Waste not, want not

Although I’ve now made several dresses and skirts for myself, I’ve never had the confidence to sew clothes for anyone else. I mean, I can put up with the little quirks and mishaps of my own sewing, but meeting someone else’s expectations, that’s a whole different kettle of fish! But I’ve always fancied giving it a go, and I figured that if I was going to try, I had the perfect guinea pig in the form of my niece, the tall, beautiful and slender Miss B. She’s 13, and has very firm views about what she likes to wear. And she especially likes to wear skirts and dresses. So before she visited us back at the start of August, I asked her if she’d like me to make her a skirt while she was visiting. Immediate response – yes please! And could I show her how it’s done? And could it be a pink, full and flary knee length skirt please?

So I dug out a pattern for a circular skirt, along with what I considered to be the ideal fabric from my stash – a really pretty pink with little white pindots. Here it is, really close-up.


Very 1950s, I thought, very cute. How beautiful it would look with a little white top and sandals. Simply gorgeous!

Miss B, however, begged to differ.

Did I mention she has very specific views about what she likes to wear?!

So on her first day here, we set off to search for some fabric that met her exacting, teenage standards. And as soon as we entered the store, she made a bee-line for the most gorgeous pink fabric with red apples on, with navy blue stalks and leaves.


It wasn’t until we got home, and RR had admired the beautiful fabric, that Miss B changed her mind about the skirt. A circular skirt was too full, she’d prefer a flared A-line instead. After I’d bought all that fabric. There was going to be quite a bit left over… oh dear, what a shame 😉

So on our return from Barcelona, I set to work on the skirt, made alterations galore, worked out how to line it…


Added a satin bias ribbon to finish the hem…


And ended up with this…


And doesn’t she look a picture of loveliness in it??? I certainly think so, but then again, I am somewhat biased 🙂

Becky in skirt on balcony DSC07639

Well, all good things must come to an end, and so it was with Miss B’s visit. She’s back home with her mum and dad now, and although I’m missing her, I didn’t take too long to make good use of the leftover fabric. I don’t care that I’m probably a good 25 years too old to pull off such a look, I wanted a skirt too! And here it is – what do you think?


And there’s still fabric left over. Enough maybe for a cute little top, certainly plenty for a matching bag. We shall see. Well, waste not want not and all that!

Oh, and while I was at it, that fabric I initially pulled out of my stash was far too pretty to go back into the cupboard, so I made it into a cute sundress for little ole me 🙂


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