For my second project, I decided to go for a patterned fabric. This fabric! I think it’s by Kokka, but I got mine from a local crafts shop and it’s from available online.
If you want to, you can try to match the pattern across the seams etc. when you’re using a patterned fabric. You may not have noticed, but pattern matching isn’t often something you find on shop-bought clothes. This is mainly to keep the cost down when making clothes (and also a bit of laziness) – matching your pattern usually means you’ll use more fabric. Here are a few examples, courtesy of my wardrobe.
But, if you do have the time, I promise you, it’s so worth it!
I’m not going to lie – I did find this quite tricky, even though the skirt I’m making is ‘easy’. It took a full sewing bee session to get my head around it – I didn’t get around to stitching a single thing. It’s time consuming, but I’m hoping it will get quicker and easier with practice. And I think I’ve done pretty well so far. Here is one of my side seams…
…and here is my placket.
Not bad, eh? All I need to do now is make sure I get all of my buttonholes and buttons in exactly the right spots. Otherwise, all that hard work will be ruined!