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Suedette Skirt: Butterick 4461

29 Jul

My Saturday afternoon was spent indulging in a little Spotlight binge shopping. I live about a 25 minute drive from either of the two closest Spotlight stores, one north and one south. Without thinking I headed north, which ended up being mayhem. The fabric space is woefully small for the number of people that go there and I’m guessing Saturday afternoon is their busiest time. Poor planning on my part.

As is common for me I found myself drunk on the sales fabric stand and wound up dragging some 9 bolts of fabric up to the queue that was 10 people deep. It was quite comic as I was literally trying to carry them all at once with a basket of notions slung over one arm. And of course, being Spotlight, several of the tubes at the center of the bolts had broken in half so they were springing in all directions as I tripped over the fabric dragging on the ground.

Amongst this stash was this fabric not-so-charmingly called “Suedette”.

I don’t think it’s possible to find a more synthetic fabric. It has a super soft knit backing and a sort of cracked suede look on the front. When I came across it, more first thought was, my god, who on earth buys these hideously fabrics. Then because I’m insane I started looking at it as a challenge.

Could I possibly make something wearable out of this tacky knit? It was only $5 for the metre I bought, and I’m not one to back down from a challenge.

I kept it simple with Butterick 4461, which is the most basic of A-line skirt patterns. I sewed a size 22 and swapped the lapped zipper for an invisible one. Unfortunately, spotlight was all out of black ones… and navy… so I ended up using a hunter green one which fortunately blends well enough with the faded look of the Suedette.

The  skirt is so basic you could make it in your sleep and I must have made 100 of these in highschool. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall look of the suede it the simple silhouette, but what kept me from wearing it work this morning? The damn fabric somehow shows every teeny tiny bump underneath it!

With the light bouncing off all the lumps and bumps (believe me it is worse than this photo shows) I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Time to buy some spanx, I’m thinking.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: US$2.99

Fabric: $4.0 (0.8m @ $5/m – Spotlight)

Zip: $3.0

TOTAL COST: NZ$11.11 / US$8.10

African Print Skirt: Simplicity 2605

26 Jul

I made this one a little while back. It’s from the same pattern as the rust skirt (Simplicity 2605)but it is View A, which is longer and has a faux wrap with pleating at the waist.

Simplicity 2605

The length isn’t the best on me but I really liked putting this skirt together. The instructions are straight forward and the skirt is actually sewn on both sides, so no chance of accidental exposure at work.

Faux Wrappage

I saw this slubbycotton print in Centrepoint Fabrics and fell in love.

But, unfortunately I made this skirt before seeing Tasia’s fab print matching how-to at Sewaholic.net.

Back view - matching fail.

Oh well, we live and we learn.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: $7.5

Fabric: $20.8 (1.6m @ $13/m – Centrepoint Fabrics)

Zip: $4.0

TOTAL: NZ$32.30 / US$23.50

Rust Skirt

28 Jun

So I rightly figured that if I wore this skirt all day it would be pretty wrinkled from sitting at my desk. Happily, I snapped these before I left this morning.

This is halfway between Views E  & F of Simplicity 2605 and looking at it now I think next time I’ll just go with the shorter version which would fall just above my knees.

I’m really happy with how it worked out. I’ve already used this pattern to make view A and I think it’ll be another “go-to” pattern in my stash.

P.S. Not quite the Karen Walker in the previous post – but maybe some day.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: $7.5

Fabric: $7.7 (1.1m @ $7/m – Centrepoint Fabrics)

Zip: $5.0

Thread: $4.5

TOTAL: NZ$24.70 / US$17.0