Friday, 4 January 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...






I've just cut out the Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio. It's a digital pattern, which means printing at home and assembling - I love any excuse to get out the paper scissors and glue stick and pretend I'm still in primary school :)

I'm making it in a bright red, thick corduroy which I bought on a fabric shopping splurge to Goldhawk Road with Jane. For the pockets and facings I'm using Summersville cotton left over from the Life's Too Short skirt.

I want it to be a comfy, casual skirt for everyday wear. It looks pretty small in the pictures, the kind of thing I'd be pulling at the whole time to make sure I didn't flash anyone, so I've added a whopping 4" to the length. Call me old fashioned!

What's on your sewing table, please?

[Soundtrack: 'I'm Shakin' by Jack White]

64 comments:

  1. What a lovely bold colour and can`t wait to see the skirt when you`ve finished.

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  2. Cute pattern and I love the fabric you've chosen for it - red skirts are awesome :-)

    I'm currently making a 1950's sleeveless blouse in a cotton with cartoon animals all over it.

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  3. That looks as if it's going to be very yummy!

    I actually have nothing on my sewing table at the moment, as I'm trying to decide what to make next. It will probably be a skirt, but I can't decide which pattern I want to use!

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    1. Don't you just love that stage when you have nothing on the go and get to choose which project to crack open next?

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  4. Fab! As soon as I saw that pattern I knew it would look great in that thick cord. Love the pocket fabric too. Life's too short to worry about if your knickers are showing so I agree wholeheartedly with the added 4 inches! Can't wait to see it.
    I've got a turquoise wool dress on my sewing table. I can't sew it up yet because the kids are still off school so I've pinned it together on my dummy and it's torment seeing how nice it looks! x

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    1. Turquoise wool dress? Sounds lurrrrvely! x

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  5. Happy new year Tilly, love the new design!! Can't wait to see what you whip up this year :)

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  6. Hey Tilly, I'm loving that moss skirt, but I too had to lengthen it, even with tights it was a bit too teeny for moi!
    I'm running a swap and Walthamstow market trip around the 2nd of feb if your interested,
    drop me an email
    beebeesvintagedress@hotmail.co.uk
    Happy New Year! x

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  7. This is going to look so nice Tilly! I've loved that pattern since I first saw it, but was unsure if it would suit me...it might be worth investing in just to see!

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  8. Exciting! This was going to be my second project after the one I had just decided on, a dress for my niece, so I am really excited to see your finished skirt. Adding length is a good idea, it was one of the reasons I put it second, I needed to mull over how much length to add :)

    I was thinking about a grey wool for this, but I might be convinced that I need some corduroy!

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    1. Mmm... grey wool sounds nice too.

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  9. oooh I need a simple skirt pattern!
    I'm sewing a new dress with cute pockets in a children's duck pattern.. im a big baby!:)

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  10. love this pattern - really interested to see how the extra length looks - i'm 5'9 so 2-3" extra skirt length is standard for me and this one looked seriously short! can't wait to see the finished result (and won't the red be lovely with a breton top?)

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  11. Ooh, I love the contrast with the pockets! Red cord sounds lovely. I'm currently working up a skirt from vintage fabric, with a bit of contrast at the pockets. But I think the whole bit is a bit too busy for all the bother I've put into it. Live and learn. :D

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  12. Love the corduroy fabric! I wish corduroy was more available here. Hadn't heard of Grainline so I'm off to check that out!
    I'm busy trying to finish costumes for a show and sew a Downton Abbey apron for a friend.

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  13. ooo lovely! what a fab colour!

    I've got a moss mini on my sewing table too! Just in the final stages now. And a nearly-finished Tova shirt too (which has been WIP for nearly a year!).

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    1. Can't wait to see yours! And your Tova too - I always think of you when I see that pattern.

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  14. That skirt is on my sewing list!! I love it in red, especially. It has the potential to be very rockabilly. I can't wait to see your version finished!

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  15. I love the look of the moss skirt pattern, unfortunately due to being on a super strict spending ban to save for our wedding I am not allowed to buy new patterns, boo. I shall just have to drool over yours instead, it looks like it's going to be fabulous.
    Currently (languishing) on my sewing table are all the cut out rectangles for a quilt and half a muslin for Meghan Neilsen's Darling Ranges Dress, the final product will have tiny little horse galloping all over! x

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  16. Ahh I can't wait to see yours finished! I've been dreaming of a corduroy one since I made the pattern but I've imposed a fabric buying moratorium until I whittle down my epic stash. I didn't realize how huge it was until I had to move. Anyway, can't wait to see and love the contrasting pocket lining!

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  17. Oh, the red cord is amazing! I can definitely see this being a go-to skirt. Also, I love your new banner image!

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  18. I've been searching the shops for the perfect skirt...and now I've seen this I'm thinking I might need to be brave and attempt this!

    Nothing on my sewing table at the moment...but perhaps a skirt will be there soon!x

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  19. Wow, I really love that fabric combination! I have a turquoise denim version on my sewing table right now. However, I'm not sure I've perfected my muslin version yet. Did you do a muslin first? I had to because I'm much more bodacious in the derriere than the pattern seems to be designed for.

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    1. Wow, turquoise denim sounds awesome. I didn't do a muslin, but I cut it a size too large so I can play around with it at the fitting stage.

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  20. Oh, how CUTE! I love the red corduroy! I'm dying to make this pattern, but have put it a bit on hold as I don't like to wear skirts in the winter (it's just too cold here in the northeastern U.S.).

    I'm about to dive into the Anise jacket (my first jacket)!

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    1. Wooly tights are my saviour! Good luck with the Anise.

