Saturday, 19 July 2014

My picnic blanket skirt- simplicity 2215

Recently, gingham seems to be gaining popularity across many different clothing retailers.
I can really see why because as a fabric, is conjures up so many images in your mind. My main thought when wearing gingham is nostalgia, for school dresses and table cloths past. But women are wearing these trusted checks in numerous badass ways and my friend C wore a gorgeous black and white gingham check midi skirt on a trip to Home Park recently which inspired me to get stitching my own. 

After gathering some pinspiration, of course...

I used Cynthia Rowley 2215 for the basic skirt blocks but repositioned the pleats so as to match the checks onto the waistband, cos I'm fancy like that these days.
 I also recently used this pattern for my just-a-peek skirt, it's a fab, chic basic for building a wardrobe of flattering skirts!

When I wear my new gingham skirt I have been told I look like I am a cowgirl or that I am going on a picnic. I like this a lot because it means gingham does not just hold memories for me, but it holds many varied and whimsical connotations in the minds of many.

I hope you like my skirt, I may go and indulge in a picnic wearing a Stetson now...
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o

Quick and easy DIY- Pompom shorts customisation

Pinterest has a lot to answer for when it comes to my wardrobe. I feel I can blame a large part of it's bulging-at-the-seams-ness on zany projects inspired by beautiful tanned girls popping up on my Pinterest homepage. Pompom hot pants are no exception.

They are just so cute! Somehow the pom-poms make the shorts less sexy and more just plain cute, which is perfect for me as I have an aversion to sexy and revealing clothing. Cute for the win.

For this simple customisation project I bought a bargain pair of hotpants from primark for a bargain £5. Crazy! They are in fairness the simplest, tiniest polyester shorts known to man. They had many different patterns but, as it's primark, there was little left in my size. I chose this interesting black, white and blue print which I feel works quite nicely for summer. I wanted to add on black pom-poms but fabricland stocked only bright and colourful ones, so I went for blue in the interests of slight coordination. I bought 2metres costing a total of £1.80, and had a teeny piece left over. Evidently the circumference of my thight is greater than I had previously imagined, but hey :)

I basically just sewed the pom-poms along the inside edge of the short legs, using a coordinating thread. I am pretty pleased with the results, I have been nosing at lots of such shorts in topshop as well but sadly my budget inky stretches to topshop when a sale in on.

Hope you like!  Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o