June 30th 2017
Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone, after all let’s remember what our mums told us “How do you know you don’t like it unless you try it?” (not just my mum right?!).
So I thought it was about time I applied this theory to my dressmaking, more specifically my fabric choices.
I tend to stick to my little safety net within the colour wheel… the middle bit where all the black borders meet! So for this project I decided to choose a fabric that would surprise you all!
The hardest part was choosing a fabric from the gorgeous selection available at Sewisfaction. After a lot of time browsing I chose the ‘palm spring cotton linen‘ as I knew I wanted to make a Sew Over It Erin Skirt, which requires a fabric with a bit of structure… and because just LOOK AT IT, it’s basically summer in fabric form!
The fabric is lovely and easy to work with and does what it’s told! I opted for a popper fastening instead of buttons as I wanted to try something else new. I used the antique copper no sew fasteners & Prym pliers… simple, effective & addictive! If you’re planning on using poppers for your Erin Skirt make sure you interface the buttonband.
With most patterns I tend to have to grade between sizes as I’m smaller on top & bigger on the bottom. I have found that with the Erin Skirt, to get the fit perfect, I sew the darts just before adding the waistband instead of first. The waistband is then quick and easy to trim down to size.
I dressed my Erin up with a plain self drafted top and a pair of heels. It makes the perfect statement piece to shimmy into any summer party! I think I may be converted, it just goes to show it’s worth trying something new!
So whether you only sew with a certain colour, avoid buttonholes, hate showing off your arms, worry what other people think, avoid sewing with certain fabric types or are too scared to attend a group workshop… let’s all take a step out of our comfort zone & try something new; after all you never know, you might like it!