Skirting the issue

Happy New Year people!

How have you all been? Hope the new year has started well. Well it certainly has for me. I made a skirt. Its an easy project, so technically might not impress all you good people out there, but I am happy. You will all know I have not made anything lately, so I wanted to start with something light. This will hopefully make me get my sewing groove on.

Last year was pretty uneventful on the sewing front, and I have to continously tell myself there was nothing I could do to sew more things last year. Yeah, I’ve been feeling pretty inadequate, especially with all the sewing recaps I have seen popping up on blogs to mark the end of 1 year, and the beginning of another. So, to all of you who have done such posts, thanks for making me feel guilty and lazy. I hate you all. Well not really, your productivity more likely. 

This year, I am not making any fancy pancy sewing plans. All I want to do is sew more skirts. They are easy, and quick, and great wardrobe fillers. You see people, I recently got a new job, which I will be starting in February, so I need to get a new look. I’m not obliged to, but I want to. It will do me good methinks, to have a new wardrobe. So yeah, new year, new job, and, I am hoping, new wardrobe.

I used quilting cotton that I bought on sale from John Lewis. I am cheap you know. It was going for £6.50/metre I think. The fabric is by Joel Dewberry, and it is the rose bouquet in gold from the Heirloom collection. It was really easy to sew, and it feels very soft to the touch. I shall be visiting dear old Johnny L in the not to distant future for more quilting cottons.

I did not use a pattern, but followed Gertie’s instructions on making a gathered skirt. I like the way it turned out, but I don’t like the way the zip is placed. She has you insert the zip after the band has been attached, and you leave the zip ends exposed . It does not matter on the outside, but I know it is exposed on the inside, and I personally don’t like it. So when I am making it next, I shall sew the zip on before I attach the band. It really is one of the easiest things to make, and since I intend to have many skirts this year, I shall definitely be making more.

One more thing.To those who won stuff in my recent giveaway, I am yet to post out your prizes. I’m sorry it has taken this long, but I had to prepare long and hard for my interviews over the christmas period, so needless to say, going to the post office was not top of my activity list. I shall be sending them out to you this week. Hope you understand.



  1. January 6, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    The skirt fits you very well. And I love the boots.

  2. January 6, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    Lovely skirt Dibs, what an excellent way to get back into sewing for 2013! So good to see you back and congratulations on the new job…how exciting!!!

  3. January 7, 2013 / 1:24 am

    I've always loved that print! It looks great with the purple shirt! I'm all about the easy, useful makes, too – If you are ever looking for a new pattern, I think you'd look fabulous in the Cake Tiramisu pattern. Full skirt, fitted bodice, stretchy material – it's all good! Work friendly, too.
    Glad you are back sewing – Don't feel guilty about a damned thing. Just enjoy what you do! : )

  4. January 7, 2013 / 2:23 am

    The skirt looks fabulous on- that print is super colourful and lovely for a cold winter!

  5. January 7, 2013 / 3:22 am

    Hiya dibs, so glad to see you posting and sewing!!! Love that skirt!!! Very cheerful.

  6. January 7, 2013 / 4:33 am

    Love your skirt. So glad you are sewing again. Like you I feel guilty 'coz I haven't done much sewing over the last year – is that what I need, a new job! lol Anyway, congratulations on getting a new job.

  7. January 7, 2013 / 5:18 am

    Gorgeous skirt Dibs! Happy new year to you too, and congratulations in the new job!

  8. January 7, 2013 / 6:43 am

    Congratulations on the new job! I love work clothes sewing, it feels so satisfying when a colleague asks about it… actually, it's satisfying whenever anyone asks! Love the fabric you used, I am on a real quilting cotton bend right now

  9. January 7, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Congratulations on your new job!! What a fresh start to the year, and such a cute skirt too. Looks great, and please don't beat yourself up for sewing less than you think you should have. You are holding down a full time job, applying for a new one, keeping all the men in your life happy with possibly one little man that needs more than the others!! Do it your way x

  10. January 7, 2013 / 10:30 am

    Gorgeously colourful 🙂 Love it!

  11. January 7, 2013 / 12:03 pm

    Love the skirt, Dibs, and congrats on the new job! I've been eyeing this fabric for a while now but wasn't sure how it would look as clothing, think I may need to buy some now to make my own skirt 🙂

  12. January 7, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    Happy New Year! And well done of the new job – always a great reason to change your wardrobe! Love the colours! 😀

  13. January 7, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    lovely outfit. great colour combination! i made gertie's skirt a while back and i wasn't happy with the zip (altho i love the skirt!). i think i would extend the waistband to make a tab for the buttonhole and put the zip in below the waistband as you say. hope the new job goes well!

  14. January 7, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    Happy New Year! I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog/Very Versatile Blogger. The rules are in my last post…

  15. January 7, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Your skirt is such lovely happy colours! I hope your sewing groove is back at full strength soon!

