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

11. Autumn Wreath

One thing I really love about Switzerland is that they embrace the seasons, in a way that we don’t in the UK. From the start of September you start to see pumpkins in the supermarket and then BLAM before you know it there are autumn wreaths and seasonal gourds everywhere you look. This year I decided to get on board.
My first step was to make a seasonal wreath for our flat door. We live in the cheap(er) part of town. I like it because (in my opinion) it’s where all the decent bars and restaurants are. The payoff is that our entrance often smells like wee and sometimes homeless people sleep in the cellar… but only in winter, and it gets REALLY COLD here… Anyway, the point is it’s a bit incongruous in our block to spruce up your door, but I sallied forth regardless.
A quick perusal of the internet taught me that the Americans are also ALL OVER this seasonal decoration thing, and there are so many wreaths out there. Here are just a few: