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OWOP and what I'm sewing now

I can't believe my last post was 10 days ago! I didn't mean for this to happen, but so much has happened since then! I got some very good news from work which have kept me occupied for days - they only take effect at the end of June, but it's still something that is very good for my career and I'm looking forward to.

I haven't been idle on the sewing front either: I finished the skirt refashioned from the Pastille dress. It's rather bell-shaped, and it is a "bit" large in the waist, but frankly that's nothing I can fix. I might make a belt for it (I was thinking of either following Tilly's tutorial here or going out and buying a belt kit). It does feel comfortable, however, so I'm happy with it for now. I haven't got any good pictures to share unfortunately. I've taken a couple yesterday, but they're not great.



I've also decided to participate in Tilly's One Week One Pattern project, with self-made skirts. The only pattern I've made twice is the Colette Rooibos, but frankly I can't call that my favourite pattern. Given that I've now made 2 "practically" self-drafted skirts (yes, both from patterns, but heavily modified patterns at that), and I'm making another one this weekend, that should give me enough to go on for the whole week. Come to thing about it, I've got 3 self-drafted skirts, but one is very summery so not really fit to wear in this weather.

The skirt I'm making today (or tomorrow?) is going to be based on my modified Meringue pattern, and it will have a front pleat. I'd actually like to make a couple of versions of this: one with one pleat, one with two pleats. But I'd rather not get ahead of myself at this point. Finishing one would be an achievement :)

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