Dress making - that's one of the areas I want to spend more time on this year. There's something special about wearing clothes that you have made yourself. The aim is to improve my skills and develop more confidence. I need to move beyond my comfort zone.
In my twenties I did do a lot more dress making but never with much joy. This year I'm determined to get more enjoyment from sewing. So yesterday I dragged the sewing machine out to finish off something I started months ago but put away "for later".
It's only another skirt. This is the fourth time I've made this skirt pattern. I made up my own pattern and I must say I love the style. It's just how I want skirts to be.
It's six flared panels with a plain waistband.
Not sure I made the best job of attaching the waistband and it looks a bit creased - but I'll get plenty of wear from it.
This fabric is a lovely grey with pink polka dots (although I don't think the pink shows up in the photos).
I have some recycled yarn in a similar colour pink, so a neat little knitted cardigan would look perfect with this skirt.
Next time I'm brave enough to get the sewing machine out I'm going to try a new dress pattern. But for now I'm going to do some crocheting - the security of the comfort zone beckons!