I’ve found a new-to-me fabric shop in Adelaide: Catwalk Fabrics. Other sewists have mentioned it but I have never managed to actually visit. Until now.
Lisbeth Moritz is the proprietor and it’s a tiny space in the ‘Paris end’ of Coglin St, Brompton. Lisbeth has an eclectic collection of designer fabrics; like a pared back Tessutis.
I didn’t visit with any particular project in mind. I left with a gorgeous hot pink ponte. It had to come home with me: it was the perfect partner for a blouse I’d made earlier…
Pattern: Burdastyle 08-2011-122
Size: 36-42, I made a 42 with a 1 cm sway back adjustment and a bit of further adjustment over the hips for fit. Pencil skirts are so easy to fit!
Changes I made: I changed the length to just above the knee and omitted the pockets. I extended the waist to have a fold back self facing. Rather than interface the waistband and facing I added 3 cm wide elastic. It’s a fitted waist, not elasticized. The elastic adds body and a bit of stretch for comfort. Its edge is showing through, but I am telling myself it gives a line that doesn’t look out of place on a waist
Sewing with Ponte
My most favourite go to casual skirt for winter is a charcoal ponte I made over ten years ago (yes, it really does need replacing but it’s still wearable). Apart from this one skirt, I haven’t used ponte much at all. Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic makes some wonderful garments from ponte (well, actually, almost any fabric she puts her hand to). She recently posted about ponte and how she uses and treats it.
I followed her advice and treated my ponte like a woven. The only exception was a double needle for the hem. It did look better just turned up before I stitched it, but I am not skilled enough with hand stitching to contemplate a stretchy blind hem by hand.
I stabilized the fabric where the invisible zip went in with iron in woven interfacing. It’s not perfectly smooth, but it will do for me for now!
Who doesn’t want to wear spring colours in Autumn?
(thick tights are wonderful things..)