Sometimes one just needs something a little bustly in ones wardrobe, especially when one is hanging out with adventure seeking, time travelling, molly dancing, steam punk automata. As you do.
As befits such time travelling adventures, I’m a little hazy on when all this sewing took place. First there was the prototype “bustle” skirt, which Professor Moustachio and I then dip dyed.
At some point later (but this year, I’m pretty sure), this more elegant version got made in some rather lovely shot green/orange needle cord. This was worn to a dance out and I discovered that the waistline finished with bias binding (as per tutorial detailed in the prototype skirt post) was both not the comfiest and not the most secure (especially if some noggin had used a popper(snap) to fasten it at the back, not the brightest idea I’ve ever had to hold up a skirt under pressure).
So the day before the latest dance out, I sewed on some swags of ribbon (fittingly orange shot with green) that I’d been toying with, sewed the bustley bits at the back in place (rather than leaving them permanently safety pinned as I wasn’t sure I’d done them right, I’m still not sure, but at least they’re secure now) and improvised a scruffy looking but comfy and secure waistband out of the last bit of leftover fleece from my ill fated lola.
And then I went me a singing for the dancers at the steam up at Coldharbour Mill and whilst I was there I got to accompany the boy in his element – asking detailed questions of enthusiastic volunteers.
And now I have made something with nearly all the fabric I brought in Brighton (just the precious black needle cord to go), hooray for me! Also, this counts towards my goal of making 12 things from “proper stash” this year (i.e., not stuff I bought right at the end of 2015 or leftovers). There are a lot of ways I could chose to count this, but today I’m thinking that my stripey trousers, first drape top, sun hats, the sucessful drape top, Challenge Anya skirt, burgandy shot cord skirt, waistcoat, pajama’s (do these count as they were half made?) and this makes 11, which with 2 months left is not bad going!
How’re your sewing goals for this year going?