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  21. That looks adorable, can't wait to see the finished result. I've just been scheming a bit and my next project will be the pencil skirt from Gertie's book (take 2!) in a burnt orange twill. Can't wait to get started!

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    1. Ooh lovely! I'm really looking forward to making something from Gertie's book too - it's great.

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  22. Having just clicked on the pattern link, I can see why you've added 4" to the length - the original is SHORT!! On my sewing table is Sewaholic's Alma Blouse No 4, and isn't Jack White's album brill?! I had to make myself stop listening to it for a while because I didn't want to get sick of it!

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  23. That looks really cute, and I love the fabric; I'm in a very corduroy mood at the moment, having just finished a teal corduroy dress.
    I've been trying to decide today what my next project will be; I'm thinking pyjama bottoms, which I'm going to use as an experiment in seam finishes; French seams at the sides, and flat-felled seams at the centre, as I've never done either of those! I have some nice traditional checked flannel in my stash which has been ear-marked for PJs for ages.

    I'm also on the lookout for a copy of Simplicity 3983 (the one-seam skirt), but it's hard to come by! I have the fabric ready waiting for it, and a sweater which will go with it when it's done, if I can only get hold of a copy!

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    1. Sorry, it's not giving me the option of leaving my name!

      Hester

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    2. Hmm... that's strange. Is your name usually on your Blogger profile? Because when I click it, it's blank.

      Experimental seams PJs sounds like a great way of learning new techniques.

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    3. I don't have a blog! I did try with my Google account, but it's coming up as anon even though I'm logged in!
      Hester

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    4. That's weird. I only asked about your Blogger profile because when I click on your comment it links to one. Not sure why that's happening - the mysteries of technology...

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    5. That's very strange! Let's see if it will accept my livejournal instead...

      The PJs just need hemming now, and I am delighted with them; the seams are so tidy and professional-looking, I shall definitely be using both French and flat-felled seams in future makes.

      I did have a bit of an accident though; I went to my local fabric store just to buy elastic and twill tape for the PJs, and got mugged by their sale (buy a metre of corduroy, get three metres free! Ponti in a huge range of gorgeous jewel tones for 8$ a metre! Beautiful purple coating for $5 a metre! Patterns for two bucks! Zips at three for a dollar!). Stash? What stash??!

      Hester

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  24. Ah! I've got some (slightly darker) red corduroy planned for the moss skirt as well! It's such a nice pattern. Though I think I'll be making it with the bottom band.

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    1. I should have mentioned the bottom band! I only omitted it because I want the centre seams to run all the way down.

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  25. Ooooh, What a delicious red corduroy! I love it. In my sewing table there is a red shirtdress, a mashup between a Burda 1961 issue pattern, and a modern Burda mag shirt pattern. ;-)

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  26. Your skirt will look awesome in red, I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's finished! A sound idea to lengthen it; I didn't lengthen mine a) because I'm short so it makes it relatively a little longer on me and b) because I love the look of a shorter skirt with tights in winter. I have been wearing it in summer, though, and I do find myself hoiking it down when sitting. I also have to remember to be more lady-like when bending down! I'll definitely be making a more modest one soon!

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  27. Oh this is so cute! I'm making another Colette Patterns Meringue in a maroon wool plaid. This does seem awfully short, I would have lengthened it too!

    strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

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  28. This looks great, I love the look of the pattern. BUT I am living in suspense...where is the last "What's on my sewing table" Item...the chambray and the luverly tucks? I'm dying to see it!

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    1. You remembered! It's finished, I just haven't photographed it yet. There is so little daylight at the moment it's hard to get clear shots of stuff and I want to do the project justice because I love it so!

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    2. Oh good, I'm glad it wasn't a wadder! I look forward to seeing it when you get it photographed!

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    3. Weird, this is still kieran132 but for some reason I am now under my blog name...

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  29. I think this will be cute in cord. My DDs would probably love this skirt.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous!! I just love the cheerful happy colour, perfect for your winter season :) and the contrasting pockets? too adorable.
    Best wishes for an absolutely terrific 2013 Tilly!

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  31. Hi! Love the skirt colour - I'm going through a pillar box red phase at the moment myself! I'm wading through three projects at the mo, my Red Riding Hood cloak (first attempt ended in disaster, i.e the bin!) so with different pattern and more fabric I am working out the second attempt. Plus I am making a denim tunic dress and a 60's 3/4 sleeve shift dress. It's 6145 New Look pattern - the picture on the front doesn't really do it justice, I think it works well in plain colours or dark colours. Anyway it has a fab, very authentic collar which I love. Hopefully finishing two of the three by next weekend (phew!)

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  32. Same! My second Moss Mini in Italian denim and liberty. You can see my first navy drill one on my blog, Sew Brunswick.

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  33. I love the red fabric you are using, I can not wait to see the end result :)

    I am sewing a vintage inspired Hawaiian dress, its been really hot here in Australia and I need more dressed to fight the heat lol

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  34. This will be gorgeous. I really like this pattern - and your fabric selection is darling.

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  35. Hi there, this looks great! Love the red. On my sewing table is also some Summerville red fabric, different design and I'm doing a skirt, using an Amy Butler pattern (Barcelona skirt). Its great for a beginner like me.. looking forward to seeing the final product!

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  36. I love the colour, this is also on my list to sew. I was thinking it might be a bit too short so can't wait to see your finished version.

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  37. Amazing color!! I need red skirt too!%)

    I try to finish my blue dress from Burda!
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--jDhJ7iK-GQ/UJvKDeCgyEI/AAAAAAAABak/aDfuc1hL7Nk/s1600/blue+dress.jpg

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  38. Looking forward to seeing this finished project!

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