I had a successful October by giving myself a realistic goal and meeting it, and it has no doubt given me confidence and motivation to do the same for November. This systematic way of identifying my sewing plans and slowly conquering it means I keep my eye on the goal (not distracted by the gazillion projects I have in my mind) and enjoy the fruits of it later on.
Before I dive into sharing about my November ideas and the pairing of the fabrics and patterns, I wanted to talk a little bit about Cotton + Steel’s fabrics. For the longest time I’ve been a fan, I love how the colours are bold, vibrant with very unique prints. I love that the cotton are of high quality and being printed/manufactured in Japan. It is aesthetically pleasing so much so that even the selvedge looks pretty. I’ve amassed a rather large collection of Cotton + Steel fabrics (also a result of holding per-orders in a Facebook group for the Singapore community) which I plan to slowly get through.
This post took me a long while to write simply because life took over but that doesn’t mean I’ve not started on what I endeavour to do. In-fact, I’ve already cut out my patterns pieces and ready to sew them together.
The general theme for this month seems to be skirts. I’ve been lacking bottoms for awhile now and I have been inspired by the style of tucking in a plain top/tshirt into high-waist skirts. Tried and tested, I think it works pretty well for my body shape.
Tilly and the buttons – Delphine skirt
Source: Tilly and the Buttons
This is a simple A-line skirt which is fairly high-waist and a good flare at the sides. The last time I made it was in a hot pink cotton fabric that runs down to under the knee. I didn’t have a good fit at the waist area as the waist band ran big. So this time, I’m incline to take the waist in even more and have it sit above the knee for a more modern look. This floral print from the Les Fleurs collection is a collaboration between Cotton + Steel and Rifle Paper Co. I’ve thought hard about what I’ll make out of it and I think it will look great as an A-line skirt with a crisp white t-shirt tucked into it.
Self-drafted Full Circle Skirt
Source of the skirt: Pinterest
To me, this is definitely a case of identifying the fabric and then think of what patterns it will go well with. Most of the time (for me at least), I’ll select the patterns first before choosing matching fabrics. Trinket by Melody Miller is full of cute prints printed on unbleached quilting cotton that gives it a vintage look. These whistles looks very 60’s like they are from another era altogether which I imagined it to look great in something big and frilly hence the circle skirt. I adore circle skirts, really. They are swirly, feminine yet full of character. This time round, instead of an elastic waist-band, I’m going to insert a waist-band that is with facing and the whole works. It will look a lot more structured and sits at the waist. I’m already excited for this one.