5 July 2010

A 1970s feel Beignet

Here she is! My favourite sewing project so far, Beignet skirt from Colette Patterns. I made it in a gorgeous bright blue denim that I found on my shopping trip with Debi, a denim which made me think of the 1970s (in a good way) and went wonderfully with amber-yellow accents. As I've come to expect from Colette Patterns, the instructions are refreshingly clear and the pattern a joy to work with. The only thing I'd say - as some other bloggers have noticed with these patterns - is that I needed nowhere near as much fabric as it said I would. In fact, I barely used half of what the instructions told me I'd need.

I learnt that denim is really easy to work with, once I'd invested in some sturdy needles. But once I'd applied the facing, the skirt became really bulky, not to mention very blue. I started thinking to myself, "Next time I make this, I'll use a contrast cotton for the facing," and "When I become a more experienced seamstress, I'll think about these details ahead". And then something happened which I can't really explain - with uncharacteristic patience, I proceeded to unpick the whole facing, unpick the side seams, unpick the pockets, layout the pattern pieces on some leftover fabric from my first sewing project, cut them all out again, and go through the whole process of sewing the facing and pockets all over again. I really don't know what came over me, but I am so happy with the result!

[Soundtrack: 'Band on the Run' by Wings - the band The Beatles could have been...]