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If you are on Twitter you will know that there are monthly sewalongs and every other month is a colour theme. I made this dress for Red October, skipped Green December (my colour palettes will show that I never wear green!) and here's Blue February (oops, bit late in posting). This was a total no brainer - another look at my colour palettes will show that I wear blue a lot.
I was a little tight for time this month as I was finishing hubby's jacket and making a dress for N but luckily my planned garments already included a couple of blue items (no surprise there!).
Both fabrics were bought extremely cheaply from Norman Lyons, a fabric shop that doesn't look like a fabric shop not far from my work in Central London. I think both were £2 a metre!
I am always in need of more long sleeved T-shirts so the striped jersey was destined to be another Renfrew. I have made this pattern before (here and here) and apart from a bit of lengthening it fits great out of the packet. I made the round neck variation again. Given that the stripe is so dominant I made my first real attempt at stripe matching, using this tip from Lauren at Rosie Wednesday to line up the underarm points on the same stripe. I think it worked pretty well on the side seams and underarms but maybe I should have paid more attention on the sleeves. Or is it not possible to match across a sleeve head?
The second garment is a Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt. Again a pattern I have used before (here and an unblogged version) but this one is a bit different in that I omitted the button closure on the front. This is really simple to do.
Instead of the buttons you'll need a zip and a side closure (I used leftover buttons from my Blackberry dress but you could use a skirt hook instead). I used an 7" zip from my stash but to be honest it could be longer, so 9" might work better!
- Cut the back and waistband as per the pattern. Instead of cutting 2 fronts, line up the fold of the fabric with the placket fold line market on the pattern and cut in one single piece.
- Mark the pleats and staystitch them as normal.
- Mark the length of the zip on the left side seam and sew it up to this point and the right side seam as normal.
- Sew in the zip with your preferred method. I sewed it by machine.
- Attach the waistband with the front edge overhanging the zip edge by 5/8". The back edge will stick out further past the back zip edge but don't worry - this is where you will put the closure/ buttons.
- Finish attaching and top stitching the waistband and hem as per the pattern instructions.
- Make the buttonholes in the front waistband and sew buttons to back waistband (or attach your closure) and you are done!
These are 2 bargain items - £7.50 in total for fabric and stashed buttons and zip. I had both patterns already. Love it when sewing actually saves you money for a change! And it matches my square necked Alma perfectly!