November 21, 2011

A poll and a hint

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing — Aileen @ 12:34

I had a pretty good weekend, I hope you guys did too! My energy levels have been really up and down recently. Some days I feel like usual; others, I feel really depleted. I think it’s a general come-down from finishing up my course and the bananas summer I had. I felt a lot like this after my last masters (a lot worse, if I remember correctly) so I’m trying not to get too stressed out about it. Anyway, this weekend I bought a new iron – only just worth going into town on a Saturday for, I did some sewing, some house stuff and got some good work in down at the organ.

I got buttons sewn on to a hoodie so I’ll show pictures tomorrow. For now, I want to ask your opinion. I am planning my next sewing projects. I have this red tartan fabric a while and I want to sew a pleated skirt.

Do I go traditional and sew a skirt like this? Or do I go for something like this? I’m tending mostly towards the latter: yoke cut on the bias, three pleats in both the front and back. I think I would extend those pleats right up to the yoke for better movement. What do you think?

I am also in the process of drafting a top. Kind of take two of this one that I made during the summer. I’m going to put in a zipper and make it fitted. And I’m going to make a rounder neckline and put in a peter-pan collar. I got my basic block drafted last night. Regarding the darts, I am only about 75% sure of what I am doing so we’ll have to see what the muslin looks like.

I spent a little while making this yesterday.

It’s a Christmas present for someone so you’ll have to wait for a better look!

Let me know about the skirt.



  1. Second skirt – much less like a school uniform!

    Comment by Laura — November 21, 2011 @ 15:55

  2. definitely second skirt! first one has too much pleating around the hips, as well as looking like a dodgy schoolgirl effort.

    Comment by eimearee — November 21, 2011 @ 17:06

  3. I agree with the other comments, the second skirt is much nicer.

    Comment by Hazbo — November 21, 2011 @ 17:55

  4. I think second style of skirt – much more your style :). am looking forward to progress…………….

    I had one of the first style skirts years ago and there is a lot of fabric which would be very difficult to control on a bike!!!!

    Comment by Maryl — November 21, 2011 @ 19:30

  5. Like the others said, definitely the second skirt. Much more you and much less school uniform.

    Comment by Isobel — November 21, 2011 @ 20:04

  6. My vote is definitely for the second skirt too. It looks much more “current”, if you know what I mean, than the other one.

    Comment by Mags — November 21, 2011 @ 22:49

  7. Second skirt. Ditto on the school uniform vibe for skirt no. 1.

    Comment by Mairin — November 22, 2011 @ 00:35

  8. You know what I’m gonna say. 2nd skirt definitely. Maybe try out the lengths of the pleats by pinning? Either way, can’t go wrong.

    Comment by Nic — November 22, 2011 @ 11:12

  9. I think the second skirt in that fabric will be amazing.

    Comment by Cathy — November 22, 2011 @ 21:20

  10. Second skirt. Also, could you tell me where you got that plaid fabric? I am trying to make a uniform skirt for a costume and I need plaid fabric just like that.

    Comment by Alicia — December 19, 2011 @ 23:28

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