After my success making my own pyjamas I was eager to get onto the next garment in the Love at First Stitch book, which was the Delphine Skirt. I decided to go for a denim skirt as it looks so good in the example and headed down to my local fabric store in Bedford.
Fabric stores do appear to be quite overwhelming and aren’t obviously labelled by weight or type of fabric, but the lady in Bedford Fabric World was very helpful in suggesting what I should get. I just took a list of what was recommended in the book.
I picked up some lovely soft medium-blue denim, some red cotton (that I plan to turn into a Megan dress from Love at First Stitch), and some of this black graphic polka print that caught my eye. There was only a metre left but I just couldn’t leave it, hoping that I would find something to use it for.
Once I got back home I put the denim straight in the washing machine to shrink it, dutifully following Tilly’s instructions. Unfortunately it took ages to dry, as I guess denim usually does! The black graphic fabric was washed and dry long before the denim was so I decided to try out the free pussy bow blouse pattern on Love Sewing magazine issue 2 that I had also picked up in Bedford.
This pattern had the absolute minimum instructions, a stark contrast to Tilly’s patterns. It is definitely designed for an experienced sewer, not a beginner like me. However, with a bit of Googling and some YouTube videos to help I managed to turn just one metre of fabric into a blouse.
It was tough work; I had to do a collar, and make my own bias binding! But I am absolutely delighted with the result. It’s been hard to take it off. It just goes with everything; jeans, cigarette trousers, skirts and more.
On Sunday evening the denim was finally dry and I began the Delphine Skirt. I was between sizes so I decided to make the larger size just to be safe. My biggest achievement making this skirt was my very first invisible zip. Zips are quite a challenge, the instructions took a few read throughs before they made sense but I’d like to think the zip on this skirt is as good as one you’d buy in a shop… maybe.
When I came to try on the finished garment it was unfortunately too big around the waist, and it really sticks out more than I would like, a bit too much of an A-line for me. I suspect that the patterns are designed to run large for comfort.
My plan is take in the side seams to reduce the width of the waist, and maybe reduce how much the skirt sticks out too but I’m not quite brave enough to do that yet. I think I may need another book to tackle alterations. Certainly, I need more YouTube videos.