Friday, 20 February 2015

Love At First Stitch- Delphine Skirt

A couple of weeks ago now, I made the Delphine Skirt' from Tilly Walnes' book 'Love at First Stitch', which I reviewed here. However, with photography and textiles work I haven't been able to write about it until now.
Whilst making this skirt, I realized a slight issue I have with the book, which I forgot about when I wrote about making the Mimi Blouse.
The pattern sizes confuse me.
The book includes size guides for the finished garment and size guides based on your body measurements. I have a larger waist, compared to the rest of me and a no-hip combo going on, so skirts and shorts etc, are often difficult for me to gauge size wise. My waist measurement fell between the smallest and the second smallest size, but lay perfectly on the finished garment measurements for the smallest size. I decided to make the bigger size, as I thought it would be easier to take the skirt in than muddle about making it bigger. It turned out that I should have made the smaller size as it fell down once finished. Luckily, the skirt was simple to make (for my skill level), so didn't take long to fix, and I am so happy with the result!

My sister did originally take pictures for this when we went for our walk the other day, but I looked like an Orc on all of them, so I had to retake them, in front of my wardrobe. I used a yellow/biscuit coloured wool fabric from 1st For Fabrics. (My favourite shop ever). It was £16 a metre, due to it being made of wool, but the pattern only required a metre of fabric, so it didn't end up overly expensive. It is very similar to the one in the book, but I loved the colour of the one Tilly made so much, and I couldn't afford lots of the other wool fabrics which I liked. 

There is a slight pucker in the waistband, where I caught the fabric as I was top-stitching it. I unpicked most of the error but didn't fancy my chances unpicking the last tiny bit without catching the fabric and ripping it. I also didn't use an invisible zip, as the pattern said, as I could not find one in the same colour, but I am quite good at putting in zips, so I decided to use a normal zip. Considering the fact that I've never used a zip foot to put a zip in a garment, I'd say I'm quite a zip-pro. 

Here is one of the photos from the other day where I didn't look like an Orc. 

I am currently making a secret garment (I can't say what incase she looks on here) for my sister's birthday present next friday. If she is up for it, I will share photos on here, as I've been making her try it onto see how the fit is as I go (whilst she has her eyes closed), and it looks so nice on her! 

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x

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