Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Introduction to Dressmaking – Sample Skirt!

Following on from the mass listing of workshops for the autumn, I thought I had better get on with making the sample items for each workshop… Though I am currently temporarily distracted by my Ravellenic Games projects (2 down, 2 underway, 2 more to start before the games finishes – more on those to follow…) I have managed to get my skirt finished that will be the project of the Introduction to Dressmaking course which starts in mid-September.

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This lovely pattern (Butterick 4686 – View C) is flattering to a variety of figures and is also very sympathetic for new sewers… Though it it designed to fit just below the waist, the wide curved peplum waistband enables it to sit at a number of points on your hips depending on your current cake consumption (!) and the accuracy of your seams! The skirt is beautifully full and twirly but not overly girly, depending on your fabric choice. The smooth skirt shape is flattering for curves and provides shape to boyish figures… All in all, a great go-to pattern.

The sewing skills you will learn by making this skirt include:

  • seams and finishing
  • zip insertion
  • hook and eye fastening
  • facing, interfacing and understitching
  • slip stitching and hemming

not to mention the commercial pattern usage, trimming and sizing elements too.

I used a simple craft cotton called Heirloom Rose by Joel Dewbury, but there are many and various weights and styles that could be used with the pattern. Guidance and suggestions for types and sources of fabrics will be given when you sign up to the course, which requires you have a PAT-tested and fully functioning sewing machine at your disposal to take part.

Book your place now, or put it in your ‘to do’ list for the new year: January evening classes will be listed shortly so sign up to our mailing list to be notified of updates.

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