A skirt and a hat

August was the Repurpose, Reuse, Refashion month and Amy from sewamysew hosted a competition.

I made a few things but won a prize with my pink dress that I made from three of Tom’s old t-shirts. My prize was for “the best use of dye”. I was pretty thrilled to win something as some of the refashions were amazing. I won a pattern and chose this skirt from Imagine Gnats.



There are a few things I really liked about this skirt, not least of which were those pockets!

I made a wearable muslin from some fabric kindly donated by my sister when she cleaned out her stash. It is a thickish cotton and rather bright!DSC00971


The skirt was pretty easy to put together and has some nice details. The seams are all topstitched and it has a flat front waistband and an elasticised back waistband. This is not evidenced here because I made the skirt a bit too loose and needed a belt.



I needed to make this skirt to see what was what. There are two views – the one I made has a little pleat in the centre front and sticky out pockets (technical term) which made me strangely feel as though I had panniers on my sides. I may not have interpreted the instructions correctly! The second version (and the one I shall make next time) has a flat front and flat pockets.

No matter, I really like this skirt. DSC00980

I am also sporting a new hat. I bought this pattern recently and thought it would be a great pattern to do some stashbusting. And so it proved to be.


I used some curtain material also inherited from my sister. I have made a (yet to be blogged) jacket from this curtain and this is some of the leftovers. Do you like my embellishment? Bridgette and Tom brought me this little silver donkey back from Greece and I love it so much. DSC00970

I lined it with some fabric from another yet to be blogged item – a dress this time.


When I took the measurements of my head, I had to get each of my family members to check because I came in at a Small which was described as “suitable for a very small child”! Clearly I have a pin head.

This hat has a wonderfully wide brim, which will be perfect for the summer, and it can be thrown in the washing machine unlike my various straw hats.

Here it is in action with today’s outfit.DSC00981

I think you can see how much shade this hat is going to give me. I really hate having the sun on the back of my neck and I feel really well protected.   DSC00987

I feel a denim version of this hat coming on – perhaps a stretch denim?DSC00976

The details:

Skirt is the Alder Skirt for women from Imagine Gnats, made from a piece of fabric offloaded on donated to me by my sister. I am wearing my grey Nettie bodysuit from Closet Case Files. The belt is too old to remember when and where I bought it. The hat is from a pattern by Amy Butler which I bought at Materialise in Shenton Park made from part of a cotton curtain also donated by my sister. The setting is the Swan River and Claremont Jetty on a lovely spring afternoon.




13 thoughts on “A skirt and a hat

  1. That is a cute skirt and I LOVE your hat!
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