Friday, April 26, 2013

Black History Month Beignet... Two Months Late!

Surprise, I've been sewing! I cut this skirt out a week before the end of February intending to wear it to our Black History Month Closing Reception, but I finished it a good two months too late!

I used the Colette Beignet pattern and an African wax cotton. I'm so pleased with how my first Beignet came out. The time that it took to finish is not a reflection of how hard the pattern is, it was actually pretty easy to put together! I took these pictures after work one night this week and my hair just wasn't cutting it, so you're getting headless pictures and a slightly wrinkled skirt! 

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And there's pockets! I was worried about attaching the lining to the waistband facing, but it was really no big deal.

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Look at all of those buttons! I love the automatic buttonhole on my machine. It's like magic when it stitches the same exact buttonhole after the first one! I also love my button sew-on foot. It makes sewing buttons on so quick and easy. No more hand sewing buttons!

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I just realized this is my first finished garment since last July. Wow! And I didn't exactly love those knit dresses, so it's the first garment that I'm pleased with since May. Yikes. Thankfully I don't think I'll have to wait as long for another successful garment. I'm halfway through an Alma blouse—I just have to tweak the fit in the chest a bit. Once I have the fit figured out, I plan on making a couple of these to wear to work during the summer.

Did you catch the Great British Sewing Bee? I watched the episodes on YouTube and I loved it. It was so calm and comforting, free of drama, and filled with encouragement and good attitudes among the contestants. I would have been pleased to see any of them win, they all deserved it! I'm excited that it was picked up for a second season, although we'll have to wait until next year to see it. I hope they keep the format the same. In case you missed it, here are the YouTube links: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4. Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. I loved the Great British Sewing Bee. I agree with everything you say about it. I love Project Runway, but this is indeed a lot more nice and encouraging. No one criticizing the clothes forbeing mumsy or anything.
    I love your skirt too! I never would have thought to make something fitted from a fabric like that, because it always conjurs up images of caftans and such...

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    1. It's funny you say that about the fabric. For last year's Black History Month closing reception I first made a loose-fitting wrap skirt out of African fabric. It was a disaster. Thankfully I had enough fabric left over to make a tunic dress!

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  2. Love the skirt! It's a great pairing of fabric and pattern!

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    1. Thanks! I really love the Beignet, I'm planning to make another in a lighter fabric for summer!

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  3. I saw your skirt on the Flickr group as I was looking for inspiration on making mine and I saw your wonderful creation. I absolutely love the colour combination and buttons!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! I'm excited to start wearing it again (it was a little too warm for the summer weather).

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