Inspired by the blog Tilly and the Buttons, from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th March, we pledge to wear garments made from one pattern. My chosen favourite is the BSB which is the Skirt Master Pattern in the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.
Saturday 24th: Macculloch’s
It’s 10:30a.m and I’m at Macculloch buying the zip and thread for my Mad Men Challenge Dress. Being very new to this posing-whilst-looking-presentable business, I got side-tracked by an argument with my photographer (“Don’t make me look short!” “But you are!” etc.), and so failed to check if my skirt was on straight. This Basic Skirt Block is made of claret corduroy and cut on the bias with the ridges meeting in a V in the middle. To line it, I had valuable help from Slapdash’s tutorial. The top is Nicotine Surprise.
Sunday 25th, Slummy Mummy
A hybrid of the BSB and Vogue 1247. I haven’t bought the V1247 pattern, but added pockets to the basic skirt after getting the idea from Vacuuming the Lawn . Here’s her photo of what the innermost layer looks like. My internet research suggests that the V1247 is shockingly short and as a rule, it’s best to add a centimetre length for each year over the age of sixteen. These pockets are deep enough to stash roadkill.
This is the first garment I made where the seams across the zip lined up at first go, so to celebrate the momentous occasion, I enhanced the feature with some yellow top-stitching. This adds to the jean skirt effect, but the fabric is actually an old, mock-denim IKEA curtain….
The whole thing is hardly in the Vogue spirit!
Monday 26th, Pattern-Cutting Class
Today, my Pattern-Cutting Course here comes to an end, sadly.
This skirt is made from a snipet of super-silky faux fur which I bought without checking the length: 43cm! Finished skirt length: 41cm!! The jackboots detract from the Cougar Lady effect.
Tuesday 27th, Space Grapes
Today, the claret Basic is teamed with a charity shop top and my old Dune sandals – their first outing of ’12. The kids have named these sandals Space Grapes. Apparently, if you eat the grapes, you become very heavy. That’s probably because they contain heavy metals.
Incidentally, we call this plant Snake Grapes.
Wednesday 28th, Home Education and Brownies
BSB/V1247 Hybrid worn whilst at home with my near-teen and his friend – both turfed out of school due to the teachers’ strike. In the evening, I help out at a Brownies Egg Decorating session. Here’s a young artist and her impression of me in Egg:
Thursday 29th, Still Sunny
My plans to wear a woolly Basic for OWOP have had to be trashed in favour of this hybrid. The top of the dress is New Look 6459 with added waist darts which have been merged into the Basic Skirt Block for the lower part.
This dress looks great with high heels, tanned legs and two months of a lower-stodge diet, but as it’s March I haven’t had two months to prepare!
Friday 30th, Birthday Boots
Out in claret corduroy and Nicotine as I road-test the new boots I got for my birthday.
So OWOP, I’ll associate you forever with sunny skies. You’ve forced me to rethink my wardrobe, I discovered a top I’d forgotten I had and through reading others’ blogs, I’ve got more projects than even in my stash. Ciao!