Tuesday, 12 March 2013

New skills and rookie errors

It’s so nice to feel that my sewing is coming along a wee bit and I’m picking up new skills – even if for every achievement there still seems to be a rookie error! 

On the new skills front I've almost finished a lined Colette ginger.  This is the first time I’ve lined a garment so am feeling pretty pleased with myself! I just need to hem it now and overlock the lining edge.  I can’t decide whether to attach the lining to the skirt or not with some hand stitches – has anyone else lined a ginger, what did you do?  So far it’s just attached in at the waistband and down the zip.  Hopefully I’ll get it finished this week as it’s made from a nice needlecord and, with the lining, I think it’ll be nice and warm for this insanely cold March weather!

So the rookie errors – have you spotted it in the photo above? This is my second version of Vogue 1247.  It’s a quilting cotton I got in the sale in Liberty. I just loved the colours and the geometric print and with only a metre I thought it’s be perfect for this skirt. However I’ve not really used much patterned fabric yet so I didn’t think about matching it up.  You can see the triangles go one way on the yoke and a different way round on the bottom – oh well, I still love the fabric so I’m going to go on ahead and make it up.  Maybe it’s not going to be that noticeable to other people?  Hopefully now though I’ll remember to think about pattern matching the next time I use something with such strong lines!

The Elisalex sew-along started yesterday and, after a trip to Shaukat at the weekend for some lovely Liberty twill I was all ready to get started yesterday when I got home from work.  I'm planning to make it reversible which will entail some new skills I'm sure!  

When did you start to feel like you were really learning something? Like your sewing confidence was improving? I’m finding it so rewarding and am learning to take the rookie errors and mistakes as learning experiences as much as the successes are!