Following my daughter-seal-of-approval of the sunshine yellow skirt, I’m on a secret operation to make a bunch more. But shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, because it’s a… you know! Operation Sunshine Yellow begins…
First step: preparing the fabric. An overnight soak in the bath removes the starch from the fabric – which is used to literally stick the threads together while it’s being woven. Then into the washing machine with some Dylon machine dye.
Next step: refining the construction process. While making up three skirts in three different sizes I learn:
- my overlocker blade gives up the ghost when cutting through more than four layers of fabric. So I precut some of the side seams before overlocking
- my labels melt if I iron them at maximum temperature. So I’ll give that a miss next time.
- put pockets on before doing the side and back seams. Otherwise, you’re working in a tube of fabric that’s only 25cm wide – very fiddly!
- I should consult my commercial patterns fffffor construction methods – a slow learning curve at this stage impinges on my fffffmotivation and satisfaction.
- I need to ffffffffix the ‘f’ key on my keyboard. It’s sticking and makes me express myself in fffffunny way.
All in all – this is a good place to be. At the end of my first week, I’ve run up three trial skirts in sizes 18m, 2y and 3y. Next steps – getting my numerous toddler friends to try them on and see how they fit!
Posted in Dyeing, sewing, skirt, things for other people, toddler clothes, using the stash
Tags: dylon, georgeina baker, handmade toddler clothes, machine dyeing, remove starch, skirt, sunflower yellow, sunshine, sunshine yellow skirt
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Bank holiday weekend means three glorious, non-work, consecutive days. Some, if not all of which can be used to Get On With It. Woop!
So I’m challenging my creative self to a duel – to the finish – to:
- alter bright print shift dress that I broke my Wardrobe Refashion pledge with. Ironically, it needs refashioning cos it’s two sizes too big for me
- tee-shirts for hubby – there’s a stack needing taking in and tweaking
- finish off turning green lampshade skirt into a bubble skirt, as I pledged to do as one of my Wardrobe Refashion projects
- AND, if I’m not creatively spent, write up a tutorial of how I converted a long skirt into a bubble skirt.
But dammit, the sun’s shining in a very alluring, promise-I’ll-stay-up-till-bedtime way, even at 7.45 in the ayem. And there’s a gorgeous slight chill in the air – not enough for socks, but enough to make your skin tingle. I feel some careful negotiation between creative self and knackered self, mixed with a good dollop of steely dedication coming on.