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Sixties Suede.

In my last post, I detailed the three main projects which were sitting unfinished in a corner of my sewing room.  This was all in the hopes of being so utterly embarrassed by how long they had been sitting there, that it would make me (finally) get round to completing them.

And, do ya know what? It worked.

No YOU feel awkward in photos.
No YOU feel awkward in photos.

I decided to start with the smallest project on my list : The Green Suede Skirt.

Pattern: The Charlotte Skirt, By Hand London.
Pattern: The Charlotte Skirt, By Hand London.

This skirt started life as a midi pencil skirt and had a couple of slight mishaps on its first outing…

I actually started, and finished, this skirt in March last year.  However, being suede I forgot to take into account a.) the lack of stretch in the material and b.) that I needed extra strong thread to hold the material together.  The first time I wore this skirt the stitches started to pop and I ended up with massive holes in it while walking down Great Western Road; all the while waddling as I couldn’t stretch my legs properly because it was so tight.  Not my finest hour!

I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I clapped eyes on it last year in Mandors, Glasgow.  Suede was definitely outside my sewing comfort zone and I really took my time perfecting the original skirt and was over the moon when I finished it… But, unfortunately, this midi skirt just wasn’t meant to be…

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To bring a new lease of life to this project, I decided to make it into a mini skirt.  I cut off a few inches-eight to be precise- and then set about creating a hem.  I attempted to rectify the slightly too tight waist band; however, we fell out and it was decided that the skirt looked better without it.  In the end, it was the best decision.

Pleat detail sans waistband.
Pleat detail sans waistband.

I really love the vintage feel to the skirt and think it looks particularly 60’s when paired with this stripey top.  With a nod to the 70’s with the suede material.  I love all things vintage and feel that this outfit is a really good reflection of my personal style.  Ok, the skirt is still a  lil biiitty tight when sitting down; but I adore it all the same.

Top: Primark / Skirt : Wee &Twee / Bag: Strathberry / Shoes: M&S
Top: Primark / Skirt : Wee &Twee / Bag: Strathberry / Shoes: M&S

This skirt has got to be one of my favourite makes!  Have you been inspired to give those unfinished projects a second glance?  Let me know in the comments box below.

Love, love

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