I feel slightly off-balance writing a WIP Wednesday post, since until I got to the centre of Oxford this morning, I thought it was Thursday. But then I arrived at the market and thought ‘but this looks like the Wednesday stalls’. My only excuse is sleep-deprivation. My allergies have been horrendous lately, and I ended up sleeping on the study floor on Monday night so that I could continuously blow my nose without waking my other half.* I slept a little better last night, but woke at 5am unable to breathe. I think I was the only person in England grateful for the rain yesterday!
Given my near-exhaustion at the moment, I decided that I should really only be tackling simple tasks like painting walls, and that I definitely shouldn’t be attempting any serious sewing. That actually worked quite well, since I wanted to make a toile of this skirt first anyway. I’m making view A, which is the one on the left, and plan to use self-covered buttons. I think the silk will make it drape really nicely.
I’ve got some precious silk that I bought at the pop up shop at Darn it and Stitch earlier in the year, but I didn’t want to risk cutting it until I was sure about the pattern. That turned out to be a good decision, since the size I cut is a fraction of an inch too small for me.
Since the next size up would be miles too big, I’m just going to let out the seam allowances a little, sewing them at 3/8″ rather than 5/8″, which will give me the 1/2″ ease that I need. Or at least that’s the plan. I’ll let you know how it goes!
This was my first ever toile, and I have to say that far from finding it the chore that I expected, I actually really enjoyed being able to put something together quickly and easily, knowing that it was only practice. I think I’ll be doing this more often from now on. The fabric was an old bedsheet, picked up in a local charity shop for £1, so I hardly feel like it was a waste. And to save me from ruining my lovely silk, it was definitely worth it.
Oh, and I almost forgot my most important WIP of the week.
Tomorrow is my last day at work before my holiday and my birthday (woot!) so I felt the least I could do was leave my colleagues with a cake. I haven’t baked anything in aaaaaaages, and I really miss the satisfaction. And turning 30 should definitely be marked with chocolate, I think.
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