Moving house and laptop repairs

Just when you’re getting into the swing of things, something inevitably comes along to stall progress! Betty, my beloved Macbook, is at the Apple doctors at the moment after months of attempting to work with a faulty trackpad. (a nightmare when editing images, let me tell you)

I’ve also moved out of my Cardiff place and back with my parents until I get full-time work. Hands up who hates packing? Yeah, me too…

I’ll get back on track as soon as Betty’s back in town. In the meantime, check out the following:

  • Sarai of Colette Patterns has touched on an issue I’ve been thinking about lately, sustainability in clothing. Do you make your clothes to last? I try to, but I’ve definitely had a few zips break on me lately…
  • Julia over at Thread Carefully made a fab dress for her friend to wear at her civil partnership. Check out the results and her progress here.
  • Zoe’s released her first-ever free pattern! It’s a vest top, a great basic if you need some extra layers in Winter or a cool top for Summer.

The Graduation Skirt

A big part of the Seamless pledge is bringing focus back to the handmade and refashioned items in my wardrobe. Sewing progress is a lot slower nowadays, but I still have a few projects up my sleeves ready to share, and this is where this scallop waist circle skirt comes into the picture.

As some of you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of making things especially for big occasions; in the past I’ve made clothes for university balls, interviews and weddings. There’s something deliciously satisfying about wearing something you’ve made yourself, but even more so when you have a certain occasion in mind. When it came to graduating from Swansea University, I wanted to make sure I wore at least one handmade item.

scallop waist skirt blue
Elena Cresci BA, in case you wondered… (show off)

Using Vivat Veritas’s free pattern and tutorial from Grosgrain‘s month of free patterns, I made a royal blue circle skirt especially for the occasion. The bright blue gabardine didn’t exactly match the ridiculous graduation robes, which featured the most delightful shade of maroon, but I won’t tell if you don’t…

The pattern itself was so easy to sew up. Circle skirts are easy to draft yourself and there are plenty of tutorials online, including great ones from Gertie and . Chie of Vivat Veritas has done all the work for you on this pattern, meaning a lot less maths on your part! My inner maths-hating child was delighted.

There’s a nice little variation on the circle skirt theme with Chie’s pattern in the scalloped waistband. Scallops are becoming quite the trend from what I’ve seen on the online sewing community – as you can see from the newly released Colette Sewing Handbook which features the Meringue skirt with a scalloped hem. Lovely! Mine didn’t turn out quite as even as hoped, but I liked the effect anyway.

One problem I’ve found is the top of the waistband curves over so you can’t really see the shape. It’s not too big a problem, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent this effect? Also, the back waistband doesn’t quite line up. Something to work on in future projects!

As for graduation – I may have spent most of it pretending I’d finally received my letter to Hogwarts. Standard practice really if you’re given robes and a silly hat. Is it any wonder I renamed it Wizard Day?

If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!