In 2005 in my final year of University I went to Uganda to make a short film, whilst I was there I brought two piece of bold African printed fabric in a market in Kampala. The first I made my first ever piece of clothing with, a long A line skirt with a zip that my mum helped make. I didn’t do my measurements before hand and ended making it a tad too small. I still wore it though and it felt like a real accomplishment.
The other piece of fabric has been moving house with me, from airing cupboard to airing cupboard ever since then – until now that is! I finally took the plunge and chopped it up to make a summer skirt. I decided on a Simplicity pattern, mainly because it was on sale when I was having a look online! Supposedly the good thing about these patterns is that you get a few different garments in every pack but I’ve never ended up making more than one piece of clothing from a pack of patterns.
Luckily I washed the fabric first because it pulled in a few places, shrank considerably and warped a bit too. I think this skirt will be hand wash only from now on!
The fabric is thin so I lined it in black cotton, I meant to line the pockets but got a bit carried away and forgot! The pockets are a bit floppy so it might have done them good to be lined in a heavier fabric.
Must remember to smile…need to get better at posing if this blog is going to continue…
- This was quick to make and I’m pleased I’ve finally used my Ugandan fabric!
- I like the way I cut the pattern on the pockets with the writing at the top and the chevron going down to the bottom of the pocket.
- This is the first time I’ve used French seams and I will NEVER go back!
Room for improvement?
- Floppy pockets look a little odd when you don’t have your hands in them
- I probably could have made this a size smaller
- An elasticated waist band has never been flattering
- The fabric warped so the pattern isn’t exactly matched going around the hem
French seams…I’ll let the experts at Collette explain the process!