My latest sewing project and a favourite recent thrifting find.
After well and truly catching the dressmaking bug at my Red Thread Studio course during the Summer – which on this cold, crisp November morning feels like a lifetime ago – I was itching to get started on a new project. Having tried my hand at a Summer dress and enjoying the results, next on my to-make list was a versatile skirt for autumn/ winter. Here are the results of my sewing endeavours.
The great thing about dressmaking is translating an idea in your head into the finished product – I could visualise exactly the kind of style I had in mind. I love midi lengths and I wanted to make a tweedy skirt that would be perfect for the colder weather. When I found this grey fabric I thought it would be a great match for a ladylike midi. I love the subtle puppytooth pattern combined with the red check, although in hindsight the print did make matching more difficult (not to mention time-consuming) I’m pretty pleased with the results!
I didn’t find the exact pattern I was after, but this Butterick one was pretty close and I adapted it to make it longer. The pattern was supposedly ‘very easy’, but I think it made the pleats more complicated than they needed to be! That said, I do enjoy immersing myself in a sewing project for an hour or two at a time, and the finished product was worth the faff. Thanks to the colour and style, the skirt goes with everything – exactly the kind of versatile piece I had hoped to make.
Not long after finishing the skirt, I found this 1970s blouse in one of my favourite Edinburgh vintage shops Herman Brown, and thought it would be a match made in heaven. I love the ’70s take on Edwardian style that was so popular at the time thanks to the likes of Laura Ashley, and adore the stand-up collar, puffy sleeves and lace detailing. I felt a bit like Beatrix Potter in this ensemble, which I think is no bad thing – there’s nothing wrong with a bit of prim and proper if you ask me!
What have you been making and thrifting recently?
What I’m wearing: handmade skirt, vintage blouse from Herman Brown Edinburgh, Clarks boots & oxblood Cambridge Satchel.