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I Made This Skirt!

I have long fancied the idea of making my own clothes yet remained daunted by the notion of actually doing so. Then, I read about Rosie Martin and her brilliant DIY Couture manuals in the Hackney Citizen and thought that it was high time that I made SOMETHING to wear.

Rosie's manuals are well produced, concise and really easy to follow.

I really get the feeling that she is trying to get me to get stuck into the design and creation process of this skirt and I really enjoyed the experience.


The manual also shows you how to vary your skirt and so also encourages you to think outside the box a little...I am also up for stamping a bit of individuality on my garments.


After deciding on my fabric and measuring myself up.....I dusted off my sewing machine and got to fiddling with my pleats.

And here is the finished article:


I don't want to come across overbearingly proud BUT I am soooooo happy with the results of my very first attempt at making a skirt!!


I am glowing with a sense of achievement and satisfaction that it worked out. To think that this required 4 rectangles of fabric and a little concentration makes me ever more glad that I came across DIY Couture.


I am also happy with the fabric that I found and love the idea of bias binding the hem.



Thank you Rosie for your excellent manual and your attentive customer service.

I shall be trying my hand at a another skirt in the next coming weeks but am also greatly looking forward to the DIY Couture "How to make a Straight Skirt" and "How to Make a Pair of Trousers".

Credits:
How to Make a Pleated Skirt Manual from DIY Couture
Photos by Hiro
Tights from Tabio
Necklace from Nonesuchthings
Fabric and bias binding from Dalston Mill Fabrics


I am so lucky to live 2 minutes away from here. The staff are brilliant and their selection of dressmaking fabic and buttons is enormous.

35 comments:

  1. Wow! Yayyy Well done!! ^_^
    The fabric is very unique!I love the hem and the pleats are so beautiful and perfect. xxxx

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  2. That is AWESOME Yasumi!! Great job! It looks so professional! And that print suits you well! :) LOVE YOU!!

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  3. AAAAAAMAZING!!! I love it!!!!!!!! Its beautiful!!!!

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  4. This is such a beautiful skirt! Your fabric choice was EXCELLENT!

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  5. That's nothing that you can't make! Accessories, clip frame purses and now skirts?!!! *bows*

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  6. wahhh!! gorgeous! very well made!!! love the edgings~

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  7. What the flip, I am like whaaat AMAZE!! Girl, ADOPT ME! You are too sweet & skilled it blows my mind.

    Love that fabric xoxo

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  8. Wow, the skirt looks fabulous! I love the print :D

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  9. Love! Love! love! I've always wanted to learn how to sew something...anything...even just to fix a hem. Maybe I should add that to my list of possible hobbies...first I must buy a sewing machine though. ;)

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  10. Good on ya lady! It's perfect. And i love your choice of fabric
    xx

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  11. This is so beautiful - and it reminds me a lot of spring! I adore the fabric colours and pattern, and the hem is so pretty -can't wait to see you make a straight skirt!

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  12. My dear noodle bowl, that skirt is so pretty and I can't get over how you made this on your first try!!! How long did it take you to make?
    I remember the only garment I ever made (under strict supervision from the home economics teacher) was a set of pjs and to this day no one knows which of the 4 holes one is supposed to put their head through.
    I look forward to your creations!

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  13. So gorgeous! Love it, and fabulous fabric. I would love to make my own clothes.

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  14. WOW, so beautiful! I love the hemming - wonderful little detail!! I envy you for your talents are seemingly limitless missy!!! <3

    xoxoxo!

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  15. well done :D the skirt is so gorgeous, i wish i was as clever as you~ x

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  16. Very good. Well done. Very pretty. And great that you have that wonderful shop so close. Xxxx

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  17. Love it!! Especially the details around the waist line. Although if I were to wear it I'd prefer a pencil skirt design.

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  18. Girl, you should be puffing out your chest this skirt is so hot! I wish I could use a sewing machine. You got skills and LOVE the tabio tights =D

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  19. well done missus! i love the springy pattern of the fabric you used :) i can only fix hems and make pillowcases/simple curtains with my sewing machine, haha

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  20. The skirt turned out so well and there seems to be a lot of detail.
    I can't wait to see the next one.

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  21. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE MASSIVE ENCOURAGEMENT!! I hope to make many more items this year and really look forward to sharing them with you.

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  22. SUPER DUPER RAD!! beautiful fabric + edging detail, i made my very own puffball skirt for a model last year in class and it was mega fun, no where near as intricate as yours n__n thanks for the link up! I must have a mosey on the site and find a local fabric shop ^__~ OOooo for new hobbies!!

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  23. amazing! Dalston Mill Fabrics now I have discovered :)!!! need fabric for my 2nd term xx

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  24. you did a FABULOUS job!! it looks soooooo good! hahaha i almost want to do some DIY myself but i'm nowhere near as good with a sewing machine.. much less needle and thread.

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  25. i like! next thing you know people will be buying your designs!

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  26. wow. this is super impressive! and i love the shot of the fabric store with all the pretty fabric in the window :)

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  27. Wow, you really did a wonderful job! I agree with Nicola - you'll probably have your own line of designs soon!

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  28. What Rosie is doing is so wonderful. Lovely to see a fashionista like yourself getting involved!

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  29. amazing! Dalston Mill Fabrics now I have discovered :)!!! need fabric for my 2nd term xx

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  30. Girl, you should be puffing out your chest this skirt is so hot! I wish I could use a sewing machine. You got skills and LOVE the tabio tights =D

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  31. Love it!! Especially the details around the waist line. Although if I were to wear it I'd prefer a pencil skirt design.

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  32. AAAAAAMAZING!!! I love it!!!!!!!! Its beautiful!!!!

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