As much as I’d love to wear all the crazy clothes all the time, sadly it doesn’t quite mesh with having a full-time office job. With the change from summer to winter coming as well, the awesome summer dresses get packed away in the wardrobe and the thicker, warmer garments get their chance at seeing the outside world.
In the summer, it’s my fabrics that do the talking. Alexander Henry, skulls, anything gothic or just a little bit wacky is fair game. In the winter, I try to focus on the techniques – perfecting finishes on jackets and coats, practising welt pockets, upping my shirt-making game, and getting the perfect fit. Wools and corduroys feature heavily now, and I’ve got some lovely ones lined up. Having said that, I have some ‘winter’ Alexander Henry fabrics on the way which I can’t wait to use – keep your eyes peeled!
I find that I make more separates in the winter, because it’s too cold for dresses, but I do want to make some pinafore dresses that I can layer over shirts and jumpers. I haven’t found the perfect pattern yet though – I need a high-waisted skirt, and a defined waistband. A lot of the dresses I see – the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo, for example – don’t have a waist and these are going to look like a sack on me so I avoid them like the plague. The new collection from Named Patterns has a really cool pinafore dress – the Amber – I’m not so keen on the shape of the front but I’m totally in love with the back and will no doubt graft this on to a future pinafore.
So on to the main attraction… this skirt represents a bit of a different look for me – autumn office chic! It’s also my first post as an official Minerva Crafts Blogger, which allows me to work with all kinds of different fabrics and pattern companies. This is the first pattern I have used from Sew House Seven, and I’m really impressed! The instructions are super clear and easy to follow and the skirt came together really quickly. Perfect when you need a quick sewing hit. I’d really like to make another one with stretch leather pockets.
It’s designed to sit just below your natural waist, but for the next one I make I will cut a smaller waistband so that I can wear it on my waist rather than under it as I think this will suit my shape better. As it is, I graded between two sizes at the waist/hip and this is what got me such a good fit – huge hips and narrow waist mean that RTW skirts never fit me at both points!
So here’s a couple of taster pictures… for the full post please head on over to the Minerva Crafts site through the link below to see all the pictures and read all about my Alberta Pencil Skirt 🙂