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Floral striped Skirt

Floral striped Skirt

Its June and its been an age since I shared anything on this blog, I have been busy with lots of different projects and I can make a lot of excuses but seriously its been too long. 

I know lots of you have been following along on instagram seeing Davinder and I have been settling into a new life in Yorkshire which I will chat about in another post if you had no idea that happened!

One of my goals this year was to make more garments for myself, firstly just to keep my skills up to speed and secondly to have some original and affordable garments. Of course dress making is not always affordable some fabrics are very expensive but the more skilled you become the more confident you can be with tailoring yourself some beautiful unique garments with expensive cloth.


I picked up this gorgeous poly/cotton fabric from my favourite Cumbrian fabric shop 'Just Sew', although they are based in Penrith they had a stall at the ever growing knit and stitch show in Rheged centre just outside Penrith. The exhibition is held every year around Easter time and there are around 40 stall holders selling everything from yarn, buttons, fabrics, printing and embroidery supplies. Its a great day out with the cafe and other shops in the centre also well worth a visit.

I picked up quite a stash of fabrics and had already spotted this one on Just sew's Social media page so was looking out for it. Stripes with florals are so in right now.

I love a good skirt pattern and I have made this particular design several times already. I like this design because it has pockets, always handy, and it has a lovely deep waistband. Its a really easy pattern to follow and needs very little fabric only around 1.5 metres depending on the length you'd like it. I opted to extend the length of the pattern which is not difficult to do. 

I have to point out these amazing new scissors I bought recently from Fiskars, they are called Razor edge and they cut like a dream, just keep them well away from your kids.


As you can see its a great style for summer, I love it styled with this denim jacket and adding a pop of red with my saltwater sandals and red bag from Oliver Bonas. The plain Navy Tee is from Joules clothing and is currently part of a 3 for price of 2 deal so worth taking a look.


Here you can see more detail of this pretty floral on the stripe.


Because there is so much colour going on in the print, you can go a bit crazy with the accessories and have a bit of fun with it, throw some random pieces together like this chunky necklace from joules and some chandelier tassel earrings, I love bracelets and bangles and I totally love this striped bangle which was an awesome vintage find from my friend Susan.


I hope you are inspired to get sewing this summer and make yourself some great outfits. For more details on this pattern its Simplicity 1369 available in most good fabric shops or online and the fabric was from 'Just Sew" contact details listed below. The key skills you will need for making this skirt are adding pockets and stitching an invisible zip. I also used an over-locker for all the seams and hem, but the fabric is great for not fraying if you don't have an over-locker, you could just add a zig zag stitch to finish. 

Hope you are enjoying this June sunshine 

Happy sewing 

Caroline x

Fabric - http://www.justsewpenrith.co.uk/dress-fabrics.php

Rheged Centre - https://www.rheged.com

Navy Blue tee - https://www.joules.com/Women/New-In/Nessa/Jersey-T-shirt/French-Navy?id=Y_NESSA|FRNAVY

Red Bag - https://www.oliverbonas.com/accessories/piper-half-moon-red-tote-bag

Saltwater Sandals - https://www.salt-watersandals.com


Embroidered florals

Embroidered florals

Christmas Baubles

Christmas Baubles