I spent the last two weeks playing for opera rehearsals (which was scary, then interesting, and then tedious) and went immediately home to Sligo to play for the wedding of two very good friends. It was back to terra firma yesterday. What better way to treat oneself after a day of tidying up and chopping bushes than to whip up a bias skirt?
I got a book a while ago called One Yard Wonders. I think we all fall foul of buying a sample of a fabric too beautiful to leave behind from time to time. This book has piles of ideas to put such snippets to work.
I picked up 1.25m of this cotton/elastic mix in the Woollen Mills last week. It was the end of the bolt so they gave it to me for the price of a metre.
It is the world’s simplest skirt pattern. You cut out two pattern pieces on the bias and sew the side seams. Then you make a hem at the top but leave room to thread elastic through it. You adjust the elastic to fit and then finish off the hem. Lastly, you hem the bottom.
It took me less than an hour and that’s including being fussy with pressing all of my seams before sewing.
By happy accident, my dots lined up nicely. I love the fabric – it drapes beautifully – but I went half-blind cutting it out.
The rest of the book is great. The clothing section has lots of easy, quick projects like this one, perfect for a beginner. There are sections for the house, organisation, kids and toys, too. I will definitely be making more from it.