I’m still feeling like I ought to have made some firm new years resolutions. Most bloggers have bitten the bullet, committed to some serious projects and put them all in writing which is so admirable and positive and made me feel a bit of a lightweight until I read a post which reminded me amongst other things that I dont have to join in with every bloggers sewing challenge presented to me!
It made me realise that instead of swearing by the almighty Golden Hands sewing Bible, to sew more furiously and meet far more challenges than last year – whilst juggling a full time freelance career as a graphic designer and being mother, wife, keeper of all pets and chief bottle washer – I should instead get more realistic and concentrate on what is really needed, and what will be cherished. Lets face it. There’s a lot of time-stealing, head-hurting, and sleep deprivation involved in most sewing projects so to make something, purely to look pretty in a wardrobe (I admit to at least 3 from last year) is surely criminal! Life chucks all sorts of spanners in the works and so I’m pained to even state this as my new years resolution (You can tell how committed I am!) but I am going to give it a go.
My first day-saving emergency skirt was started last Thursday evening following a panic text from my friend. She had been desperately searching for a 1950s vintage dress or skirt for her daughter, the lovely Miss Bella, to wear for her next school production of The Producers. Easy, one would have thought, if you were an adult perhaps. But Miss Bella is a very petite 12 year old and to alter anything ready-made would have resulted in a re-make in any case.
There’s a lot of tutorials out there for circle skirts, not least of all Casey’s recent circle skirt sew-along, which I completely didn’t have time to follow along with, but in my head I have been rehearsing a way of making my own version for some time. Does anyone else do that?
I had a stash of red polka dot. I forget what it was originally destined for but it was bound to be good for something! And funnily enough I had a stash of netting too. I’m determined to make myself a petticoat one day. But I must say that after my wrestle with a floor load of the stuff, that project might have dropped down the list!
It’s not rocket science to make one of these and it does make good use of maths which all children must wonder what the ‘H’ good is that going to do for them when they grow up! So I’m glad to put this little old formula to use: ‘Gladder’ still that I even remember it, even with my crusty old memory!
I regret I didn’t get time to take in-progess photos but I will be making a follow up post on how to make a circle skirt, the ooobop! way, with diagrams, later on, but first I must make a mad dash to Miss Bella’s house as she is off to dress rehearsal. I’m hoping to get some feedback and photos of the lovely MIss Bella in full costume on stage in February. She will be fabulous for sure!