Green skirt with lining

This skirt I made last year at the end of summer. It is based on another pattern I saw on the Burder Style website –   Ida Maria high waisted skirt .

This pattern is a great basic skirt pattern which can be easily modified for other great skirt designs. Essentially 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm x 70cm,  1 length of waistband fabric approx 80cm x 10cm and a zipper.

green African print skirt with zipper
green African print skirt with zipper

I modified the pattern slightly to include fixed pleats at the waist band rather than just gathered fabric along with adding lining to the skirt. The skirt has a zipper on the left side along with 1 press stud on the waistband.

green African print skirt with lining
green African print skirt with lining

Materials –
Africian print cotton fabric (about 1 metre)
Black polyester lining (approx 1 metre)
Zipper and press stud (popper)
Button
Sewing thread

New project – tailored “Party Pant”

mum's sewing cupboard
mum's sewing cupboard

When I was visiting my family in Australia last month  I spent couple of days back in my country town of Walcha. My home in Walcha fills me with very fond memories and this little impromptu visit gave me a chance to affectionately rummage through my mum’s sewing cupboard and see if there was anything I could “borrow” and add to my own “sewing studio” in London.

What I love most about this cupboard is the vast array zippers  and fabric of all lengths and colours, patterns and bits and bobs carefully packed into the small shelves and drawers.  I can remember clothing being made for me out of the fabric still in here. My mum didn’t like to throw any fabric away, believing it could be used later in another garment. I didn’t borrow any fabric, though I did find a few patterns which I liked the look of.

retro tailored trousers and shorts
retro tailored trousers and shorts

Here is one of the patterns that I have borrowed. It may have been purchased in the 80’s, though I’m unable to find a specific date on the pattern- I  just love the shorts with long socks look – very much a 70’s- 80’s style

I’ll be using this pattern as a starting point for my new project –  tailored  “Party Pant”.