Tuesday, 22 October 2013

SEWN: UP, UP AND AWAY...

... in my beautiful, my beautiful, balloooooooooooon!


Otherwise known as vintage Simplicity 7395, Short Skirt (dated 1976).


Go on, admit it! You know you want a hot air balloon skirt for yourself now don't you? Or would you prefer that sassy red number with the chook embroidered on the pocket? Huh, huh? Damn if that transfer for said chook was missing, presumed used by an earlier style savvy sewer.

Short interlude: I believe I am the luckiest girl in the world. For many reasons, but not least of which is that I tend to be gifted the most amazing bagfuls of vintage 1970s patterns you've ever seen. Past and present workmates and gorgeous friends have delighted in my makes for ages and know my addiction obsession passion for 1970s patterns knows no bounds. They just work for my shape and I am a lover of simple crisp lines for my body type.


Whenever someone is undergoing a major house clean out they bag them up and then present them to a very giddy, excited Miss Jillian. Squeeeeee! This pattern was one such find and weirdly I was looking everywhere for an a-line wrap skirt pattern that I liked. I was just about to purchase Tilly's Miette when this baby slipped into my sweaty, overexcited hands. In my humble and personal opinion this pattern is wayyyyy better, I prefer the less exaggerated a-line of this one.

This was a very straightforward make and required no alterations. Yay! Since it is a wrap skirt, its pretty forgiving, but I must say that it does seem to wrap to exactly where it should in the back and doesn't strain or hang weirdly...


As yet I haven't had a wardrobe malfunction resulting in a knicker display, which is an awesome outcome!

The pockets are super cool in that they wrap around the side front and finish at the side back. I thought perhaps they'd add bulk, but they're great. And side darts form the waistline shaping as there are no side seams.


How come this skirt looked perfectly ironed when inside my home, but in daylight it looks like I slept in it/wrestled a monkey?

Now, styling advice, lovely friends. What colour top would you wear with this? I made a wardrobe booboo in that I don't have any tops other than this old black tank that work with it. Blame it on fabric love, which wipes out all reason/wardrobe planning. Anywho, what colour/style people???

I call this baby a success, I likey...



Can I just apologise for photography here, peeps? I have been waiting and waiting to photograph my recent makes and have been delayed with ridiculous work commitments in the last few weeks and no hubby around to help me with a photo shoot. This was done with a remote shutter release and I still need some practice. I had to edit the shit out of these shots to get them in focus/adjust the glare and now they look a bit weird.

11 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! And the shots are fine! I would stay block colours with this top though that is me.... Team balloons!
    Side note: how is the knitting going? I can't wait to see your project? I am taking my knitting to Brown Owls on Saturday to get the sleeves started...

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    1. Aw thanks Amanda. You and that Miette! Knitting about to start up again as I FINALLY received my yarn ordered from the UK today. FINALLY! Will post soon...

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  2. A beautiful versatile skirt. You are fortunate to have friends who give you patterns. You can wear this skirt with red, aqua, yellow and navy blue in my opinion. Love the pictures too.

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    1. Thanks Aura. I am verrrrrry lucky to have such generous friends. I am also thinking yellow is a good option for the top, especially since I love it with the yellow sandals in the shots!

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  3. I love this! Now I wish I had a balloon skirt for the hot air balloon festival thing we have here!

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    1. See I told you you'd want one of your very own! Too bad you're not in Oz or I'd point you in the direction of Spotlight (our big craft retailer here). Have you tried googling it?

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    2. I haven't but I will now. :P I was thinking maybe getting hot air balloon design off of Spoonflower, since I like that site a lot. :D

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  4. Yes, I do want a hot air balloon skirt for myself. Where do I need to sign? Will someone call me, or do I need to call them?

    Seriously though, not only do I love the fabric but I also love the shape - I really have to learn to get past the drawings on those 70s patterns, they really sew up so well! I think I'd wear this with a plain white / yellow / light blue top, but I'm not very imaginative in what to wear with prints.

    Your photos look really good to me. I usually have to do the timer thingy with my camera balanced on a chair or a rubbish bin or whatever, and I usually take heaps then spend ages deleting the bulk of them then straightening, cropping, adding shadows / fill light the remainder to get a few decent pics - but I suspect it's pretty common.

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    1. Gabrielle you are too funny! My advice, head to your local Spotty and I'm sure they'll have length especially for you ;)

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  5. Oh I'm so glad that fabric was for you and not one of the kids! It's just so great! Hey I also wanted to let you know after your comment on my blog about the Maria Denmark free tee that I think you can get it if you subscribe to the news letter.... When you go to her blog a little box pops up bottom right corner and mentions it. Otherwise email her! She seems very friendly and accessible!

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    1. Ps definitely solid colour top, red, navy, white, yellow or black would all look fantastic!

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