  16. January 7, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Oh, this looks so cute on you! Love the print, and the shape and length of the skirt is perfect on you! Congrats on the new job! And dude– you've got a FULL plate! Don't feel bad about productivity (or lack thereof). Yeah, I sewed a lot last year, but I don't have a baby or a new job (or a social life)!

  17. January 7, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    Congratulations on your new job and Happy New Year! Good to see you again Dibs! The skirt is gorgeous, the colours are amazing. I know what you mean about others productivity and as Sonja says above you've got a LOT going on day to day and we're all different. Sew what makes you happy and to heck with counting how many!

  18. January 7, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    I love your skirt, it's so bright and cheery (and I love your hair)! And it's interesting to read your comments on Gertie's skirt tutorial. I had looked at it ages ago, but hadn't seen one made up. Congratulations on you new job, and millions of luck with it! 🙂

  19. January 7, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    Nice to see you back blogging and sewing again! Congratulations on the new job, I hope it's the beginning of a great year for you x

  20. January 7, 2013 / 11:21 pm

    Very pretty Dibs! Are you around on the 2nd of Feb? I'm doing a blogger meetup in Walthamstow. I dropped you an email just ping one back if you fancy it! x

  21. January 8, 2013 / 12:10 am

    The skirt is so pretty on you, love the fabric!

  22. January 8, 2013 / 7:00 am

    HI Dibs, Happy New Year ! I'm glad to read you again ! This skirt is really great on you !

  23. January 8, 2013 / 7:30 am

    why thank you! those boots have been my life saver since I went back to work. Sadly they are falling apart now.

  24. January 8, 2013 / 7:31 am

    thanks hon

  25. January 8, 2013 / 7:31 am

    hihihihi. It really is exciting. I hope I continue this way.

  26. January 8, 2013 / 7:32 am

    I actually have that pattern, and I have been waiting for the Sew-along. I really love it, and can't wait to make it.

  27. January 8, 2013 / 7:32 am

    Exactly. I needed to brighten my winter. so depressing round these parts.

  28. January 8, 2013 / 7:33 am

    Thank you Kay

  29. January 8, 2013 / 7:33 am

    hahahahaha. No, not a new job. In your case everytime you go to see your grandchild, you could whip up something new? lol

  30. January 8, 2013 / 7:34 am

    Thanks Michelle. Happy new year to you too.

  31. January 8, 2013 / 7:34 am

    So true Juliet. I wore it to work yesterday and my colleagues really loved it.

  32. January 8, 2013 / 7:35 am

    Thanks Winnie. I hope the new year stays fresh in every way. lol

  33. January 8, 2013 / 7:35 am

    Thanks Poppykettle

  34. January 8, 2013 / 7:36 am

    That is the thing with quilting cotton I think. You can never picture how it will look as clothing. I just really loved the print when I saw it.

  35. January 8, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Thanks Roo.

  36. January 8, 2013 / 7:37 am

    Merci Lasandrou, et bonne annee

  37. January 8, 2013 / 7:37 am

    Thanks Suzy.

  38. January 8, 2013 / 7:38 am

    Stevie, why do you have to do this to me? temptations temptations. arrrgh!. You know I can't resist. lol. I WILL BE THERE!

  39. January 8, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Thanks Kestrel. I hope so too.

  40. January 8, 2013 / 7:40 am

    Yeah. The skirt is really nice and lovable…but that zip? lol. I suppose if all you want is a really fast skirt, but if you want something to last. But it is a really good skirt.

  41. January 8, 2013 / 7:41 am

    Aww, thanks. I will try to apply the rules.

  42. January 8, 2013 / 7:41 am

    Thanks Gabrielle.

  43. January 8, 2013 / 7:42 am

    hahahaha. Surely you have a social life Sonja. What is sewing, if not all you need for a healthy social life? lol.

  44. January 8, 2013 / 7:42 am

    Thanks Vicki. I really love the colours, so bright.

  45. January 8, 2013 / 7:43 am

    Thanks Lynne. The hair sadly, is not mine. lol. Extensions baby, extensions.

  46. January 8, 2013 / 10:07 am

    Aww, Dibs your back sewing, Yay!! Love the fabric choice for your skirt, looks fab!!

    congrats on the new job too, sounds like your off to a positive start to the new year, I hope it continues for you 🙂

  47. January 8, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Glad to see you are sewing and posting! Happy new year, congrats on the new job. Is it everything you were looking for? Hugs and kisses! ♥

  48. January 9, 2013 / 2:26 am

    That skirt is awesome and the perfect addition to a work wardrobe for a brand new job – congrats!

  49. January 9, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    Congratulations on the new job! The skirt is wonderful, and I especially love that you've paired it with the purple top. Making more skirts sounds like a fabulous plan for 2013 🙂

  50. January 11, 2013 / 2:33 am

    I see nothing wrong with an entirely new wardrobe made of skirts! Congratulations on the new job!

  51. January 24, 2013 / 2:25 am

    Hi Dibs, your skirt is lovely. I, too, love skirts and make many (all lengths). THis entire outfit is cute and the boots, nice. Congrats on your new job!!!!

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