Jersey Skirt

Pleated jersey skirt

Another Simply Sewing make. This time a Jersey skirt, again using a remnant. It has a tie belt which is separate to the skirt. You could wear it with jeans too, apparently its fashionable this year. I haven’t worked with pleats since my City and Guilds, so it was good to try out box and knife pleats in a real context. Despite measuring carefully, the waist turned out rather large and had to be unpicked and reattached. At least the Jersey fabric is forgiving. What did I learn this time? Try things on from time to time and they might even fit properly and keep on buying the remnants they do eventually come in useful!

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Messenger Bag

So my idea to make birthday presents for friends progressed well until the end of March. I made this messenger bag, following a pattern in Simply Sewing Magazine. I learnt several new skills including putting in a zip and lining and squaring off the corners. I was pleased with the result, but it took a bit of unpicking to get the zip and corners in the right place! I like the combination of the red strap, the blue denim and the white and blue lining.  My friend liked the colours and I think she will use it. It is quite her style. As with other hand-mades, I wouldn’t say that it was particularly cost effective despite both the main and lining fabrics being remnants that I had picked up locally.  However, I’ve got some good sized d-rings for future makes!