1950s · Sewing

Heart’s a Mess

It’s been a quiet Winter here at the House of Miss Alison.  A Winter of slow-cooked casseroles with herb dumplings (which is why I resemble one), of nights hunkered down with knitting, and frosty winter mornings spent with a book and the world’s best coffee.  I love Winter, it’s a time for slowing down, for rest and hibernation.  I knit all year round, but in Winter, I knit like a madwoman, and my sewing machine sits in the front room gathering dust, wondering what it did to offend me.  I lose my sewing mojo in Winter – although that doesn’t stop me buying gorgeous winter coatings and suitings, which get dreamed about but not cut into.  While I love the solitude of Winter, my heart skips a beat as the days get longer with the promise of Summer. With the packing away of Winter clothing and the unpacking of Summer skirts and dresses, my thoughts turn to the stash of fabric, the folds of florals and polka dots, and I start dreaming them into life. Last weekend I spent Sunday in the stash, and in an effort to kick start my Sewjo, I cut out five skirts; four circle skirts, and one that will be pleated.

I love a circle skirt, moreso if there are florals involved. They are just about the most perfect skirt, and look great in any weight fabric.  My go to circle skirt is the self-drafted circle from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing (which will change your sewing life, I promise).  I always cut in-seam pockets, because a skirt without pockets just isn’t worth thinking about.  I cut the back half circle in half, sew a seam up the back, insert a zip, and in about three hours the most gorgeously twirly garment a girl could own is hanging in her wardrobe.  Really, what’s not to love?

Hearts a Mess 1

This weekend I was lucky enough to have Friday off, so managed to get two of the four circles finished.  The first one is a basic black, which a Girl can NEVER have too many off.  I used a heavy weight cotton stretch twill, which I bought from The Fabric Store (fabric heaven).  It’s probably a wee bit too heavy for a skirt, but it holds its shape beautifully, and I don’t think I’ll have to wear a petticoat underneath, which is a bonus on 40 degree humid days. Because it’s a heavier weight cotton, it will be perfect for this in-between weather that Sydney is experiencing.  I can’t wait to wear it this week.

Hearts a Mess 4

The second circle is a quilting cotton that I bought from Spotlight at the beginning of the year.  The photo does not do the colours justice, but it’s the most gorgeous berry red and pink roses, with a strange smattering of gold for balance. Groovie Mommie is knitting a pink cotton cardigan as we speak which will be perfect for this, and I’m about to cast on a deep red cotton for Andi Satterlund’s Salal KAL, which should also go with.  It’s a lighter weight cotton, which just floats on the air when you walk. It’s probably a little too fresh in Sydney for such a light weight cotton, but this is another one I’m dying to wear.

And finishing two gorgeous skirts has got me itching to cut more skirts, dresses and blouses out – which means I think I’ve got my Sewjo back!

Hope you’ve all had gorgeous and productive weekends – do let me know what you’ve been up to this weekend.  The world has felt like a particularly precarious place this last fortnight, so I hope where ever in the world you are, you are safe and warm and well.



2 thoughts on “Heart’s a Mess

  1. Nice to see you blogging again. You’ve been very quiet.
    Also nice to read your writing again, it was always your strength.

    1. Hi Kerry
      Thanks so much for this comment – I’ve been feeling a little low of late, so your lovely words have lifted my spirit. Thank you xxx

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