The Mystery Skirt Part 2: The Trial of the Toile

back view of mystery skirt fitting

On the weekend I sewed a toile for the “Tweed skirt with panel detail” from Stylish Skirts by Sato Wantanabe.  I wrote about this skirt in my previous post. I was reminded how hard it is to fit oneself.  I was also reminded how unlike this quickly-sewn calico skirt is to the one I’m eventually…

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The Mystery Skirt -part 1

Tweed skirt from Stylish Skirts

I have been reading Stylish Skirts by Sato Wantanbe. Sewbusylizzie reviewed it here I’m rather partial to Japanese pattern books, with their clear visual instructions, occasional quirky designs and forlorn looking models.  Stylish Skirts (which uses dressmakers models instead of the forlorn models) is a little different to other Japanese pattern books in that there’s…

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Liz Haywood pictured with sewing machine

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post.  I hope to share, inform and entertain on all things dressmaker-y, knitting and fashion. About me:  I trained as a clothing patternmaker and worked in the fashion industry for twenty years, mainly ladies wear.  I was so fortunate to work at many interesting places with talented,…

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