Well, hello my darlings!
It’s Saturday and finally the heatwave broke. Who knew we’d want LESS summer when we complain we never get a proper one? I’m pretty excited to show you this week’s style, though, because it includes something I’ve actually MADE! I present my first sewing project in eight months; My handmade cherry blossom skirt!
The last thing I made was way back in November, when I made my well-worn Gingham in Winter skirt. Since then work kept me from sitting at my sewing machine. Opening a new shop, taking on more hours and then adding freelance work and gaining a boyfriend takes all your spare time, apparently!
But the good news is that I’ve finally decided to stop doing EVERYTHING, moved shops, cut my hours and am working on the ol’ mental health – and part of that is expressing my creativity a lot more. As Tricia from Hotties Vintage says; You can do ANYTHING but not EVERYTHING. Life has been easier since putting that into practice.
The fabric is from Okadaya in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It’s the same place I got the fabric from my Can I Be A Racoon Dog? skirt. As mentioned in that post, they have 2m bundles for 900¥, which is roughly £6. And when I say its the best quality fabric I’ve ever seen, oh BOY do I mean it.
This cotton is a medium-weight textured 100% cotton. It behaves beautifully, doesn’t fray and is stiff enough to keep its shape whilst being soft to the touch. Japanese fabrics are insanely good, and such pleasure to sew with, especially since
This skirt isn’t as full as I’m generally used to, 3 metres is my usual minimum for flared skirts, as I love me some voluminosity! I put off making it for a while for this reason, as I wanted to do the fabric justice. But to hell with it, I thought, and did my best.
In the end, although it’s not the most perfectly full skirt in the well, it is one of my new favourites. It actually lends itself to being more casual, which works well as the colours are so vibrant! I also did something a little different with the pockets, inspired by Ask Sarah (who hilariously was inspired by me!) You can’t see the gold button on the folder, but it’s there to bring out the gold outlining on the fabric!
Although it’s off subject, I was totally in love with my hair this day! Forgiving the awful roots I’ve now corrected, I think I’ve levelled up in my hair game! Clearly working with House of Drewvid products and seeing Miss Rockabilly Ruby has rubbed off on me.
What do you think of my handmade cherry blossom skirt? Tell me in the comments, and have a wonderful week!