I tell you, the skirt I'm wearing in this post, (which I made last Sunday evening), is just about as brilliant as it gets in terms of ease of design and making, with a wonderful result.
I've had this Ikea curtain fabric for many years, I don't remember what I bought a metre of this material for, but it's fate that it came to be perfect for this skirt, it was just waiting to be made into this skirt.
When laid out flat, this fabric had huge red circles on it, goodness only knows what I thought I was going to make with it. I think it's worked out well for this garment.
The tutorial to make The Starboard Skirt is from the blog Simple Simon and Company, and the instructions are in two parts.
If you want to make the skirt for your little girl, or you want to make it for yourself and have a figure of a girl (no hips or waist basically), then you will be fine following the FIRST tutorial here.
If you have curves, you will find that if you follow the first tutorial, your skirt ends up being more of a straight skirt (rather than the more flattering A-line shape), and it might end up being a bit too tight around the waist, hips and posterior. That is what happened with the first skirt I made, and it didn't fit terribly well.
I think I might be able to get away with wearing it with a tunic over the top, something that doesn't show the pinched in waist.
The red and taupe abstract shapes skirt I feature in this blog post, was made using instructions from a later blog post here, combined with the instructions from the first tutorial.
Part of the reason I fell in love with The Starboard Skirt, was the gorgeous fabrics used in the first tutorial. I love the simple and bold designs. I love them so much, I actually want to copy those skirts and use the exact same fabrics.
If you are in the United States, it's easy enough, you can order the Yellow Chevron print on-line here. And the red striped print can be bought on-line here. This company don't ship internationally. I e-mailed them asking them if they would make an exception, I was so obsessed by getting hold of some of this fabric (after a futile search trying to find these patterns here in the UK). The fabric shop said no, they don't ship internationally.
So, not one to give up that easily, I wrote them another e-mail asking where the fabrics were from, so I could trace them by finding out their make, which isn't listed on the website of this company. They kindly gave me the name of the place they bought the fabric from! And joy of joys, the fabric is available to buy on-line here, and they ship internationally.
It has occured to me (but I've just ignored the thought completely, as I'm obsessed about owning these two fabrics), that my quest is slightly ridiculous, as I only need a metre of each fabric, and I am also not meant to be spending lots of money on fabric. The material itself is not massively expensive, it's the shipping cost that hurts.
Anyway, this is a great pattern for anyone to make, beginner or experienced sewer. I can see myself making a few, it's difficult to resist a pattern that takes a few hours to work into a finished garment.
And my knitting? I haven't given up on knitting, absolutely not, never.
I worked on my dress for almost the whole journey on my trip to London last Tuesday, which felt very luxurious. That's the wonderful thing about traveling by train, it makes fabulous uniterrupted knitting time.
Getting up at five am, and returning home at 10 pm, made it a long day though.
I'm not too far off finishing the dress, as I've reached the left-hand side section, where you start to decrease for the neckline.
I did one more cable pattern repeat than specified in the pattern, before I started to decrease at the neckline, as I had a sneaking suspicion it would be too low otherwise. The models are ususlly tall and slim, and on the model in the picture for the pattern, the neckline is going towards being a bit low. So as I'm 5 foot 2, I wouldn't be surprised if the neckline in the pattern was too low on my stature. I don't feel comfortable showing cleavage.
The weather is meant to be good this weekend, but I've got to do some work, putting things off doesn't get things done, funny that..........
Have a lovely weekend, take care, and cheerio! Vanessa xxx