Friday, 11 September 2009

Red Hot Sewin'

My goodness! My sewing machine has hardly had a minutes rest since I got back from UK. I've been massively making the most of my free time before I start back at work next week by getting amongst some creating whilst I've got the chance. Since both these two creations were deploying red fabric, it made sense to make them at the same time, whilst my machine and overlocker were both threaded up with red thread. Also, it cut down on the annoying switching between the two machines, which I don't have the space to have set up in unison. One of these styles was a virtual straight up repeat of a garment I'd just made, and the other was a new pattern, so it was nice to alleviate the respective monotony and confusion that both situations can, at times, bring!

Despite my protestations of self-restraint from immediately repeating these shorts but in red, that's pretty much exactly what I did once the chicken dress was a wrap. I reasoned that there were a few weeks of hot weather remaining to enjoy in another pair of smokin' hot shorts. The red ones are created in virtually identical stretch twill, with buttons lifted from a charity shopped dress. As I reported, the success of the navy version was somewhat of a revelation in terms of what I found to look good on me, and what I felt comfortable in. So much so, that I decided to make this pair a little more 'pin-up girl', by making them tighter and shorter. From fearing the exposure, to downright flauting my booty, it's been somewhat of a turnaround!


In a similarly vein, I set about the creation of another figure fitting garment, the Beignet skirt from Collette Patterns. I love the vintage inspired styles produced by this new pattern company, but most of all I love that this is a new independent company, that is seemingly a success. I'm very excited to be able to support such an endeavour, whilst enjoying such a beautiful product.


Anyway, I decided to eliminate the side-seam pockets to create a more stream-lined fit, and I omitted the lining as it's still very hot here. Next time I make it, I'll add a lining to make the finished skirt smoother and viable for colder weather. I also did my usual of cutting out the size too big, and had to refit, re-stitch and re-overlock the whole damn thing! However, this style provided me with the perfect canvas to show off these amazing vintage buttons which I'm assuming are from the 1960's.


Aside from perhaps being a tad short, overall I'm really happy with the outcome. It's a fun and sexy skirt that I débuted, as seen in these pictures, on an evening out to celebrate me and my boys first anniversary. The top I am wearing it with was a charity shop score from the UK last April. Moths had sadly got to it and made a couple of little holes at the bottom, but which are cunningly disguised in this outfit as the Beignet skirt require a tucked in top! I refashioned the top to make this possible by removing the back tie detail and stitching down the closing instead. Win/win!

6 comments:

naughty little pony said...

OMG! You look red hot lady!
You're pumping out the garms, I'm super impressed.

EmilyKate said...

WOWOWOW! I can't get over how much I love those shorts. They are so pinup, you;re right And I LOOOOOOVE the Beignet skirt. I really want to try one of the Collette patterns too, I was thinking I might treat myself soon and order the Macaron dress.
*sigh* my make-all-my-own-clothes-this-year scheme stalled somewhat. I have stayed true to not buying anything new ( talk about saving money!) but its been several weeks since I did any garment sewing. BUT I have a pair of pants cut out, going to begin the sewing on them this weekend :o)

stef said...

wow! you look amazing. red is my favorite color and now i HAVE to make these. the shorts and the skirt are so adorable. i love them paired with the stripey shirt too.

Dawn said...

Love the buttons on the skirt. Any chance of a close-up??

Giulia said...

I love your version of this skirt - totally adorable. I am inspired!

Zoe said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! I updated the post to include the buttons closeup as requested by Dawn. Happy stitching everyone! xx

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