Tuesday 23 April 2013

My First Sewing Project.......a little girl's skirt.

Good Morning, my lovely friends. I'm back today with my first "proper" sewing project, this year on my 'To-Do' list, was to give sewing a go. I've bodged made a couple of pin cushions before but I did wing it, this time I wanted to do it properly, so I measured seams, pressed and took my time, carefully, following instructions. .

I saw this cute little girls skirt in an online copy of Northridge Publishing Sewing magazine and fell in love with it, it was perfect for my niece. I read the instructions and it looked simple enough for my first attempt  it's basically a tube. Is anybody else enjoying the new programme on BBC2 called the 'The Great British Sewing Bee'? I think that's what spurred me on to give sewing a go.

The next thing was to find some pretty fabric, we went to Shrewsbury as there is a fabulous Haberdashery shop in the town called Watson & Thornton. It is in a beautiful, old building, it's huge and sells just about everything you could ask for. Paige and I both loved this Tilda fabric, I then found some matching grosgrain ribbon for the trim. Whilst I was looking for ribbon, I found some pretty Bias Binding too, you can just about see in the top right hand corner, I've only every seen plain before.

I started it on the Sunday afternoon and had it finished by teatime, it took me three hours start to finish. Olivia wants some red shoes to go with it so we're off shopping on Tuesday to find her some.

I was really pleased how it turned out so decided to make another one for my friend's granddaughter.

This time I could only get to the local haberdashery, there wasn't as much choice but I did find this pretty fabric, I was just hoping the print wasn't too big for the skirt.

I needn't have worried, the print was fine, I found some white lace trim in my stash, which looked perfect against the floral pattern. Can you imagine how pretty she's going to look in this with some little sandals, I can't wait to see her in it.

There's something else I'll be knocking off my 'To-Do' list this year. I've always wanted to stay in a Yurt but to be honest, I wasn't sure it would happen, as it's not really my husband's thing. They aren't cheap and he said for the price he would rather stop in a nice hotel, but on Sunday, I had an email from Living Social with 68% off a two night stay in a Luxury Somerset Yurt Retreat

When I showed him he said, yes, so I'll be off to stay in this gorgeous Yurt in July, I can't tell you how excited I am. It has mains electricity, a log burner, an outside decking area with fire pit and all have their own BBQ. We have a private toilet and our own private shower in The Lodge that also has a big country kitchen, for if we want to cook. Full on Glamping !!!!!

Have a great week.


Country Maison (Eva Martin) said...

They are just lovely !
I love the fabrics

Ros Crawford said...

What sweet little skirts these are ... I remember in primary school that we all had to make one of these for ourselves ... everything was hand sewn then! I can still remember that skirt and how proud I was to wear it ... Went on to make all my clothes after that ... I don't do it now though!
I'd never seen a Yurt before! I'm sure you will have a wonderful time ... who wouldn't being in the Somerset countryside ... heaven!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow I love the skirts! They are beautiful!!!!! :D

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Those skirts are beautiful! Go you!!! YAY!!! And what a great deal on that resort!! Will have to go take a peek at it!!

Sarah said...

total glamper! looks fab, and the skirts are so pretty

Joanne said...

Those skirts are beautiful Deb!!! So pretty and girly!
And that glamping looks just like my kind of camping! I wouldn't want to leave!1

Unknown said...

You have made such pretty skirts Deb and you've certainly chosen some of the finest fabrics, supersweet! Ira x

Juls said...

Beautiful skirt!! Sewing was my first love, used to work in a fabric shop ... I really should get back to it!! Thanks for your inspiration!! Hugs Juls xxx

Stefanie said...

What a beautiful, fun place to look forward to!
You did an excellent job on that skirt!

Candace said...

Those skirt are gorgeous. Wish Freya was still little as she used to look gorgeous in prints like that. All she wants now is the latest fashion.

We had looked at a yurt for this summer but as you say they are quite expensive and with moving house I don't think we can afford a holiday this year. Maybe next year

Lynnda said...

I love those skirts too ...its beautiful Deb.... hugs...x

Candace said...

Hope you don't mind but I have just been singing your praises on my blog and have used a couple of your photos as inspiration. I have linked back to you.

Hazels Crochet said...

Those skirts are beautiful, and they are great for being your first sewing projects.

I have just bought a sewing machine today, so I am not sure what my first sewing project will be just yet :D

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