Miss Chalmers skirt | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Blue Miss Chalmers

Sheesh, I’m not doing too well at getting my posts up on time, am I!? I can say though – I made three things (well, two and a half, really…) from sewing books during November. So yes, I did complete the challenge!

And here’s the first one to share with you.

Miss Chalmers skirt | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This is from the Home Sewn book, which was published by the New Zealand Fashion Museum. It’s a short history of New Zealand fashion, and also contains several patterns from current New Zealand designers. It’s a bit of a hit-or-miss collection, to be honest – while I really like several of the designers who have contributed to the book, a lot of their patterns seem to be the most basic ones they could come up with. (Seriously – there are two patterns just for tshirts. And one of those is from WORLD, who are probably our most avant-guarde designers.)

Miss Chalmers skirt | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

There are some cute patterns though, and my favourite is from an indie pattern label based here in New Zealand – Papercut. Katie from Papercut contributed her Miss Chalmers skirt pattern to the book. It’s a pattern I’ve been meaning to make for ages, so naturally I had to make it for the ‘sewing book’ challenge. 😉

It’s a super easy pattern to make up, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s already had a lot of use, and I have plans to make another (or two, or three….)

Miss Chalmers skirt | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Good for both winter and summer as well (or, if you live in Wellington, good for any day of the week. Hah.)

There are some more details over on my blog about construction etc.

7 thoughts on “Blue Miss Chalmers

  1. I was a bit disappointed with the patterns in Home Sewn too, especially World’s t-shirt, or all the exciting things they could have shared with us… A few of the patterns were single sized too – well at least it got you a pretty skirt 🙂

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  2. I agree I thought some of the designers who contributed to Home Sewn could have given something really cool. The Miss Chalmers skirt was the first on my list as well, but I’m just not there yet. I love your skirt, it’s just the right length, the waist band just sit perfectly and the fullness in the front isn’t too much. Nice colour 🙂

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    • Thanks! It’s a great pattern (but as you know, that can be said about Papercut patterns in general, haha!).

      Maybe one day they’ll do the Home Sewn book ‘properly’, with interesting patterns…. As it is, I keep trying to buy this one to show support for the concept, and just can’t quite bring myself to do so.

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  3. I got that book out from the library and it went straight back. So disappointing! Though I agree the papercut pattern is cool and looks great in your cord.

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    • Yeah, such a shame, as the idea had so much potential! I wonder why – did they try to dumb it down with easy patterns for novice sewers, or did some of the designers not want to share complicated patterns….

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