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Tuesday Night Craft Club: The Boden July 10, 2008

Filed under: Sewing,Tuesday Night Craft Club — lauravw @ 8:10 pm

On Tuesday night I worked on my A-line Barcelona skirt. It was all going pretty well, and late in the evening I got a bee in my bonnet about trying to finish the skirt before I went to bed for the night. This I managed to do, and then I was able to wear my skirt the next day.

The skirt-making process went pretty well, and there’s only one aspect I’m not happy with: the muslin lining. I’m not sure if ‘muslin’ fabric means the same in the US as it does in the UK, and I suspect that might be the issue. John Lewis only had one weight of muslin, and so that was what I bought – very fine, slightly stretchy fabric. The stretchyness makes it hard to press back into shape after laundering, and so cutting out the pattern neatly wasn’t as easy as it could have been. I noticed that a fabric shop sales person advised Domesticali against muslin, I should have asked someone who knows about these things before I bought mine. The end result is perfectly acceptable, but if I make a second skirt I’ll switch to something more solid for the lining.

The finished skirt fits well, and I’ve already ordered some of this Erin McMorris fabric to make a second one. I’m not sure if I’ll make the apron overlay again though – it’s beautiful, but the pleats around the hips add a good couple of inches to my silhouette, and not in the sort of place a girl wants to add inches to.

The highlight of this project was when someone at work asked me if my skirt was from Boden. I see this as a compliment for Amy Butler and somewhat of an endorsement of my developing sewing skills. Plus it means I have sort of saved money – the fabric I bought was certainly cheaper than buying anything from Boden (although their sale is on, and there are pretty things reduced…).

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2 Responses to “Tuesday Night Craft Club: The Boden”

  1. Ali Says:

    It’s GORGEOUS and very Boden-esque. I thing the Amy Butler patterns are similar in style to Boden cuts. And super-flattering.
    Love the fabric you’ve got picked out for the next iteration.

  2. Erin Says:

    Ah, yes, in the US, Muslin is very plain undyed/unbleached woven cotton fabric (though the actual definition covers any woven cotton fabric). It’s generally used to make patterns and is painted as backdrops for plays, and is very inexpensive. It is definitely NOT stretchy!

    Here’s what it looks like:
    http://www.joann.com/joann/search/search_results.jsp;jsessionid=IQZAYCOSVLHMMP4SY5CFAFJ50LD3OUPU?CATID=cat1110&keywords=muslin&_requestid=1490439


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