

Scrappy Skirt 2 - The Everyday Version.

This skirt came close to being a UFO which I have so far avoided in my sewing room ( piles of mending and altering tell a different story ).
I sewed two skirts several years ago using this peached cavalry drill from Spotlight. I dilligently followed the pattern suggestions for fabric allowances so had a large grrr  when there were generous remnants leftover  not enough for a garment .A couple of years ago I had a lightbulb moment when I realised that combining the fabrics would give enough material for a skirt and being the same drill and toning colours it should sew up well.

I used a pattern from my Knipmode supplement from October 2010 and finally decided dark on the
bottom , waist band and hips ( supposedly to provide an illusion of slimness) . But the resulting skirt was a bit boring for me. I like patterns, textures, any kind of interest . And this is why this skirt was almost a UFO because it took ages to decide on an embellishment. I found lots of beautiful inspiration on the internet but I currently don't have the time to fulfill those kinds of projects.
I checked out Mum's whizzbang price of a small car embroidery sewing machine and she had some really lovely inbuilt designs so I just went with that. Mum and I had fun choosing some colours and I helped snip the threads . We left the back just plain.
The knipmode skirt pattern came together really well . I even managed to use small cotton voile scraps for the waistband lining and inner pockets.

I have discovered that sewing up my scraps has been one of my favourite sewing activities this year. I have had to think of creative ways to make it work and  it feels good not to be wasting resources. 


  1. Terrific skirt. I love the embroidery details. How lucky to have the use of one of those expensive machines. I'd love to find some of that nice drill but can't seem to find those colours. I like using scraps and not wasting but it's also, as you say, the creativity and resourcefulness.

  2. I'm a great believer in using up scraps to make garments. This is so smart, and the lovely embroidery pulls it all together nicely.

  3. This is a great skirt Janine. The embroidery is such a brilliant idea.

  4. It's great when you can use remnants to make a special garment as you have here. I've been contemplating my rather large bag of disparate remnants lately, but nothing has inspired me yet!


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