Then last year on Flickr I came across Corinnea. I saw this jacket, this skirt; oh and this skirt and well this photo set in her photo stream and I really REALLY wished I could make my own clothes. For the first time in over 15 years I really wished I could dress make. Corinnea was just so enthusiastic about making clothes I really wanted to have a go myself. So I made a simple skirt out of the only suitable fabric I had at that time and it went horribly wrong. I don't want to talk about it. Corinnea kindly wrote out simple instructions for a skirt without a pattern. I confess as much as I've wanted to have a go at making a skirt I was scared of wasting more fabric. I'd been buying odd yards here and there thinking I could make a skirt until I realised I'd need more than a yard to make the skirt...hmmm.
Anyway, a couple of days ago I saw this pattern and I could make it with the metre of fabric I got on sale, just before I went on my fabric diet. I had enough elastic...but then I didn't have enough suitable material for lining. I remembered seeing this pattern which had been on my to attempt list - because of the shirring bit. So knowing that the measurements were similar to that of the AMH pattern I thought I'd try it.
And worse still when I sewed up (twice) the ends, before cutting off the surplus fabric, it went horribly wrong; as the elastic escaped between the seams and started to unravel. Meaning I had to do some joining. Thankfully the wrinkly nature of shirring is quite forgiving. What it does mean is I have no idea how much fabric I should allow because obviously double my waste measurement is far far too much. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I'd love to try this again with voile as I think it would hang a lot better than quilting cotton. It does have this tendency to be a bit balloony right under the shirring.
But hey it's Friday night and I made a skirt!