3 March 2019

All that glitters is gold

I'm back and with even more sparkles for you! I am so obsessed with sewing sparkly clothes right now and this post is no exception. As a bit of a break from the rather crazy rainbow I have been showing you lately we we are well and truly back to black for this one; where I am going to share with you not one but two new skirts I have sewn up.

The first of which is this incredible glittery pencil skirt. The picture above is a little blurry but it works really well in showing how this fabric catches the light as opposed to the first image. The fabric is some rainbow glitter spot velvet jersey (there's a lot going on there I know!). Its a medium weight jersey with a velvet texture, then it has tiny little spots of rainbow glitter glued on all over. It catches the light so brilliantly and the sparkles really move with you. I saw it in Derby market and I just couldn't resist the sparkles and its been sitting in my stash for a few months. I added this to my  #makenine2019 challenge on Instagram which I set up to put some of my stash fabric to good use.

The pattern is the knit pencil skirt from the book Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I cut out and stitched the skirt in my size. I went by hip size as you make the waistband with elastic by fitting that to your waist so I knew that size would be easily fixed at that point. The fit is pretty good but I did take another inch out of the side seems towards the bottom and graded that up to the hips. I did this after trying the skirt on. I think this is personal preference in that I prefer my skirts to hug my knees but it was a very easy modification to make. This skirt is a really simple construction and definitely good for a beginner or those wanting to start with knits, I made both these skirts in under an hour. The instructions are good, but its hard to get them wrong really with something as straightforward as this.

The second version of this skirt I made using some old gold spot ponte roma fabric which I purchased from Fabric Godmother a couple of years ago. I had previously made a maternity skirt out of this fabric, which I then hacked after my pregnancies to turn in to a normal skirt. It has been worn and washed so many times that the little metal gold spots are completely worn down and no longer sparkle. I loved that skirt so much that I was so happy to discover I could squeeze a version of this skirt out of the remaining fabric I had and so I have remade something which I know I will get so much wear out of. Its amazing to see the difference and how worn and bobbly my old version has gotten!

Pattern: Gertie Sews Vintage Casual Easy Knit Pencil Skirt
Fabric: Glitter velvet jersey from the market and gold spot ponte roma from Fabric Godmother (not linked as no longer available)
Extras: Some 1.5 inch elastic for the waistband
Version: Pencil skirt
Modifications: Took approx 1 inch from the side seems at the bottom and graded to the hip. I think I will take a few inches off the length of the ponte roma version to get it sitting more at knee length for me.
Fit: Cut a size 4 due to hips. Fit is fine as elastic for waist was cut to comfortable fit.
Difficulty: Very easy. Excellent for a beginner wanting to sew with knits. Can be done on regular machine or overlocker.
Make again: Definitely, Knit pencil skirts have sort of become my style so this will definitely be a wardrobe staple.

I'm not going to lie this fabric purchase was a bit of a whim while watching strictly come dancing last year, and I'm not even sorry! I'd love to make more 'everyday' wear inspired by strictly, lets face it their costumes are amazing. I'm not sure this counts as everyday wear, I have no idea how I am going to wash it, but at least I actually managed to wear it out the house.

Have you ever sewn anything that was inspired by the show, or any spectacular dancewear outfits? I absolutely want to know about them!

Thank you for reading and keep dancing.....!


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