Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • A Kelly Skirt for Autumn

    Autumn has always been my favourite time of year, mainly because I'm a bit of a home-bod and I like staying in and eating crumble in front of a movie without guilt. It's harder to do that when it's a beautiful day outside! My second favourite thing about autumn is the outfits, thick tights, cosy scarves, woollen jackets - basically all the layering. Summer is far too 'bare all' for my liking.

    I wanted to make an everyday skirt that would look good with tights and looked a bit preppy so I chose the Kelly Skirt by  Megan Nielson. It's a beginner pattern so I guessed it would sew up easily, which it certainly did. Unfortunately Megan is currently not printing the paper pattern but you can download the pdf version here. I used an Ellen Luckett Baker fabric from the stamped collection, it's a medium weight, linen/cotton, just what the pattern called for. I actually thought it might be a bit light for this skirt but after making it up I wouldn't want to use anything heavier. I loved the print as soon as it landed in the shop and instantly thought of the white shell triangle buttons I had sitting at home - twas all meant to be!

    I made up the medium size but had to add a bit to the waistband and the front piece, which was an easy adjustment as everything is basically rectangles. The only thing I would change is to slightly curve the waistband next time as you can get a sizeable hand down the small of my back! I have two more versions of this skirt cut out, I'm making one out of the grey scallop fabric from the same designer with fuchsia pockets, and the other using this gorgeous mountain print from Liberty.

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    This pattern would also work perfectly for autumn with our new range of corduroy - so many colours to choose from!

    Michelle

  • Winter's Lane by Kate and Birdie Paper Co.

    I know it's bit early, and reminders of the looming chilly months are generally unwelcome, but the arrival of these pretty wintry prints hasn't clouded our skies....

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