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Vintage Fabric, New Skirt

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It’s been busy couple of weeks so this is coming a little later than I expected. However, I am resisting the urge to apologize because it’s my blog and that means I don’t have to apologise for not writing this sooner.

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My mum was having a clear out and I managed to score a load of fabrics and notions out of it. This fabric went top of the pile because the print is absolutely gorgeous. It’s I believe an 80’s cotton, and I thought it would make a lovely skirt.

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I traced a pattern from a mid length skirt from my wardrobe which I love- it was payment for helping out at a vintage sale a couple of years back and I think it was handmade for a theatre costume. To save time and tracing paper I used the same piece for front and back of the skirt. I wanted a centre back seam for the zip to be inserted into, so I simply drew that piece on the fold, adding seam allowance around the edges. I then added another line with seam allowance on the centre seam. Cut out one piece on the fold, and two with the extra seam allowance for the back.

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I really had to squeeze this skirt out of the fabric, as I didn’t have very much fabric. Pattern matching be damned! However, I managed to get all the pieces which was a relief, including one waistband piece. I added a couple of inches extra to the length, in order to create an overlap for a button fastening. This was a feature I really liked in my original skirt.

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I love this skirt, and it was so quick to make. I am anticipating at least another one of these in my future! I wear this style a lot all week long, because it’s a really versatile piece in my wardrobe. Plus, I have the pattern piece ready and waiting now…

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I wore this to the cat cafe in Manchester last weekend and the combination of new vintage skirt and cat stroking times became very exciting to me-

We went to a cat cafe today and I think we're still giddy about it 😺😻😺

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Plus, it’s nearly Me Made May time! Please do come over to Instagram to follow my pledge and join in the party. It’s such a lovely time for the sewing community to come together and celebrate the fact that we made our own clothes!

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A Cat Called Christmas

 

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Such mudels. Also let’s take a moment to appreciate how pretty this shirt is? It was brand new 100% silk from Boden and I got it from a charity shop for a tenner. 

For Christmas I got a cat! Well, a kit to make a cat, like a crafty Frankenstein. It came with everything you needed to make the cat, including the thread which is cool. It was really easy to put together, except for the pattern making part. You have to trace the pattern from the paper instructions and piece the body pieces together, which is fine, but I didn’t notice that the pattern pieces didn’t have seam allowance included. I didn’t notice, in fact, until I had already cut out one of the body pieces. I hid the project/ my shame in a bag for a while (don’t try this at home kids), until I could be bothered to draw the seam allowances onto the fabric with the original template pinned down.

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This is just with a biro, nothing fancy

The tail is meant to be stripey, and comes in little segments, which I cut from alternating fabric. I sewed these bits together by hand, which made it feel like I was quilting or something. This was fun but I couldn’t be bothered to do the same for the back of the cat, so I decided to use the tail as a pattern for the other bit of the tail. it’s easy, simply pin the fabric to the tail, right sides together, then cut it out.

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Oh wait, hang on one whisker. Yup, I cut out the back of the tail incorrectly, so now I have a too small cat piece and a spare tail piece. I’m waiting to work out what to do with them.

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That’s more like it. So, I sewed them together nice and close. Then, before turning the right way around I cut into the seam allowance, to ensure a nice shape.IMG_1194IMG_1195

You stuff the tail first, then sew it into the body shape, which you then stuffed. Stuffing was fun, although there were a few fiddly bits like the feet where it was a bit of a task getting them filled out nicely. Close it up, and my creation was alive.

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How cute are they? I’ve named them Christmas for obvious reasons.

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And the back. I topstiched the stripes and face (both felt) on very carefully using a red thread, which seemed like the best way of securing them. They have a little leg in the middle but I find that charming.

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And here they are gazing at the sunset. What a poser.