|The Smug Cake I am holding on this occasion is one that has a carefully|
crafted portrait of my husband on it (in case that wasn't immediately obvious!)
I'd been waiting for a black top to go with this skirt, which I finished AGES ago and still hadn't worn. And then, having finished a top, the skirt just didn't look right. It needed something to make it a bit more black, and tie into the top. So I used the leftover scraps from the top to add a band to the bottom of the skirt. And now, I really like it - hooray!
The black lawn cotton was only £7.99 for a metre from Singers, and so, including trims and thread, I got myself a top for under a tenner. It feels nice and airy - just right for the current heat wave we're experiencing. And the skirt only used the remains of half a metre I'd bought for a purse - admittedly of expensive Japanese linen (at £16 a metre), but still not bad, and buttons and zip taken into account, still came in for under a tenner (just).
These two items of clothing are evidence if ever it was needed of why I could never make money out of making clothes. Don't get me wrong - I have LOVED the process of creating them, and will enjoy wearing them lots now they are finished. But it took me ages to reach a point where I was happy with it and felt like it was finished. Much tinkering had to be done before I liked the finished result.
|Retro Bobble Purse|
And happily, now I've finished the top and skirt, I was able to fish out the matching purse that had been waiting to be used (this was the reason I bought the lovely Kokka fabric in the first place - the skirt was never part of the plan, but rather, just something I randomly decided to make because I had just about enough scraps left over to make it).
All in all, I am a happy sewing bunny this week. But here are a couple of shots of the wrong side to right side stitching disasters of last week - lest I get too ahead of myself...