15 March 2010

autumn sewing

spindle dress

Another 'Spindle' dress from the Ottobre pattern, made from a lightweight Ikea cotton. Acorns! I do love acorns.

new skirt

Some more skirts, suitable for both work and casual wear. I think the leaves on this skirt would work well as embroidery patterns. (Insert cunning plan here).

new skirt

This one reminds me of seaweed. I received lots of compliments last week when I wore it to work with black leggins, black long sleeve tee and one of my few 'proper pieces' of clothing - a Country Road black riding jacket that I spent half a week's wages on over twenty years ago and still wear today. It's true what they say about quality. Sadly these days half a week's wages is usually earmarked for more prosaic things like the mortgage. Good thing Ikea sells fabric for tuppence a metre.

Edited to add: the pattern for the skirt is Burda 8879, and the Spindle dress is from Ottobre magazine Spring/Summer 2009. The Ikea fabric wears beautifully so far.

32 comments:

thornberry said...

Snap! Great skirts Suse - I made myself one out of the ikea fabric a little while ago too - here it is - http://thornberry.wordpress.com/2007/10/17/hip-skirt-in-ikea-fabric/ - do great minds think alike?

The domestic novice said...

Wow! You've been busy. What fab fabric on the last skirt!

amandab said...

I am emailing my mum tomorrow about teaching me how to knit, sew and crochet! If I see one more person make a post about something they've made and don't learn how to do it myself I will go made!

LOVE the fabrics!

Really enjoying your blog. You were a random recommendation from google and I am regularly popping back to check the archives. Love your advent posts.

rachel said...

Love those skirts! Clever you.

Jane said...

Love the fabrics - especially the last one, bet it looks great on you.

The List Writer said...

I've just subscribed to Ottobre and am really hoping there is plenty to inspire me in there. Everything I've made for myself so far (a measly two skirts and some scarves) I love and wear often, so I think there should be more.

herhimnbryn said...

Great work Soup Lady. The fabrics are beautiful. I have recently re-discovered leggings, (under skirts.) The last time I wore leggings was in the 80's, when I was slender enough to wear them with leg warmers and boots! Hey ho, time moves on.

Badger said...

Ooo, loverly. I've eyed that seaweed fabric many times myself, but couldn't think what to make with it. Your skirt idea is fab!

little women said...

Funny thing about leggings - I love wearing them under things also, but the only piece of fashion advice that my mum ever gave me was ..." just because they fit doesn't mean you should wear them!" Still makes me laugh 15 years later,- love the skirt +++

Laura Jane said...

LOVING the skirts and the patterns, well done, how industrious of you.

I too 'discovered' leggings under skirts last winter and I'm so glad I did. I'm too cuddly in the ankle for ANY boots in the known universe (I know, sigh) so leggings are my thing.

Also...I used to wonder why fat lady clothes shops sold cycle shorts. Why? The image was just too disturbing. And then I went to the northern hemisphere and walked the cities of the world in summer and suffered chafing that made me ALMOST not go to the Musee D'Orsay. Something had to change! It was then that I realized what the cycle shorts were for. even though they add layers = sweat potential, the reduction in chafing was bliss!

Two thumbs way up for Ikea and their very affordable fabric.

eurolush said...

My mom is going to help me learn to make skirts this summer while I'm home. (She is one of your biggest magpie/backyard bird fans.) I will be thinking of all your amazing sewing while I'm attending to my own.

Love the skirts! And the fabric!

blackbird said...

Beautiful, all.
And true what you say about purchasing quality - my half week's wage went to a new pump on Saturday.

Sigh.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That's it ! I must stop wearing jeans .

Michelle said...

Just love the acorn fabric...
and love that design...
your sewing is wonderful!!!

travellersyarn said...

I love the skirts (especially the seaweed), and would love to have the upper body to still wear a top like that.
How does the Ikea fabric wear?

Fe said...

Absolutely stunning!

I think a visit to Ikea is in order! I have a stash of their upholstery fabric for making bags / shorts / skirts etc, but want WANT some thin cotton for tops / dresses.

Thanks for the inspiration. xo

Stacey said...

Suse, you are so clever. I love the seaweed skirt.
Perhaps that outfit you put together last week could have some sort of shawl / cowl / scarf knitted from yarn you dye to pick out that mustardy colour in the skirt?
Clever, clever Suse.

Kristie said...

LOVE the seaweed skirt. I always forget that IKEA has fabric -- but I won't forget now!

peppermintpatcher said...

SOOOOOOOO jealous of you lot with easy Ikea access!

Your clothes are beautiful and very seasonal as we approach autumn.

Mare said...

I don't wear many dresses but I love the Spindle dress - would you be able to give me the make and pattern number so that I can buy one for myself please and have a go at making it?

Suse said...

The dress is from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Ottobre.

Stomper Girl said...

Gorgeous makes. I think I want a spindle dress too.

Mare said...

Suse
Thanks for the info; I'll see if I can track that issue down.

Melody said...

My goodness they are gorgeous! I bought that same IKEA fabric the other day (middle photo) to make a window covering. I'm thinking now I might save it to make a skirt for ones self!!

Michelle said...

Fantastic. Love the seaweed fabric!

Anonymous said...

i would love to try and do a skirt like those.
is it easy? cause i just know how to use the sewing machine straight... ;-)
were can i get the pattern?
thanks for the help

Rita from Lisbon

Karen said...

Very pretty!

Leslie said...

those are really nice patterns ... my first thought was that they would be so ideal to wear on a holiday trip to Hawaii or some other tropical place!

Suse said...

Hi Rita
the pattern is Burda 8879

crafty said...

Hi Suse,
WOW, I'm drooling, I'm always too scared to buy fabric at ikea for fear of cutting it and then being unable to find someone to price it for me. And being stuck there for hours and hours.

(I did recently visit ikea, on a mission for my SIL and spent way more than I bargained for as it is, but I was very excited to find 100% linen tea towels, linen! two for $7, how could I resist? and the list goes on....)

Oh and I adore the blue cardi.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sorry I'm late.

Online shops said...

The skirts are wonderful. They are perfect for work.

Laura CheBirba said...

Wow! I love your skirt!

Laura from Italy
http://chebirba.blogspot.com