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Mid Summer Sewing

While June was filled with a frenzy of Hummingbird and Bombshell sewalongs, July is following a much more relaxed approach. I have cut my pieces for the Colette’s Hawthorn dress but not gotten around to stitching them together yet. Instead I am spending a lot of time reading my favorite sewing blogs and plotting some stashbusting garments. While reading about Tilly’s holiday wardrobe, I fell in love with her “Life’s Too Short” skirt and knew I had to make one for myself. I typically prefer straight skirts as I feel they are more flattering to my pear shaped figure but the red line weave fabric of Tilly’s skirt sold me. Fortunately Tilly was kind enough to mention the fabric specifics in her original post so I was able to find the exact fabric from Jimmy Beans Wool.

Tilly Twin 2

The result is a super comfy gathered skirt that fits wonderfully with my summer wardrobe. I mostly followed Gertie’s gathered skirt tutorial and used exactly two yards of fabric. The seams were serged and I blind hemmed the bottom by hand.

Nicely Finished SeamsI also embellished a plain white t-shirt using a free embroidery pattern from Kata of Kate and Rose. Kata provides a wonderful tutorial for using t-shirt stabilizer which worked beautifully. Since I was working on a white fabric, I simply traced the pattern onto the stabilizer then stitched it directly onto the shirt. I am happy with how the embroidery took a basic t-shirt and “fancied” it up. In fact one of the girls at work said I reminded her of Snow White in my new ensemble!

Embroidery Close Up

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