Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Ding Dong Sewalong!

For those of you who might be wondering what on earth I'm on about (and not for the first time) I am, of course, referring to the very talented Miss Daisy Jones who is hosting a tip top sewalong for a 'simple' skirt. Now let me just clarify - 'tis not I who have coined the phrase 'simple' here.No in my case it's more of a tip top skirt for a simple person. Hmm. 
(I've just been distracted by a duck sitting on the roof right outside the window - maybe he too would like to join in - no?)
Anyhow, if you're still there, I thought you might like to see the fabric I've selected. Please bear in mind that in true 'me' fashion I have waited until the time in the evening where it is impossible to get a good picture - the colours aren't quite as lurid as they might seem.

Contender number one

Yes you are correct in thinking that this is an old curtain. I love the colours and the loose weave but I'm currently using it for bag making.

Contender number two

Another curtain. This time with more of a glazed finish but I think more suited to a dress I've got in mind. (Hahahahahahahahahahaha - oh yes it's amazing the dreams we can dream!)

So the final contender, and to be honest the one I've plumped for, is this one.

A very fine needlecord which is far prettier in real life than this picture shows. It was a roll end from a charity shop and cost the grand total of £2.49. I've been waiting for the right thing to do with it so hopefully fate has called and I will soon be parading around proudly in it.

So that's my choice. 

Do I have a zip? No.
Do I have the pattern yet? Errr - no! (but hopefully popping onto the doormat any day now)
But do I have the enthusiasm? Heck yes!!

This is going to be good fun. If you haven't joined up yet pop over to see Daisy or use the button in my sidebar.

Simple - that's my kind of sewing!

Off to watch 'The Great British Sewing Bee' now for my weekly fix.




  1. I like your choice of fabric. I have seen Daisy's challenge but I dont have a lot of faith in my sewing abilities. Looking forward to seeing how everyone elses turn out though.

  2. Love all of your fabrics, and I hope that you have lots of fun with this, I look forward to seeing the results! xx

  3. I love that third one too! Very stylish.

  4. You brave brave woman you! I have been watching the Sewing Bee and I would love to be able to do this but I am keeping to learning how to put two squares together for a patchwork quilt... and failing miserably! I look forward to seeing your results as I am sure they will be perfect. xx

  5. All of those fabrics would make cool skirts. Can't wait to see what you come up with. :o)

  6. Love the fabric you have chosen. Would love to join in but my sewing skills are not up to it. Looking forward to see how it turns out.
    Jacqui x

  7. Great choice, the idea of dressmaking fills me with fear and dread, respect to you! :) x

  8. Can't wait to see your skirt when it's finished.

  9. Love all three of your fabrics! I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy the sew along - I was so tempted to join in too, but had to have a stern talking to myself that I really just can't add yet another project to my list right at this time. But I can't wait to see the results of everyone else's efforts, so please do keep us posted - but most of all, have fun !

  10. Love the fabric. I'm very tempted to join in but I'm currently in the throes of doing a Tilly and the buttons wrap around skirt that my colleague tells me even a fool could muster. Aah yes, that would be me. xx

  11. Dear Jane
    Love your fabric choices - just gorgeous. I am joining in with this too, but am going to make my first attempt in calico I think so that I can make any mistakes in that, rather than the nice denim I have planned to use. I am a total newbie to dress making/making clothes, but want to have a go! I am waiting for the pattern to arrive too.
    I am looking forward to seeing your progress.
    Best wishes

  12. Hi Jane, I love all your fabrics and I'm sure your first choice will look great in this style.
    I may have to make another as it sounds so much fun and is very kind of Daisy....our very own sewing bee :0)
    Jacquie x

  13. Good luck to you! This is SO out of my comfort zone, but I do admire you frock-making girls. Hope it all goes well.xx

  14. Lovely choice of fabric. Good luck! I did think about joining in but quite frankly it scares me and I just know I will get all in a pickle and give up! M x

  15. Love the fabrics! I agree with you - the last one would be best for a skirt. The middle one will make a fine dress - channel Scarlet O'Hara! ;-) I'm mustering up the courage to give sewing a go... Chrissie x

  16. Hi, I LOVE the idea of an bloggy sewing bee! I watch the one on t.v and think Chinelo may win, but they're all SO talented,I like the second of your fabrics but like everyone else can't wait to see the finished article,good luck.Pam

  17. Thanks for sharing the Daisy link, I'll check it out later. I think any of your bold fabrics would work well as a skirt. Good luck!

  18. Lovely Jane I adore all your fabrics and would enjoy working with each one. I think your choice for your skirt is just perfect and will look adorable. I cannot wait to see how it all comes together, I am not competent enough yet to make a skirt but maybe one day..........Have a lovely week Jane.
    Big hugs

  19. Hi Jane, Thanks for the comment about my sewing! I agree with your choice of fabric, contender no 3 was my fave. Fab colours. As ever it's time that I struggle with for sewing but am determined to make some summer tops. Enjoy Sewing Bee on Tuesday x

  20. Yay for number 3....sewing post on tomorrow....go Jane!.....bestest d xx


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