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The Maker!

Emily from Self Assembly Required made this beautiful London skirt in the Stone print by Otsukiyumi.

You can soak up Emily’s love of designing and making clothes, pattern hacking and all things fabric and sewing on her instagram account, blog AND YouTube channel! They are chock full of sewing inspiration, tutorials, reviews and even freebies (a fab ruffle-tee pattern and printables to help with your monthly sewing plans)!

Emily wants to inspire sewists (and non-sewists contemplating the leap!) to try new things and create something both beautiful and individual.


The Material!

Both beautiful and individual is just how I would describe the Stone fabric that Emily used to make her skirt.

The designer of ‘Stone’ is Otsuki Yumi. All of her designs are first created by hand, most often painted in watercolour, before being digitally printed onto fabric.

This design was inspired by a trip to the sea where Otsuki-san walked along the beach and collected her favourite stones and sea glass before returning home to paint them in watercolour.

Emily described the print as a terazzo, giving me a whole new perspective on it – fresh, cool and light. Which had Spring sewing projects popping up in my head!

I’m curious, what would you make with this fabric?!


The Make!

Caroline and Alexandra, the co-founders of Selkie Patterns, are my kind of women! They are all about sisterhood and sustainability.

To the point where the front and back of the skirt are made from the same pattern pieces to save paper and printing!

And I mean, the name ‘Selkie’ comes from a Gaelic myth that when they boil it down, is about being true to yourself, discovering who you are and owning it. Which is SO much of what my sewing journey has been about – how about you?
Alexandra and Caroline put real consideration into how this pattern would work in women’s lives. It was important that it isn’t restricting and the women wearing can live their lives fully.
Work, play, run after your kids, eat dessert!
What’s more, the London skirt was inspired by men’s tuxedos and Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday! It has a casual Sunday vibe but with lovely detail, structure, movement and clean lines.
The skirt pattern is knee length but Emily has lengthened it into an elegant midi. You can read her thoughts on the skirt on her blog post. It has genius little sections of gathering on the sides which fit into the waist band and make it drape beautifully without creating too much volume.  The pattern also includes a top and dress – think of all the versions you could create with different fabrics, lengths and hacks too!

Major giveaway!

Now it’s time to get excited! You have a chance to win some Otsukiyumi fabric, the London pattern by Selkie Patterns and more in the giveaway I’m running on my Instagram account!

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