Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Viola Skirt


This weekend I made a skirt! I went to Sew Me Something in Stratford-upon-Avon. I know, crazy or what?! I set off at 6am yesterday and got to Stratford just before 9am. The town was buzzing with celebrations for Shakespeare's birthday, but I didn't get a chance to explore as I was ravenously hungry and needed a second breakfast! A pot of tea and a Danish pastry set me up nicely...




I posted a photo of my breakfast on Instagram and Jules, owner of Sew Me Something, replied and told me to come on over to choose my fabrics. I'd already taken a look in their Emporium online and had chosen one fabric. I needed a second to provide the contrast. The class I was taking was to make a Viola skirt. It's a very cleverly designed reversible skirt with contrast piping. These are the fabrics I chose, with bright pink buttons to fasten it. 





I took a class here last year when I made my Kate dress, so I already knew what a good teacher Jules was - calm and patient. There were six of us in the class;  it was so interesting to see how our fabric choices made the finished skirt look so different. Mine is definitely one for the summer, but I want to make another one in corduroy with a cotton contrast for cooler weather.








My modelled photos are rubbish because I took them in the mirror. I will try to get some more taken soon so that you can see just how lovely this skirt is - both sides! It makes it a very handy item for taking on holiday as you get two skirts for the price of one! 




Florence of course was most disgruntled that I'd not been at her beck and call all day and has demanded lots of cuddles today. We've been out in the garden, sitting on the bench and enjoying the sunshine. She absolutely loves being brushed, which is pretty surprising considering how uncooperative she is about most things!




There's still time to enter my latest giveaway here. I'll be back soon to tell you all about Yarn Shop Day 2017. It's all rather exciting! xxx


12 comments:

Judy said...

What a darling skirt, Helen. I love the fabrics and buttons you chose. It is so fun to know that you now have two new skirts instead of just one.

VeggieMummy said...

Well done you, your skirt is fab and that floral fabric is perfect. Hugs to the ever gorgeous Flo. xx

Cindy said...

Love your skirt! I sewed most of my clothes in high school many years ago and your skirt reminds me of all the wrap-a-round skirts I wore. So cute!!

Anita said...

I love the two fabrics you put together and the skirt
has turned out lovely. It's amazing how much of a price
difference there is between buying or making a skirt.

Jules said...

It's fab! And what gorgeous fabrics. I would love to be able to create something like that. X

Spinthrift said...

That is beautiful! Did you finish it all in a day???! It looks like you have made a fab job of it; I would love to see the reverse side too.

Jenny said...

That looks like something out of the Boden catalogue, impressive indeed but even more impressive that you got up at 6 am to travel to the class. Glad you fitted in some Flo time over the weekend too, so important.

zetor said...

That skirt is amazing, well done!! Would love to see your 'Kate dress' sometime, really like that pattern.

Lynne said...

Your skirt is amazing, and I didn't realise it's reversible! I am off to click on the link to the shop because that green flowery fabric is gorgeous...

janerow said...

Its a beautiful skirt and so neat wonderful sewing it has made me determined to give sewing a try.
Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

Best wishes
Jane

Hattie Tavares said...

SO in love with the skirt!!! The fabrics you chose are amazing.

Snoopydog said...

I just love this skirt and now have seen the actual item, I love it even more. The fabric is so pretty and such a clever pattern! X