Wow, it’s been a long break since I’ve last posted here! That’s not because I haven’t been sewing, I have kept a good project a week pace on average in the last month, but between family visitors, an increasing workload and the start of a new college year I’ve been too busy to photograph any of my work, let alone post about it. I finished this skirt weeks ago now and I have only got around to photographing it now because the combination of the warm dusk light and autumnal leaves was too impossible to miss. So I grabbed my camera and tripod and set up in the middle of the pavement during rush hour and snapped away like a total narcissist before the sun set.
I’ve been meaning to make the Gabriola for ages now but I’ve been holding out for a rayon print that I actually like. Spotlight must have been listening to my many a comment about how rayon is drastically under represented in fabric shops I frequent and they have recently brought out a pretty good range of interesting and pretty modern rayon prints. I think I might have bought at least eight metres of rayon in Spotlight in the last month alone! Just imaging the damage I could do if Spoonflower started to offer it (wink wink).
Anyway, not bothering with a toile, I decided that despite my measurements making me a Sewaholic size 8, measuring the waistband pattern piece actually made me a size 4 instead as that came pretty close to my exact waist measurement. It fits like a charm so there you go! It was a real pleasure to sew. In fact the only real challenge was cutting it all out as this baby takes up a lot of fabric and if you want to get the most out of your fabric, you’ll need a large bit of floor to cut it out on.
I was so close to the amount of fabric I needed that I didn’t even bother pattern matching and I’m glad I didn’t. There is no way you could. The pattern on the fabric is so jaunty and the skirt panels are angled in such a way as to bring the pattern in and out of alignment naturally as it falls down each seam. Trying would have been a waste of effort and I actually like the mixture of print directions on the finished skirt anyway. I think it makes the panels stand out on the yoke.
So anyway, as the temperatures fall and the time turns back an hour what has become of those summer sewing plans? Well not much progress since last time, but I shan’t feel too bad. Much of my stash is made up of fabrics best suited to the warmer months so I imagine that I’ll keep churning out the summery dresses despite the temperature. And I really need to reduce the stash as I have a cunning plan for my sewing next year and I cannot justify fabric purchases for those plans until I have used up a little of what I already have. So, until next time (and I promise it won’t be so long until next time) wrap up warm and I’ll see you soon.