Updates on dressmaking projects: old and new

Having projects waiting in the wings is always exciting, but so is finally finishing old ones that have been on the sidelines for a while! I was having a bit of sewing block for a while and with work being busy, I lacked the motivation to go fabric hunting to start new projects.

First thing I needed to do was finish my summer pink marbled midi skirt, using the same method I used for the knit jersey midi skirt I finished earlier this year. After much procrastination, I was pleased with myself when I managed to finish it this weekend in just 4 hours.

My finished summer pink midi skirt

With a heavier weight/thicker fabric for a midi skirt, it’s better to wear boots (tights with ankle or knee high) but when it comes to summer, you’re trying to feel the heat. To maximise the look, it’s best to wear heels: personally closed toe court shoes probably work best if you want to elongate the legs (for those of you who are like me and have a longer torso, this works well because the length of the midi skirt means it gives off a better illusion of this!), otherwise for a more dressed up casual look, heeled gladiator sandals or heels will work too. For a more casual look, you can either go for Chucks or flats. Here are some of my favourite high street picks:

Shoe Box Guy point heels, £35 from Very

Gold glitter pointed court shoes £17.99 from New Look

Diesel Debbie graffiti print court shoes, £120 from Very

Head Over Heels Beachie court shoes, £35 from Very

Ted Baker Luceey jungle orchid heels, £120 from ASOS

Little Mistress diamanté stud point court shoes, £22.50 from Very

At some point, I’d very much like to make another lighter weight midi skirt in a neutral colour, like slate grey, that I could wear with black or other colours. I could still wear black with the pink skirt, but it’s such a big contrast and it’s nicer to keep the brighter colour more summery with white or paler neutrals than a dark colour. I’d quite like to make a skirt in a solid colour like the one I’ve posted before:

Grey midi skirt

Or something with a funky pattern like this would be great:

This is a great example of how colour can go with a simple solid black top

In the meantime, I’ve been buying vintage patterns as they catch my eye:

Butterick 5731, £9.44 from VivianVanOwen

Butterick 5582, £5.65 from VivianVanOwen

McCalls 4598, £1.77 from BetsyDo

For someone who likes to sew and has particular styles that I favour, it’s quite difficult to find some patterns that suit my particular needs and once you let it go, you’ll find it’s not as easy to find those same patterns. Once the patterns are sold, they’re not as widely available and your search will start from the beginning.

What sewing projects has everyone been involved in lately? What are your thoughts on the midi skirt?

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