My handmade wardrobe – Easy wraparound skirt and top.

Looking out of the window I’m not sure if the summer is still here! But I’m going to try and bring it back as I still have a few of my holiday wardrobe makes to share with you.

I had this lovely bright Rico floral lime cotton fabric washed and ready to make into a pair of my fav tapered legged self drafted trousers, but then decided they might just be a bit too much in this print. A few ladies in my sewing classes have recently chosen to make this wraparound skirt from my selection of patterns that are available to borrow during classes. Its a perfect summer make, its quick and easy to make and needs very little fitting. It seemed like the ideal pattern for this fabric!

This skirt is often made up in one class session as its so quick to make. I added a couple of details to the design including mitred hem corners and a bias tied waist to make it a project with some useful skills as well as a nicely finished garment.

I also reworked my now perfected t-shirt shape into a three quarter sleeve scoop neck top. I love having a go to pattern for a top that I know works. I can rustle up a top to go with any outfit and now choose between this version or my crew neck with long or short sleeves.

I made this one in teal cotton/elastane jersey fabric. I have this fabric in a variety of colours in my shop. It has a soft handle and the elastane gives it a good weight which makes it feel great to wear as well as being easy to sew with.

A super quick and easy useful summer outfit complete in around 3 hours! happy summer days 🙂

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...


  1. Let's Get Sewing on August 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Your skirt and tshirt look gorgeous together! I love the fabrics you chose, especially the teal of the top.

    • Julia Claridge on August 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Thank you, teal is one of my fav colours 🙂

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