Friday, 16 October 2015

A little bit of hanky panky

Today is just going to be a quick post to show you all one of my new sewing projects. 

It's heating up here in Australia, and it seemed like the perfect time to make some more loose, cool, but still stylish, skirts. I've been joking with mum that it's "the first item of my SS15/16 collection".

Unfortunately I haven't been sewing much this year, aside from the baby clothes and a pile of camisoles I'm still working on. I'm hoping next year will be much more productive once I finally have my sewing room set up again. 

We've had this fabric sitting in the linen press for as long as I can remember. Mum can't even remember why she bought it, but when I came across it a few weeks ago, I thought it'd be perfect for a hankerchief hem skirt - which is basically like a circle skirt, but instead of being circular, it's basically a big square with a hole in the center. There are a few photos at the end I've set up just to show that it is literally just a square with a hole.

I'm really happy with this skirt overall. It's just such a flattering, comfortable style, with a bit more attitude than it's circle skirt cousin. It's easy to make and such a versatile project once you've got the basic pattern. 

Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to wear it outside except for the clinic. Mum asked the other day if I'd be interested in a trip out, but I don't think I even let her finish her sentence before I snapped an immediate 'no'. 

The very thought makes my stomach turn. The only place I could go would be hours away, like Warrnambool with the cheese factory, where I have no chance of running into Him again. The further away the better. Anywhere within a few hour's drive of home is simply not safe. And even then, that poses more issues, just being so far away from home. 

I did try to get some photos of my new skirt yesterday, in my very empty and half-painted sewing room, although they're not the best. 
I really need to invest in a new dress form that goes down that one-or-two extra size so I don't have to keep relying on awkward selfies. 

I don't really have much else to say this week, but I hope you enjoy these pics. 



  1. Bella
    Dear Bella
    You never cease to amaze me with how talented you are
    I can't even see a button
    But you my dear girl are genuinely gifted
    And the skirt looks just darling

    I hope you do get to goo it on an outing
    I think it's good for you to get away for a while
    As it reminds us that there is a whole world out there

    Stay well Hun
    Always here for you x

  2. Very very cute!

    I hope you can manage to get out and have some sunshine annnnnd let people admire your handiwork!

    This might be a stupid question that you've already answered long ago on this blog, but have you seen any kind of mental health professional specifically to talk about this looming past trauma? I'm obviously no psychologist, but it seems like all of your mental health issues go back to this big root problem and I just want you to feel well and while again.

    1. And I don't ever remember you mentioning that you've talked to any of the physical or mental health practitioners that you trust about that particular problem.... I know it's this super huge thing and I clearly don't have a magic solution. I just want the best for you, Bella!

      Big big hugs!!!

  3. I love that skirt! It looks amazing! Why don't you pick a place for you and your mom to go on an outing to? There's probably loads of quietter places like parks or coffee shops that wouldn't have too many people. Or go at an odd time? Maybe find somewhere to sit and watch a sunset or sunrise?

  4. That skirt is GORGEOUS. I wish I could get into sewing. One of the many things on the list of things I'd like to learn, but I have too many hobbies to begin with. :/

    You are extremely talented m'lady.

  5. I LOVE your sewing SO much!

    Looking forward to seeing and hearing more of it.


  6. You are so amazing <3 you inspire me to make things (in a amateurish unpracticed sort of way but practice makes perfect - as in your case). It looks so good on you my dear *-*
    Love you -Mandy xx

  7. Your skirt is amazing, you are so talented you should be famous Bella <3 Xxx

  8. Wow!... You're incredibly talented Bella! Your sewing works always make my jaw drop ^^ You make me wanna try making my own clothes too.. but then I remember I can't sew at all!... hahah ^^;;
    Love you! xx

  9. I LOVE that skirt so much the way it hangs its quirky cool and cute all at the same time. I think you could really have you're own collection, you're incredible, more than you know. I'm sending something your way very soon, I know I said I was going to but the week got very messy and I'm sorry but I'm back in durham for 2 weeks now so I shall be sending a parcel your way my starsister. I LOVE YOU. xx

  10. I LOVE that type of skirt, it's so boho!

  11. i love the skirt!! i used to have a handkerchief hem skirt that I wore until it fell apart.