Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Seamwork Magazine - Osaka (and Part 4 of the Colette Laurel saga)

How is it nearly the end of April already???

Back in January I set myself 10 challenges - I thought I had nailed the woven top thing with Colette Laurel but after my previous post and the pictures at the end of this post I don't think I have - which makes me sad!

BUT I may have completed a different one - a wearable skirt!

Black is hard to photo but look no mirror selfies!- and please ignore the wires
The Seamwork magazines Osaka is a lovely wrap skirt with options to colour block

I used the lovely black wool crepe I bought at Goldhawk road and lined with my elephant fabric from thailand. I decided not to colour block which has made this seem a lot more formal than I wanted to be fair but I still LOVE it!

I cut a size 22 as I don't like things sitting on my waist, much prefer lower and on my hips and it seemed rather short had it laid any higher.

So my pictures are not mirror selfies (woo) but I forgot to move all the wires and some pictures the BF took had an unmade bed in view and wires all over (forgot to move them!) I also have a wee bit of panda eyes - long days in the lab are catching up with me!! Here are some more pics

Very wearable skirt indeed!

This skirt sat nearly finished for about 5 weeks (maybe more) but I was so scared of doing the button holes as I loved it even without them...but I bit the bullet and went for it!

Buttons were taken off of an old coat years ago!

The seams are not quiet perfect but will definitely do!

Cute lining

This skirt is intended to be reversible but it isn't, I figured I didn't want to wear a elephant skirt but I love the lining, I also tried to be as economical with the lining fabric (would like to use leftovers for something else) as possible so no pattern matching but I am all ok with that!

I am not going to say that my 'Wearable Skirt Challenge' is complete (learned my lesson from the Colette saga) but I have half cut a denim version already.

Ok now to the Colette Saga!


I am not going to say much to be honest, here are some pics. The top fits unlike Part 3 but I just don't like it. It feels very corporate when on - I work in a lab with my lab coat on, jeans and trainers so have zero call for corporate wear and I think it is really unflattering and I look huge. Plus the back is a hot mess. I am putting this as a fail and a general fabric fail.

I still have 3 Colettes cut, but I am total bogged down by them and feel totally downtrodden. I will maybe just pick them up inbetween other projects but I think I need to look at a different pattern to try make myself feel a bit better! Need my sew-jo back!

Anyway, if you have got through this drivel today, I thank you!

I am away on a little holiday next week - yay - Benidorm (classy) here I come!

P.S. I will update my costs pages today too!


  1. Skirt- good. Top- Hmmm, could do better. What about using the left over elephant lining to alter it. Perhaps you could put an elephant panel down the back, an elephant pocket on the front?

    1. It is sat in the naughty pile, I am not sure what to do with it yet, or even if I want to! Out of sight out of mind is best for just now.

  2. Forgot to say- Have a wonderful holiday. Wonder if there are any fabric shops in Benidorm!!

  3. Just found this from 2014 on Tripadvisor 1. Re: Fabric shops
    28 September 2014, 13:30

    Best head for the Wednesday market in the Old Town, up by the sports centre and station.

    Bus no. 1

    1. Oooo I will have a look at that, thank you! Must remember only have hand luggage though!!

  4. Lovely skirt - a great wardrobe staple and fits really well. Agree that the top looks a bit corporate, which is a shame as so much effort has gone into it. Have you tried making some jersey tops- I find these a bit more forgiving with the fitting! Have a great holiday xx

    1. I bought some jersey on my last shopping trip (blog post to come today!) so I am going to give some a go! I have been scared to use it so far! I have another skirt finished too, love this skirt!

  5. i love your skirt! it looks great :) have a lovely holiday!


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