17 May 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...


This is the kind of project I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this Spring/Summer - I'm making a Ginger skirt in a dark navy denim with a slight stretch and a lovely visible weave. My denim Beignet skirt is nearly falling apart from overuse and I practically live in my denim Miette. I need another. I'm going for version 2 with the curved waistband, using some... erm... navy polka dots for the facing. Yeah, I've got a thing for navy polka dots, as evidenced here, here and here. Oh and here. And not forgetting here. Some call it boring, I call it "signature style".

What's on your sewing table please?

[Soundtrack: 'Green Garden' by Laura Mvula]

57 comments:

  1. Looks lovely! I'm almost finished a denim By Hand London Charlotte skirt - a little bit inspired by your denim Beignet I must admit! Love a good denim skirt, will look forward to seeing your finished Ginger with her secret spots!

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  2. On my sewing table : Wearing History's "Smooth Sailing" mid-1930s pants, in mustard yellow linen, with buttons instead of the side zipper closure! Easy and quick to make...except if, like me, you want some fancy seam finishes, then it takes much longer!
    I also have the Ginger but haven't made it yet. Your version looks like it's going to be great!

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  3. Denim Gingers are the way to go! Mine gets worn weekly at least :)And hey, you can never have enough polka dots...

    I'm in the middle of my first ever Cambie, and it's going swimmingly so far! x

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  4. On my sewing table is an almost finished A-line skirt in a dark purple velvet material. Just the hem to do :)

    the-urban-cottage.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Currently I have a Moss-Skirt (from Grainline) on my table also in Denim (mixed with some fun Polka-Dot denimlike cotton) and some (3) jersey leggings/capris for my little one and a skater dress (also in jersey) for the little one too.
    Greatings,
    Susanne

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  6. My first top Burda 05/12 110 B

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  7. This is going to be lovely. On my sewing table is 2 stripey flower girl dresses, 2 stripey page boy ties, a couple of tank tops for my honeymoon, oh and a secret sewing project...which may involve polka dots (I love them too!)!!! Lots and lots to get done in the next 50 days - eep!

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  8. On my sewing table is a Moss skirt in a tweedy-checkered suiting fabric. It has, however, been interrupted by a cushion, a C3PO costume and a kindle case. They're all done and so I can concentrate on my Moss skirt again.

    Polka dots are fab! xox

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  9. Looks great. I''ve just got to sew a button onto the waistband of my Cambie skirt then I'm all done! Next project is a high/low variation of Sorbetto I think...

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  10. Some material I need to cut out using the book vintage style for kids, but I am wary because I have read the patterns are wrong. and some log cabin hexagons. Well, those things are at the top.

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  11. I just finished my first Mathilde (and wore it for the first time yesterday! I got loads of complements!).

    Next up, a kimono sleeve blouse (Miss P stylee) from blue and white striped linen, for my sea side holiday next month!

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  12. i love that denim! i think that will make a gorgeous ginger!

    my sewing table is currently groaning from an over-abundance of projects, as I am definitely feeling sewing ADD lately: two colour-blocked stripey jersey shirts, a slowly-progressing dress from lovely echino fabric, a herringbone wool miette (can't wait to try the pattern!), and a summer circle skirt using that lovely japanese double gauze recently used by both Tasia (Sewaholic) and Karen (Did You Make That) which I couldn't resist. . . who knows when it will all get done!!!

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  13. On my sewing table is a dress - Simplicity 2444. I'm loving my fabric, which has tape measures on it in lots of different colours. Husband is not of the same opinion, but it's not his, so - tough to him!! ;) Good luck with your skirt.

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  14. I thought you were making false moustaches at first!!! I love the simple skirt pattern. I am on crochet at the moment then possibly some easy patchwork next. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. I bought the Ginger and Beignet in 2011 and it's still on my list to do! I'm making a second Minoru jacket at the moment.

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  16. I'm going to finish the Wearing History Pin Up Sailor Playsuit this weekend. But you did remind me, that there is the Parfait Colette Pattern, that I really wanna make soon.

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  17. Right now I have a Tilly´s Miette skirt in light red canvas ;-)

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  18. I found your site yesterday quite by accident. I have read a good bit, and am brimming with anitcipation to get some of your things on my sewing table.

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  19. I thought it was moustaches, too! On my sewing table are ... some buttons and trim bought from Guthrie & Ghani but I have yet to get fabric to match so I can make something sweet. And needle and thread from a cat toy that had a rip in it ... must try harder!

