Deep breaths, it’s the day before publication day so it’s time to meet the last project in A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics – here is the Longshaw Skirt.
This one is named after the Longshaw Estate, which covers a diverse range of Peak District landscape including Padley Gorge; a long, steep wooded gorge which follows the boulder strewn path of Burbage Brook. This wooded gorge is probably where Longshaw gets its name as it’s said to mean ‘long wood’.
If you’re new to sewing, this project is another great place to start as the Longshaw skirt is not as complex as it might look – it’s made of just two pieces plus a waistband and is a really quick make that gives impressive results! There are two lengths you can make the skirt and you can make it with or without pockets.
The beauty of this pattern, like lots of others in the book, lies in its versatility because as well as a skirt you can also join the Longshaw Skirt to the Winnats Tank or Peak T-shirt to make a dramatic dress!
Photos by Julian Ward © Cico Books
Some of my sewing students at MIY Workshop have had a head start and already been busy with this pattern:
And after my first toile for the Longshaw Dress, I think there is a lot of mileage for playing around with stripes in this project!
Tomorrow, PUBLICATION DAY (!), I’m going to talk you through some of the other detail in the book:
- the techniques covered
- the guides included
- where all the gorgeous fabrics came from
- PLUS there may also be a small competition announced…….!