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Dreams of the 6000

I’m really keen to amp up the sewing and garment making.  The plan is to make one wearable item of clothing a month and to actually wear it!

So far I’ve worn the Hollyburn skirt 2 twice and its has survived a wash without falling to shreds – result.  I’m working on another Hollyburn, which is 70% completed, zip and hem to go (I’m slow at hand sewing, the hemming will take a while).   Also, I’ve  added a lining to this one, so in my mind its akin to sewing 2 garments at once and twice the hem!  I’m hoping to have it finished by Friday so I can start the next project: New Look 6000 Swoon, what a beautiful dress.

New Look 6000

I’ve been drooling over pics  online, reading blogs of those who’ve already made it for months and dreamt about  this dress.  So much has my obsession grown I bought this from ASOS as its similar to view E.  What finally made me bump it up my make list is Scruffy badgers Polka Dot Frock Fest.  Polka Dot 6000, yes please!  I’ll need to make a toile first, which is crucial for me with dresses as my 2 previous attempts have been disastrous and 2 sizes too big! So before I cut into some gorgeous spotty fabric I’ll make a test run out of one of the bed sheets my Mum passed on to me for that very purpose.    Oh and  I need to go shopping for some gorgeous spotty fabric.


I made it

On Friday I mentioned that there would be drinking of gin and sewing.  I did indeed sew a skirt. the skirt is the Sewaholic Hollyburn.

I cut the paper pattern out on Thursday evening and settled down to cutting out the fabric on Friday. I didn’t rush this stage, with the words of a dressmaking tutor in my head ‘spend longer on cutting than you would sewing’.  Now I must admit that I’m not fan of the cutting stages, it makes me nervous, its so final and it takes a long time.  I impatient and want to get on and sit at my machine and sew.   It was gone 11pm when I finished and there was no way I could sew successfully at that hour.  Reluctantly I left it and drank more gin.

I did the bulk of the sewing on Sunday evening listening to the Les Miserables film soundtrack. The instructions were easy to follow, the skirt construction had nothing I hadn’t already tackled in evening classes or weekend courses.  I’d also been following  mymessings sewalong so had a good idea what I was up to.  It came together easily.  I deviated from the pattern instructions and followed My Messings French seam tutorial.  This gave the inside of the skirt a lovely neat finish and one I’m very proud of. I decided to hand sew the hem and finished it last night so I could wear it today.

I will definitely make this skirt again, already I’m planning a solid colour version with a contrasting patterned pockets and maybe some piping on the waist band.

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Me, in the skirt. I’m wearing it with a navy cardigan and dark brown boots.

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