    Liz

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  20. That's going to be a fab skirt! There's nothing actually on my sewing table right now as I'm going on holiday tomorrow, but when I get home I'll be making an embroidered silk dupion coat for a friend to wear to her sons wedding next month. I've almost finished the co-ordinating dress.

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  21. I love your skirts! I have just made a bag but eventually I want to make a summer top!

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  22. I'm also doing a Ginger skirt in brown and black, as well as another Sorbetto - it's a Colette weekend!

    www.craftseverywhere.blogspot.com

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  23. What's on your sewing table: Moustaches!!! Yes, that is the first thing I thought. Good luck turning them into a waistband.
    Mine is covered in mess.

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  24. You and I have a thing for polka dots.

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  25. Looks lovely! I'm making the Colette Iris shorts in exactly the same denim fabric. What's really funny about that is that I bought mine 7 years ago. In Sweden.

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  26. Hello love the skirt! Anxious to see how it turns out! Can I ask where you bought the fabric? And if I could buy it online since I don't live in UK. Thanks -Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea, I bought the denim from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, and the polka dot facing fabric is from Fabric Godmother.

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  27. Looks wonderful Tilly can't wait to see the finished product, it will be fab!
    Love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxx

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the secret polka dots :)
    On my sewing table are two calico toiles for two models for my lecture in two weeks time on getting a great fit from a commercial pattern at our national HandMade symposium. Still lots of pre to do for it though :(

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  29. I have just finished my first Miette skirt today, which I am feeling very pleased with.
    A lovely parcel of gingham, crepe and denim turned up yesterday. I am going to make my little girl a picnic blanket skirt (she is only 2, should that be napkin rather than blanket?) or maybe a pinafore with some pretty birdie fabric I have in my stash. Then I am going to take the plunge and make a Ma

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    1. Mathilde blouse for me! Going to use some buttons from an old cardigan that got bleach on it :(

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  30. A denim skirt is such a wardrobe staple.

    I've been working on a floral velveteen blazer can't wait to finish it and put it on the blog!!

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  31. Let's see... A mint green trench coat is in progress, as well as a pin-up version of Robin to wear as one of my costumes to HeroesCon next month (I always get more wear out of my superhero costumes if I make pin-uppy swing dress versions of them because I'll wear them swing dancing as well as to cons).

    Pending, I've recently acquired fabric for Cake Patterns' upcoming Hummingbird sewalong (so fabric for a skirt and peplum top), fabric for Gertie's newish shelf bust dress for Butterick (because I want to have a fancy new dress to wear to the swing dance convention I'm going to at the end of June), and fabric for the sailor top Cake Patterns is soon to be releasing (as well as fabric for a matching skirt). I also *just* ordered the pattern for the bottoms of the swimsuit I'm going to make in the near future for my beach trip next month and I'm in the process of picking out the fabric.

    I am indeed a busy, busy bee. :D

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  32. I like the polka dots! I just finished a plum polka dot fabric maxi skirt. Now I'm working on these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98120678/sewing-pattern-flapper-short?ref=shop_home_active

    I'm using a pink linen fabric and they are turning out great!

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  33. I'm sure this will be fab! Next up for me is a couple of refashions and Colette's Jasmine.

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  34. Hello! I stumbled across your blog before and found it again when I was looking into making my own tailor's ham. Weirdly enough, I started watching the Great British Sewing Bee after hearing about it from another blog and then I sort of did a double take at your picture on your blog and wondered if you were the same person. And, of course, your bio verified my suspicions! I'm so glad I found your blog and can follow-up on your current sewing endeavors! Yay!

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  35. Making clothes isn't my usual thing so there's nothing lije that on my sewing table at present. I have bought the GBSB book so that will change soon.
    Currently I have vintage fabric rabbits and cats, plus a comissioned Pride and Prejudice rose scented heart on my table. Oh, and lots of bits of fabric waiting to be cut up into more cats, rabbits, pillows, pincushions and suchlike!

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  36. Looking forward to seeing your new skirt. I'm making a (third) version of New Look 6022 with some lovely cotton from Guthrie and Ghani. Hoping for some sunny weather so I can wear it.

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  37. funnily enough I also have a denim Ginger skirt on my sewing table. Mine is a mid blue denim and I made up some patch pockets to get a bit of a 70's vibe happening. Cant wait to see your finished skirt Tilly :-)

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  38. That skirt sounds lovely! I love pretty facings =)
    I'm currently making a Sorbetto top out of one of my dad's old shirts (it has been washed!) but I'd love to make one of your Mathilde blouses in a Liberty print next...!

