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Completed (sort of) Cosy Woollen Nascha Mini Skirt

By Lauren Guthrie
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I’ve been talking about making this really lovely cute Mini Skirt from Named Patterns, the Nascha, for a while now. I think it’s a great take on a classic mini with a nice design detail at the front to keep things interesting.

Ever since we had all of our woollen fabrics arrive for winter I’ve been dreaming up several versions but decided to use this lovely textured purple one, which has flecks of white a black as well.

I’ve made a few of the Named patterns now and have always been really pleased with the finished garment. The way the garments hang and the details in how they are put together are just they way I like, but it can be a bit trickier than normal to get there. I like it though and a challenge is always good! Here are a few pointers that I wished I’d know before I started!

The first thing to be aware with these patterns is that it's best to trace your size and watch out for the seam allowances situation. Each size has two lines; one excluding seam allowance and one including seam allowance of (watch out for this bit too) 1cm! Not what you might be more used to with a 1.5cm.
These aren’t complicated or difficult things to over come, just something to be aware of!

With this particular pattern, as its asymmetrical, you won't cut the front panels out with the fabric on the fold as you normall would. The right and left panels are different so you just need one piece of fabric for each side – and make sure that you don’t end up with two right or left hand pieces!

The instructions, although supported with diagrams show the wrong side of the fabric as shaded grey and the right side white. Whereas on quite a few of the other indie patterns that I’ve used before, it’s the opposite way around. So again, not that bad to work around just something to be aware of and it might be worthwhile making a note on your instructions of that. It just took me a bit longer than normal to work out what way round things were going.

One of the features I like about this skirt is that it has a hem facing and the lining is attached to the waistband facing and the hem facing, meaning it doesn’t flap around of its own accord.

The things I’d recommend you watch out for here are that; when attaching the hem facing, you only do one half at a time. It’s because of the way the two front panels join together and it was one of those situation where you just have to trust what the instructions say, go with it, and hope it all makes sense at a later step – which of course it did.

I found when doing the line of top stitching on the longer diagonal front panel, that I had to measure and mark a line of where to stitch with chalk. Sometimes I take shortcuts in situations like that and just go by feel, but it was going to be too messy. The chalk line worked a treat and brushed off the wool really easily afterwards.

I don’t often do exposed zips on garments but I found this old zip in a charity shop ages ago and though it looked pretty good. It can be hard to get nice metal teeth zips these days so I’d keep your eyes peeled for vintage ones (just check they haven’t gone all rusty or anything!)

When attaching the lining, you first attach it to the hem facing, then the waist facing second.

Attaching it to the waist facing is where the really tricky bit comes. You have to pull everything through where the zip is at the back so that the lining and facing can be sewn with right sides of the fabric facing. It’s really hard to explain and show in diagrams and photos, but I honestly think that if you just don’t worry about working it out until you get to that stage, and just follow exactly what it says in the instructions with your skirt in front of you, then it’s not too bad to work out.
The best bit is that it gives the most awesome, tidy neat finish on the inside and no exposed raw edges (once you’ve done a bit of hand sewing!)

Over a few evenings, I managed to finish the skirt to the point of hand sewing the lining to the zip but alas, when I tried it on, my behind just doesn’t fit in it very well. I’m soooo disappointed as although it is possible for me to get the darn thing on and zipped up, if I move more than a cm, I fear the back seam will probably burst open! I’m going to try and let it out at the seams a little and hope that I get just enough ease to be able to walk in it, otherwise, it’ll just be another hard lesson learned.

My top tip – seriously consider increasing the seam allowance or if you are on the cusp of a size – make the next one up!

What have you lovelies been making? Would love to see some pictures! 

Guest Appearance on The Liberty Craft Blog

By Lauren Guthrie
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What an honour! I'm so excited! You can now check out one of the lovely projects from my book, as featured on the Liberty craft blog

I'm sure a few die-hard Liberty fans like me might have spotted quite a few hints of Liberty fabrics throughout my book. A spot of Liberty fabric is one of my favourite ways to add a detail and something really special to my sewing projects, just like with the contrast pockets and hem facing on these cute PJ shorts. Check out the Liberty Craft Blog for the full tutorial!

Or if you fancy picking up some touches to add to your projects, we now have 3 different colourways of pre-made Liberty Bias Binding for sale, along with a lovely selection of their new Autumn and Winter prints

Spotted! In lovely magazines….

By Lauren Guthrie
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I’m sure I’m not alone here when I say I like a cuppa and nice browse through a colourful crafty mag? 

Avid readers of sewing and craft magazines might have spotted me a few times already this month. With my book being released a few weeks ago, the lovely peeps at some of my favourite magazines have been so kind to include extracts and interviews with me about the book.

In case you’ve missed them, here are some of the features....

Love Sewing have included the instructions and pattern for my favourite project in the book, the Yoke Top….

Sew Magazine (where you can also find my monthly column) features the simple top and how to apply bias binding.

Homemaker have written a really lovely piece on the interview they did with me and have featured the oven glove project….

And House Beautiful have picked out the easy peasy envelope cushion cover project, which beautifully shows off the Emma Hardicker fabric that I used.

I've heard from a few people who are starting to make some of the projects in the book which is really exciting and it’s been so awesome to see some great reviews on Amazon already – thanks so much you guys!

If you fancy picking up a copy for yourself grab signed copy from us, or check out Amazon - I don’t mind at all 

If you’re worried about staring a project on your own I’m running lots of tie in workshops to the book (a copy is included in the price or a reduction is available if you already have you own copy), check out the full list in this link.

I’ve also made a specific category in the fabric section of the shop that has the fabrics I used in the book - click here for a browse! 

Thanks again for all your positive support!