See, all that work on Tilly’s Sewing Productivity Project wasn’t just procrastination! I’ve spent a couple of days sewing over the long weekend (though now I have coldy-migraine-y badness going on, so bleh!).
Speaking of Tilly’s project, she has collated an excellent list of tips from the various participants: go look up some tips for sewing productivity. I might make these into a pretty list to print out, laminate and put on my pinboard!
As for what I’ve been doing, I made a super-simple dirndl skirt (sorry, I’m feeling too ill to model it! Also, it’s a bit crinkled, as I’ve been wearing it!):
The fabric was £1 from my craft class – the zip actually cost more than the fabric! The photos really don’t do this fabric justice – it changes so much in different lighting and at different angles, from a turquoise-green to a golden orange and even a strange, almost sagey green. Very odd. There was no pattern – dirndl skirts are so simple and easy, you just use a couple of rectangles and some gathering. I did use this tutorial to help me work out how to do the waistband:
As I was a bit tight on fabric (it was basically a scrap that was just big enough to get two rectangles for the skirt with a long strip coming off it that I used for the waistband), I used bias binding for the hem, which I also used a decorative topstitch on:
I used the same stitch on the waistband, which also features my first ever zip (shock, horror!):
Using Michelle’s tutorial from Sew, Mama, Sew made the job easy, though I basted the zip in place instead of using glue.
And there was another pretty thing made over the weekend, but that’s for another time. In the meantime, here’s a little teaser: