Back in my twenties, I used to make a lot of my own clothing. I had no fear of complicated techniques ( except zips - I didn't make anything with zips) and would make all sorts of dresses, shirts and skirts. However life sometimes gets in the way of hobbies, so for a while I stopped sewing. A few years ago, I discovered quilting, and as much as I enjoy that, I have been wanting to make some clothing for myself for a while now. Recently while visiting a friend, I fell in love with the Barcelona Skirt she had made and subsequently bought the pattern and eventually some fabric for it. Over the past few days I have created it.
The A line skirt was the option I made. I always find working out what size to make difficult, (my measurements are a mix) I ended up making the medium and it fits exactly how I wanted it too. It was the first time I have ever put an invisible zip in. Unfortunately I didn't see any other colour but white on the day I was buying it, how I missed the cream ones I don't know, and while it is not perfect, I figure mostly it will be covered up. Lining a garment was also a first for me,
The fabric I used is Tropic Canna from Amy Butler's Bright Heart Collection, and I have lined it with Bemberg - which is a satiny static free fabric, and the lady in Spotlight assured me I wouldn't have to iron it as I would a cotton lining.
I am really pleased with how this has turned out, the pattern instructions are really clear and detailed, and it could easily be made in a few hours, if one didn't have any interruptions. I see more of these skirts in my future, perhaps in a slightly heavier weight fabric for winter. Now I am pinning patterns and tutorials for future clothing makes for me.