17th July 2014
As I mentioned a few days ago, the whole ‘fingers crossed it doesn’t rain’ business didn’t even slightly work this year at Glastonbury – it’s the first time in my five festivals that it’s rained so hard that your skin actually hurts through your raincoat. Needless to say wellies were a must – oh how I alternately loved, and then hated, my little red hunters. Oh and did I mention there was thunderstorm and they had to close the stages for a couple of hours on the Friday afternoon? Luckily my attitude was that it allowed more time for hitting the organic felafel stand! Another upside of the mayhem was that stage times were a bit out of wack and we ended up seeing Polica in a tent with about 20 other people. THE moment of the festival. Oh and I didn’t let the mud stop me wearing my new DIY kimono (in action here and here)! The lovely team over at Free People asked me to share my favourite bits of the festival, so feel free to head over to their blog here to hear more (including my favourite acts) and see the rest of my pics.
There were times when the weather, and weight of the mud on my boots, got so bad that it had me thinking I may have to end my annual pilgrimage to the somerset countryside (a big commitment when you live in Hong Kong), but on looking back, I can only remember the good bits and am already planning next year!
16th June 2014
I recently got my hands on some pink lace fabric and knew immediately what Burberry inspired item I would be slapping together on my sewing machine (and you probably knew too – after this admission). And what could be more appropriate for summer than a lace pencil skirt, made in an ultra feminine hue of pastel pink?
- 2 m (2.4 yards) of lace fabric
- 2 m (2.4 yards) of lining fabric
- a zip
- matching thread
- a sewing machine
1. Fold your fabric in half with the outside up so you have two layers of fabric. I orientated the finished lace edge to the bottom so the final product would have an interesting unsewn hem.
2. Use a pencil skirt you own to trace the design of the skirt (much like I did here), ensuring to add 5cm (2 inches) all the way around to account for the hem/seam and a bit more across the waist so you have space to put some darts and fit it to your body. I add any extra at the bottom because I wasn’t going to him the bottom but it’s all up to you.
3. Your lace pieces should look like this.
4. Lay your lace pieces on the doubled over lining fabric and cut out out so you have matching lining. For mine I chose to make my lining shorter than the skirt so that there was a transparent effect at the bottom, but you can also have lining that goes all the way to the bottom too. It’s up to you!
5. Using your zig zag stitch, sew the two side seams of the lace piece – leaving the top of one side open where you will insert the zip. You will need to check the length of the zip to decide how long to leave the gap open. I chose to sew the two layers separately because I think that is more comfortable.
6. Sew the sides seams of the lining (once again leaving a gap for the zip) and then slip it over the finished (inside out) lace shell, making sure you orient the right side together. At this point I usually try on my skirt to work out any tweaks and for a lace project like this just to check at what length I should sew the hem of the lining. Once you have decided this, sew the lining hem.
7. You will want to sew the zip into both layers of the fabric, so pin the lining and the outer lace piece along the zip.
8. You want to cover the zip as much as possible by pinning the fabric down and then sewing around it carefully using the zipper foot.
9. Once the zipper is in place, if you put the skirt on and find there is some bagginess around the waist, sew two matching darts into the back of your skirt. To do this pin the skirt on your inside out to how you think it should sit (you can get someone else to help you with this if that’s easier.
10. Take the skirt off and carefully re-pin the dart to ensure it is straight.
11. Carefully sew along the dart on the inside of the pins, removing the pins as you go along.
12. Turn the skirt inside out and once you know the darts are fine, you’er ready to finish the skirt by rolling the top hem and ironing and then sewing it down.
Photos by Marion Tessier
23rd April 2014
I have to admit that the pastel designs on the Burberry spring runway have me all but dreaming about what to create using some pretty, macaroon hued lace I picked up recently from my local fabric market. Will it be a dress, a top, or one of my beloved skirts? After doing a little Pinterest related webslacking, I must say that a skirt is a definite front runner, with the pencil shape catching my eye over and over. So ladies, are we yay or nay on the lace pencil skirt? And would you be all for lined or unlined?