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!
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!