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Completed – Rusholme Skirt #2

Remember when I made this skirt from Wendy Wards book, ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”? At the time I said that it would not be long before I made a second one.

Well that time is now. Here’s my second version of the Rusholme Skirt.

IMG_5862.JPGAs I said in my original post, I am a big fan of this pattern. It’s very straight forward to make and I think it is such a flattering and versatile shape. Much as I hate the term, it is a real ‘wardrobe staple’.

I never actually set out to make this skirt. I was just sorting through my stash one Saturday morning and noticed that I had a bit (maybe a meter at the most) of denim left over from my first Cleo dress. With a bit of unorthodox pattern piece arrangement (let’s not worry too much about grain lines on this one) I just managed to cut out the skirt. The fab floral fabric I used for the facing was a tiny scrap left over from when I used to make and sell cushions several years ago. I loved this fabric too much to throw the scraps away.


The skirt was quick and easy to sew up, and I followed the exact same construction method as I did in my first version. I decided to do the top stitching (ahhh lovely top stitching) in red and also used a red centred zip. I really like the contrast of the red on the dark blue denim.


Yet again, I am really pleased with this skirt. Wendy Ward is releasing a new book on sewing with knits later this year, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

In other sewing related news, Me Made May 2017 is now in full swing. I am really enjoying seeing the photos of everyone’s outfits over on Instagram. If you would like to follow my own Me Made May journey, you can do so here. I’ll also do a round up on here at the end of the month.

Good luck to everyone taking part.

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Completed: Wendy Ward Rusholme A-line skirt

I was very excited to buy myself a copy of Wendy Ward’s new book ‘A beginners guide to making skirts’ this week.


Whether they are aimed at beginners or someone with a bit more dressmaking experience, I love getting new sewing and knitting books. There is always something new to learn and/or lust over. In the case of Wendy’s new book, even though I am not a beginner, I figured there would be some good basic skirt patterns in there that I could adapt and use with my GCSE textiles class.¬†img_2647

I was right. This book is lovely and has patterns and ¬†detailed instructions to make 24 different skirts from 8 basic shapes. I decided to make the skirt featured on the front cover ¬†– the Rusholme A-line skirt – out of a small bit of blue chambray I had left over from another project. I cut a simple version of the skirt – no waist band or pockets – with a centre front seam. If I was making this again I think I would like to add pockets – because pockets – but I just didn’t have enough fabric this time.



I took my time over this skirt. I followed all the instructions exactly as Wendy gave them and let myself slow down and enjoy the process. I didn’t make a toile but I did take the time to fit it to my waist and hips as I went along, and the result is a simple skirt that fits me beautifully. And can we just have a moment to appreciate that topstitching.