I bought a meter of beautiful turquoise wool twill fabric at the Festival of Quilts two years ago, from the Fabrics Galore stand.  I must have bought it in a fit of bravado and confidence.  Once it was tucked into my stash, working with it terrified me.  I was convinced it would be a nightmare to cut, or that it would unravel before I could could stitch the pieces together.

One of my resolutions for the new year is to work my way through my stash, because it is rather taking over my sewing room.  I’m not going to stop buying fabric for specific projects, that would be crazy, but I’m going to try to use the fabric I already have where possible.  Except for the bits that I can’t bear to cut into. Er, oh dear.

Anyway, so I decided to use the twill to make a skirt using instructions from the Design-It-Yourself, Clothes book by Cal Patch to draft the pattern.  My mum bought me the book for Christmas and I was itching to try it.

blue twill skirt with red buttons

Crumbs, it is not a book for beginners.  That isn’t a criticism, just a warning. I learnt so much making this skirt. It’s a skirt of many firsts.  This was the first time that I’d worked with a fairly loose weave fabric, the first time I’ve drafted a pattern with darts (and it nearly fits my tummy perfectly so I am definitely a dart convert), my first patch pockets, flat-felled seams and fringe hem (although that last idea came from Sew What Skirts). It wasn’t easy to make and there was quite a lot of swearing but I love the red buttons and stitching against the turquoise and black.  The waist is little lower than I usually prefer but I can adjust the pattern if I make another someday.

The twill was pretty scary to work with but I’m very glad I turned it into a skirt. You never know, before this year is out I may find the courage to make one of the trouser patterns from the book.