A SECOND Snakeskin Knit Dress

A second 'wearable toile' - a dress in a snake skin print knit

A second ‘wearable toile’ – a dress in a snake skin print knit

A while back I got a bunch of fabric from my former teacher, and one of those lengths of yardage was this thin, snakeskin print.  I ended up making shorts, leggings, and a dress… most as “intentionally wearable toiles” – basically test garments in fabric that I’d like enough to possibly wear if the pattern worked out -but not so special that I’d be devastated if it didn’t.

When I got some free fabric from a former teacher, I put this snakeskin knit into the “to make toilles with” box – it’s always nice to have some knit that I don’t really love that I can use to mock up patterns with to test fit…

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Bias printed pencil skirt

Bias printed plaid knit fabric made up into a vintage-style pencil skirt

Plaid pencil skirt

The other day I posted my Bias printed circle skirt post – well there was a little bit of material left over from cutting the skirt, so I also cut a pencil skirt from the same fabric! This is pretty much exactly the same as the black and white pinstripe pencil skirt I posted earlier, but with a sewn-on elastic waistband, instead of a fold over elastic waist.

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Bias printed circle skirt – HSF November

A long plaid bias skirt inspired by an Edwardian Historical Sew Monthly challenge for the November 2017 challenge - Inspiration.

Long Edwardian-inspired bias plaid skirt

November’s Historical Sew Monthly (Fortnightly) theme is Inspiration – taking a look at what other members have made over the past several years and using it as inspiration for our own project. In my initial brainstorming post, I had a number of thoughts about inspiration, but as the deadline got closer and closer (and I’ve missed so many themes this year!) I was drawn to something more practical for every-day…

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Black and white pinstripe skirt

I made myself a new pencil skirt from black and white pinstripe knit. Really simple construction for a fast afternoon project.

new black and white pencil skirt

While I was cleaning up in my sewing space not long ago, I started two bags of fabrics for mundane, ordinary, everyday clothing (instead of costumes). One bag was labeled “pencil skirts” and the other “circle skirts”. My hope was to cut out a few skirts at one time, and then sew them up, assembly-line style.

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Leggings & shorts

One of the bars I go to occasionally has dance nights, and one of the themes I’ve seen come up a few times have been 80s nights… Well, I don’t really have a lot of 80s-style clothing, so I wanted to use some of the snakeskin knit that my former teacher gave me to make some leggings.

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