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6 Signs You’re A Selfish Sewer

1. When invited to join Selfish Sewing Week and sew for yourself, you jump in without a moment’s hesitation. ssw logo final 350 px 2. You immediately clear your schedule – ignore messy house, overgrown garden and hungry children – and get stuck into sewing!

Make It Perfect Waterfall Blouse in organic cotton batiste and Burdastyle shorts in cotton/linen mix
#Selfishsewing Make It Perfect Waterfall Blouse in organic cotton batiste and Burdastyle shorts in cotton/linen mix
Yoke detail and gathering.
Yoke detail and gathering.

3. You choose a quick and easy pattern so you can double your selfishness and crank out two new tops at once!

Make it Perfect Waterfall Blouse front view
Make it Perfect Waterfall Blouse front view
Make It Perfect Waterfall blouse back view
Make It Perfect Waterfall blouse back view

4. You don’t skimp on fabric. You dive straight in with good designer stuff you’ve been coveting – because you’re worth it!

Cotton shirting by Italian designer Missoni
Cotton shirting by Italian designer Missoni
Waterfall Blouse shoulder seam
Waterfall Blouse shoulder seam

5. You take time to sew with RTW (ready-to-wear) details like French seams because your self-made clothes are investment pieces.

Summer pastels
#Selfish Sewing – Summer pastels

6. Finally you gloat about your achievements and boast about them to everyone (see Kollabora.com for more selfishness).

What are you selfishly stitching? Let me know in the comments below.

The Details

PatternMake It Perfect Waterfall Blouse digital download

Fabric – One metre of organic cotton batiste from Lebenskleidung and one metre of Italian designer Missoni cotton from Anita Pavani onlineshop.

Sponsor – Thanks Rachael from Imagine Gnats.

The Schwarzwald Skirt Collection Autumn/Winter 2013 – Skirt Two -‘Forest Foliage’

This is the second skirt from my ‘Black  Forest’ skirt collection using Burdastyle 12/2012 #105 skirt pattern. This pattern has only two pattern pieces, is beginner friendly and can be made from less than one metre of fabric which make it pretty fab IMO!

Burdastyle skirt pattern 12/2012 #105
Burdastyle skirt pattern 12/2012 #105

The autumn coloured leaves in the forest inspired me so this skirt is aptly named ‘Forest Foliage’.

The Black Forest foliage, Germany
The Black Forest foliage, Germany

I used a wool knit by Italian designer Missoni bought at this year’s Hollander Stoff Markt in Germany. I love the autumnal colours!

P1280743 I wasn’t sure whether a wool knit would work for this pattern but I didn’t alter anything and it seems fine. Phew!

P1280729 I used the same Petersham ribbon for the waistband as I did for my first version of this skirt. I also lined it with a viscose lining using the same pattern pieces as the outer fabric.

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My main concern with this fabric was whether I could match the stripes up at the seams, but I think I just about pulled it off on the side seams!

The misbehaving back seam!
The misbehaving back seam!

The stripes on the back seam with the zip refused to play nicely though! I unpicked the zip a few times but couldn’t get those deviant stripes to behave themselves and sewing invisible zips into wool knits isn’t a barrel of laughs I can tell you! Finally I surrendered to the wonky stripes!

Clingy fit!
Clingy fit!

Overall I’m happy with how this skirt turned out! The fabric is really comfy to wear and importantly for this time of year, it’s also cosy and warm! The fit of the skirt in the knit is a bit clingier than the other two skirts I’ve made from this pattern – as you can see in this semi-action photo above.

A bonus of using the Missoni fabric was that I could use the selvedge edge as the hem which eliminated a step in the sewing process and speeded up the making of this skirt. Much appreciated! Cheers Missoni!

To round off this ‘Black Forest’ skirt collection, I’ll post the final of the skirt trio next week. Until then, here’s a sneak peak of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Skirt’!

'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Skirt'
‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Skirt’

Later!

Christine

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