So apparently, in my time off, black has become my colour du jour. Or more specifically black gingham. Remember (you may not, it’s been awhile), how I was meant to Re-creKate a gingham midi skirt? Well, in order to do so I had to buy some black and white, 1 inch gingham, only I bought a LOT! I got a little bit obsessed and kinda made a collection of gingham based clothes….
First things first, here’s the gingham skirt:
I’ll be honest here, I freaking love this skirt. It was my outfit of choice for Christmas dinner (not well thought through as it turned out – a snug waisted skirt and Christmas dinner is NOT a comfortable combination…).
The best thing was that this skirt took me no time at all! I just followed my Dirndl skirt tutorial and within a couple of hours – Hey Presto!
Although, I did spend slightly longer than normal and gave it a handpicked zip, and a hand sewn waitband. Mmmmm, Couture Dahhling!
This was quickly followed by another product in my gingham clothing range – The gingham Archer!
Admittedly, this is not my best sewing (It’s still completely wearable, and I was particularly stressed at the time, so I’ll forgive myself), but I might suggest that it’s some of my better pattern placement. Just look at that lovely line down the back! I’m happy with it.
And my pocket matches up perfectly (I’m not a huge fan of bias cut pockets).
I’ve said it before, I love the Archer pattern – this is my third. I finally got the length right for my long body – not that you can see in this picture.
Those of you who are particularly observant might even recognise the skirt I’m wearing. I made another gathered pencil skirt but this time in a more winter friendly black.
I LOVE this pattern, and it is sooo simple to make! I’m thinking of making a gathered dress using this same method.
This time I used elastic on the sides to gather the material, instead of longwinded gathering, and it was INFINITELY faster. I can explain this method in another post when I make another one (I definitely will be). Flattering and forgiving, one of the patterns I’m most proud off!
Now, I know what you’re thinking, ‘er….that’s not gingham’. Have no fear, there’s more!
The gorgeous Victoria blazer by the By Hand London girls! I’ve had this pattern a while but only recently got round to finally making it. Many other wonderful bloggers have reviewed it, so all I’ll say is: Make one! It’s deceptively easy! Having never made a jacket before I was a little concerned but it was surprisingly straight forward. This was my Christmas project and so I’m pleased it goes with my Christmas skirt, but guess what?
It also goes with my black skirt and Archer combo for a very awesome work outfit. This version made with a gorgeous thick, brushed cotton sateen which is gloriously soft to touch. I made the cropped version so I can wear it in the spring to wonderfully glamorous affairs.
But I’m still hearing you, ‘Katy, that’s still not gingham!’
Wait for it…..