The 3-hour Skirt

In sewing, as in many aspects of life, sometimes you just need a quick win. I have a couple of WIPs which are sitting sulkily by my machine. They need love and attention and energy and dedication and I will get back to them. But the other night I decided to skip right over them and make a quick and easy skirt instead.

The fabric is an upholstery-weight Cath Kidston print I picked up in the UK. I love it because it’s not in-your-face CK (i.e. pastel-coloured and covered in tiny blossoms), instead it’s dark and moody and has a huge amount of detail. It reminds me of the Funnybones storybook, a childhood favourite – “In the dark dark town there was a dark dark street” etc.

  IMAG0025To call the skirt pattern “self drafted” would be a laughable over-sell. There was no drafting involved. I used the whole width (no side seam finishes = win), eyeballed the length, stuck a couple of box pleats in front, added a waistband, inserted elastic in the back half of the waistband only (anchoring on the inside), turned up the hem, aaaand DONE.


3 hour skirt – BOOM. I was so proud, I dug out my hitherto unworn “MAKER” bling for photos in the park.


See how it glistens in the soft autumnal light? Love it.

Siobhan xxx

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