It doesn’t matter how small they are, they still count as POCKETS!

Hey look I finished my Burda Sew Along project, Skirt 111 from Burda 07/2009! πŸ™‚

(Sorry these photos are so dark, it feels like night time all the time now but the shortest day is coming up so yay for more daylight soon!)

For such a simple skirt is took me a really long time to finish it but I’m sure you’ll agree that this month I spent more time writing tutorials than actually sewing!

But that’s all good because I LOVE writing tutorials and you guys seemed to appreciate them so, win-win πŸ˜€

I kept this make simple, mostly following the instructions (or not), and it is 100% from the stash. The Ikea (Sthlm Blad in Black) printed canvas-cotton has been maturing nicely since July 2010 and the buttons are from my very first Fabric-a-brac trip in 2011, awesome!

You’re going to ask about the cardi now aren’t you? Hmm, well…that’s hanging up for a bit, we need some time apart.

The fabric was a bit ehh to work with and the pattern is ok but I cut it two sizes too big (I cut my usual 42 but this pattern was designed to sit more loose that I prefer) so while I’ve managed to take in the sides and sleeves now I need to fix the shoulders and sleeve head which are massive.

Aaaaand it’ll look a whole lot better with a good press.

It can be saved, it’s cute, it deserves it, probably in less than an hour but…not today, not this week. I need to make something exciting now or I’ll slouch into that mojo sucking place and you know what? IT’S OK TO STEP AWAY FROM A PROJECT FOR A WHILE.

This is not a UFO, it’s just on hold and I am ok with that πŸ™‚

I did some emergency non-garment sewing on the weekend too but I’ll share that with you tomorrow.

Thanks everyone who stitched along with us this last month, it was super awesome to discover so many new bloggers, so much talent, you guys made my May, honestly!

So, are you in for Indie Pattern Month? Go on… πŸ˜‰

Indie Pattern Month

18 thoughts on “It doesn’t matter how small they are, they still count as POCKETS!

  1. I live in the USA and have a very similar skirt made from the same fabric, but with the white background/black print. I had heard that water swirling down drains runs opposite in the other hemisphere. I had no idea it worked that way with fabric! :O
    I have several skirts made from IKEA fabrics. They are some of my favorites because they are cool prints and they wash up nicely.

    • Ahh you gave me a good giggle! I guess we (or is it you?) are upside down so it makes sense if the print is inverted πŸ˜‰

      Ikea canvas is great and it does wash up so well, very colour fast. I need to get back to Aussie for a visit to buy some more, I am running low, we do not have Ikea in NZ but I suppose it is just a matter of time before one opens up here.

  2. It is a very cute skirt, it’s always worth being reminded that Ikea has some great fabrics. I’ve always worried that a front button skirt would gape between the buttons when I sit down, but I suppose the key is to have a good amount of underlap and not make it too fitted?

    • Ikea fabric is great with the right pattern, it washes up so well too.

      I think you just have to be quite accurate with the button placement and the large overlap definitely helps. I was worried about it too and I almost made this a fake button down but I couldn’t find an invisible zip in my stash πŸ™‚

  3. Bring on the shortest day so we can get back to longer days and sunlight! I love your new skirt, its really cute and the buttons are rad. Yes, Yes I am going to sign up for the indie pattern swap. Hurrah!

  4. Do like your skirt & loved your tutorials – huuuge thank you for them!

    Understand completely about taking time out from a project – maybe something like it’s gone tempi for a tic, or it’s gone walkabout. Don’t mean to be tacky. πŸ˜‰

    Definitely in for the Indie Challenge!


  5. I love your skirt, the shape is super flattering. I have a “I’m not so impressed” hanger where my Robson and I are having time apart at the moment. We should so come up with a name for this that we can spread amongst the blogisphere, where it’s not a UFO but it just needs to simmer for a while – unless there is already one and I’m just behind in the lingo?

    • Thank you, I really like the shape too, I think it will be easy to combine with my current wardrobe too.

      I think maybe it should be known as the ‘naughty hanger’…or maybe the ‘time-out hanger’, ahh, yes, sometimes time apart is good πŸ™‚

      Do you need some help with your Robson?

  6. Your projects turned out nice. I hope you end up liking the cardi after spending a little time apart. It’s funny that we ended up making some similar projects for this sewalong. My skirt and cardi are my two favorites for the month. Too bad I had trouble getting stuff photographed. πŸ™‚

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