I’m combining stash busting with re-fashioning with Bettine number five 🙂
The fabric: I used leftover dachshund jersey from my Agnes top for the bodice. I won this fabric in a giveaway hosted by So, Zo… and Girl Charlee UK. I still love it, it’s so soft and comfy. I paired it up with fabric from a beautiful, coral corduroy skirt I found in a charity shop. Always look out for fabrics you like in charity shops even if whatever it is won’t fit you – this skirt was far too big for me, but it had masses of fabric so I knew I’d be able to hack it apart and make something else.
Modifications: yep, a few. Again, I made all the relevant changes for working with jersey outlined in Tilly’s blog post for the bodice. The corduroy skirt was panelled, so I ended up having to panel mine. I have two front pieces and two back pieces, and centre from and centre back seams. It’s really easy to make your skirt this way – just add seam allowances where the fold lines are on the pattern pieces and cut two front and back pieces, instead of one front and back piece on the fold. I hope that makes sense. Once they’re sewn together, you can treat them in exactly the same way you ordinarily would. The other change I made was to make ‘pocket bags’ because I didn’t have quite enough fabric to get full pockets. As a result I have half corduroy pockets and half cotton pockets. Again, to do this, I just split my pockets in half and added seam allowances to each piece.
The pattern: trusty Bettine.
The cost: I already had everything I needed except the skirt, which cost £3. Bargain or what?!