Lately I’ve been going overboard a little at C&H Fabrics in Winchester. Most notably at the remnants table. Out of all the fabric shops I’ve been to C&H has the biggest remnants table. I go into the shop for fabrics and supplies for my course and end up coming out with coming out with piles of interesting looking fabrics.

My last visit was especially fruitful, I found an interesting print that I made up into a top (above) and a nice piece of silk suiting which I made up into a skirt (below).

The skirt went absolutely perfectly, unlike any other garment I’ve made. I didn’t forget any steps  or put the zip in the wrong side or cut out the wrong pattern pieces. I’ve done all of these before and usually rectified the garment and made the best of it –  but I’ve always remembered the mistake when wearing the garment and it’s niggled at my perfectionist bone. However this skirt went perfectly – I adore it. The only problem with it is that the loose weave silk is slightly scratchy (not very – as it’s nice and hypoallergenic and soft) so I think that a lining is in order. I’ll make a cotton lining for the top sections above the flounce which should make it more comfortable, and – according to my Mum who made a skirt from the same pattern, came across the same issue and decided on the same solution – should make the skirt hang better.

Unfortunately making a lining required me to visit C&H again to get the material, and I once again encountered the remnants table…


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