Bank Holiday Weekend Sewing Skirt and Top

I have enjoyed this bank holiday weekend. Great weather and managed to have time to sew too.



AW Recycled top 2

Really pleased with the top – I adapted a pattern (Butterick B6136) but cut up, patched and used 3 stretch viscose dresses that had hardly been worn and were about to go to charity. Now I have a lovely new top that I love. The beaded decoration was also reused – cut from a very old top past it’s best. I love to recycle.


AW Recycled top 1

These vest style long dresses were comfy but the style really did not suit my larger figure curves – so I only ever wore them around the house



AW Velour Skirt

The skirt is one of my favourite makes from stretch ‘burn out’ velour. I didn’t use a pattern for this one.

Tiered Maxi Skirt made from a recycled bed sheet

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 2

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 4

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 5

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 6



Good afternoon. I am sharing a skirt that I made from an old double bed white sheet. I dyed the background and made up this simple tiered skirt. I simply measured my hips and cut the width of the top tier so that I could pull it on easily with an elasticated top band. I then added tiers of increasing width (approx. 1.5 to 2X the width of the previous tier). I used a remnant of embroidered fabric for the bottom frill.

Before adding the elastic to the waist I machine embroidered rows of decorative stitching and flourishes. I then block printed with various designs and heat set to make permanent. Summer here we come.


White cotton double bed sheet, cotton ribbon for trim (dyed with sheet) and remnant of turquoise embroidered chiffon

Dylon multipurpose dye. This is now discontinued but they have a new formulation that is equivalent for use on natural fabrics (dyed in washing machine).

Madiera Rayon embroidery thread – variegated golds and browns

Wooden printing blocks:

Owl (Blockwallah), small leaves, floral sprig, daisy flower, leafy spiral (Colouricious), paisley and floral Border (unknown brand)

High density foam mat – to lay underneath as block print (Colouricious)

Fabric paints – heat set with iron (to make permanent):

White Gold Starlights Fabric Paint (Imagination Crafts), Chestnut Brown Multipurpose Satin Paint (Martha Stewart), Turquoise blue mixed to match fabric – Opaque White (Jacquard), Metallic Turquoise and Blue (Vallejo from Colouricious)