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  39. No need to justify your use of polka dots, I'm with you there Tilly! What's on my sewing table? Why a Miette :-) In grey cotton with white polka dots, lol! The instructions are fantastic, hope to finish this weekend :-)

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  40. What's on my sewing table? The exact same pattern! I just bought the Ginger this weekend too. Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out. I want to make a denim version but I'm a beginner and I'm not sure I'm ready for something that heavy.

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  41. oo I might have to get me a Ginger pattern (as I ginge myself - a must)..

    And you can never ever have too many dots... I love dots.....

    Stephanie

    http://in-my-backyard.net

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  42. I'm playing Miette Tetris, trying to get four skirt pieces from 2m of printed cotton. Thank goodness I've got toning plain fabric for the waistband and ties!

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  43. I aslo love polka dots, and I was wondering if there is a limit of age for them (i'm 31 ;) ) Recent shopping on ebay will bring me home loads of polka dots and stars :D
    On my sewing table right now: my very first Mathilde blouse!! I'm at the "cutting and gluing pattern" phase, btw, I have to search that post where you eliminated tucks, the fabric is pretty "busy" and I'd like to try it without :)
    Next is a pair of summer skinny jeans in blue stretch denim using a Burda pdf pattern (just glued the pattern together). And, who knows, I might as well buy your Miette next, I really need an easy summer skirt :)

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  44. Looked at the fist photo and thought "ooh, polka dot moustache!". Been spending too much time with my (moustache obsessed) sister. :-)

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  45. Ohhh I love polka-dots. It's going to look great! I can't wait to see it when its done. I'm making a red polka dot dress right now with Sewaholic's Lonsdale dress

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  46. I've also got a Colette skirt pattern on my sewing table - it's the beignet and the hardest thing I've tried to date. Wish me luck! I'm making it in a sensible stripe but with a gorgeous pink lining on the inside to put an extra swing in my step each time I wear it.

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  47. I also have several denim skirts on my to-sew list including a Ginger. Can't wait to see yours finished up. Denim skirts I so practical and useful.

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  48. Loving polka dots myself and realised I have made quite a few garments over the years from medium and small scale polka dots. And I am soon going to make a Vogue tailored shirt I have made before but in a pale ice blue with tiny white polka dots. Should be very cute. When I get to pressing the fabric and cutting another one out to sew!
    I don't think there is an age limit on polka dots at least not if they are on the smaller size. They are like stripes, and paisley- a real classic design that never dates.

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  49. Love polka dots..and stripes :o) That is great fabric, can't wait to see the finished article.
    On my sewing table in various stages of completion:
    Denim chambray (with red accents) Miette, Floral lawn Scout Tee and Cabarita stripy tee.

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  50. Lovely polka dots. I bound a quilt with them, and it was the perfect fabric. Not plain, not busy, just striking.

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  51. You can't have enough dots. They are essential! I have always wanted to sew a Ginger but i'm not big on skirts. I'm lazy and I like dresses - tops and bottoms all sorted out in one!

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  52. I am too scared to make anything for me. I'm all baby tummy that hasn't gone and prefer not to think about it too much. The three little people get things though, shirts and baby dresses mostly and bibs.

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  53. I am too scared to make anything for me. I'm all baby tummy that hasn't gone and prefer not to think about it too much. The three little people get things though, shirts and baby dresses mostly and bibs.

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    1. Don't think about it and make yourself an a line skirt! My baby is 19 next week, and if I'd waited until my baby belly was gone to make something for me, I'd still be waiting! And I bet anything you're the only one that notices it.

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  54. I feel so alone! You all are doing skirts. My sewing table sports a partially constructed pair of summer pants (McCalls M6291) in a drapey, lightweight polyester. I want something, loose, flowy and slightly baggy for cool evenings.

    The polyester is my toile for a lightweight, breathable parachute silk pant. A couple of years ago I read a blogger who said she never used muslin, but instead a similar but inexpensive fashion fabric to try a new pattern. You can tweak fit and style on the cheaper fabric. As she pointed out, if it works, you get a fully wearable, albeit cheap, item of clothing. If it doesn't, nothing lost. I've been doing this ever since.

    Maybe I'll join the skirt fashion parade afterward. I feel inspired by all of you.

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