Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sewing Bee inspiration

So like almost everyone else I've been hooked on the new season the The Great British Sewing Bee. How inspirational? I particularly enjoy the middle challenge, where they're given an existing garment and have to use their own creativity to create something new. I think I like it so much because I know I'd be rubbish at it!




But it has prompted me to try to think outside the box and look at how I can reuse existing garments and fabrics that I have in my stash.

So when I was tidying out my fabrics, I found a single curtain that I'd got from the remnant box in John Lewis for £2.




Although I'd been holding onto it with the view of making some sort of cushion, I wondered whether it would make up into something else - a skirt maybe? So using the BurdaStyle pattern I used a couple of weeks ago for my fox skirt, I thought I'd have a go at remaking it in this slightly heavier weight fabric.

Here it is half made up. It still needs to be hemmed, but I think it might be a bit roomy on the hips so I'll try it on again later and perhaps take it in a bit. What do you think? Although its upholstery fabric I think it makes an interesting skirt - nice with a white t-shirt. And all for about £4!!


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  1. Hi! I like the skirt you've made, very stylish and just perfect for spring. Love the colour and pattern. I can't believe you got it for just £2 in John Lewis!
    Have a lovely week!
    Marion (my-two-girls.blogspot.com)

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  2. Thanks Marion, I really must get it hemmed though!! Love bargain fabrics! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment xx

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  3. Your skirt looks fabulous - love the material. Looks just like a Boden skirt. Hope you model it for us when it is finished!
    Caz xx

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    1. Thanks Caz - I've managed to get it finished so if the weather improves here in the chilly North I'll try to get it on this week!!

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  4. Oh I think it makes a fabulous skirt! I might be the only person in the sewing world who doesn't watch the Sewing Bee, I'm not sure why....I am clearly missing out and need to get iPlayer on :)

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    1. Oooh Beth, you need to catch up on it! I've even managed to get my football mad 8 year old hooked! Xx

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  5. Lovely fabric for the summer !From Italy
    Maddy

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    1. Thanks Maddy, I'm looking forward to putting it on as soon as possible! X

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  6. Wow, that is gorgeous. How clever!

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    1. Thanks Josie, it's probably been my best bargain purchase - some of the fabric out there is so expensive! Xx

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  8. Hi Helen , yes I used to pick out the tufts as well....just too tempting :0)
    Thanks for your comment. I LOVE this skirt and I'm a sewing bee addict as you may know.....I'll be so sad when it's over this week.
    Jacquie x

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  9. I love love love that fabric, have you seen my sew-along, we have been making some very similar skirts to yours...I even made some from a bit of vintage barkcloth...!
    Joining along with you as i like what I see here!
    bestest wishes
    Daisy jones x

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    1. Oooh Daisy, I'm off to have a look at your sew-along now! I totally love barkcloth! Happy memories from the 70s!! Lovely to have you!!

      Helen xx

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