Saturday, 2 August 2008

Skirts and Shorts

We're going away for a few days soon.
It's very hot where we're going.
I need some skirts to wear.
But my skirts are too tight.
I've been eating too much chocolate and it has made my clothes shrink!
Then I remembered a remnant of fabric bought a long time ago...
so I made a skirt!

There wasn't actually enough fabric to make a waistband so I used bias binding instead.

And being very lazy I decided to use the binding on the hem too. I thought it looked quite "Boden" and trendy.

Not bad for under a tenner and the whole lot took under three hours and that included inserting a zip. I might have to make another one!

There has been some other sewing going on too following a conversation with Joe:

"You're good at sewing Mum"
"Apparently"
" Do you think you could mend my shorts? They've got a bit of a rip."
"Let me see"



" Glad it's not a big rip then."


Just look at those tatty edges... how on earth was I meant to fix that!


Ha! He won't ask me again in a hurry.

13 comments:

  1. Do you know? That's amazing! I knew there was a connection between chocolate and shrinking clothes! My wardrobe has seen a considerable amount of chucking out and re-stocking recently.

    Your skirt looks very a la mode! And the mending looks fine to me.

    Hope you have a good trip when you go. Sounds exotic!

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  2. Great skirt! I hope you'll have a nice trip. It's rainy and cold here so I know you're not on your way to Sweden.:-)

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  3. You do know that Joe is highly unlikely to even notice that mend, right?

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  4. Lovely skirt Gina, your quite right it does look very Bodenesque.
    As for the mending you did a very good job. Much better than Joe could of done. I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked to mend a pair of jeans just as they are about to walk out of the door.Teenagers they don't know how lucky they are.
    Have a great holiday.

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  5. do you think there might be a similar connection between cheese and shrinking clothes? Or donuts? Or pizza? Because i don't really eat that much chocolate...

    Nice skirt -and I agree, the contrasting hem is very in at the moment anyway, so it looks like you intended to do that from the outset.

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  6. The skirt looks great, I love the binding round the hem. Have a good time away!

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  7. Joe's 'You're good at sewing Mum' comment is up there with that summer school 'What's for dinner Mum?' text...

    I looked at your skirt and remembered that not only is Liverpool European City of Culture 2008, it's also well known for it's penchant for fake tan. I'll add a couple of spray cans to my shopping list next week.

    Enjoy your break!

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  8. What a smart bit of darning ;)

    Your skirt is lovely - gorgeous fabric and I love the binding.

    xxx

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  9. Jewellery-making's all very well - in three hours I could knock up a very quick tiara - to wear to the supermarket perhaps - but not half an outfit! Top top skills there and what a fab result! It also looks rather like something from Toast - gorgeous.

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  10. Bias binding is ok. Whatever you do don't use elastic..that just makes your waist get bigger.

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  11. What a great skirt! And I laughed so hard at your kidding about the shorts repair. I think though that it turned out looking cool and might well be that your "plan" on not getting asked again soon has backfired!
    ~Emily

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  12. What is it with people?! (Well male family members then). They think 'cause you enjoy stitching creatively that you like mending stuff? My OH can't understand why I don't leap up and down with excitement when he asks me to repair holes in his pockets!! :o)
    Fab skirt btw

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  13. That's exactly what my husband does - produces some horrifically damaged piece of clothing with a look of eternal hope! Fabulous skirt and what a bargain for £10.

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