A good week and a new skirt

This week I gave up a couple of hours to help out the Buddy Bag Foundation. They pack backpacks for children who have had to leave their homes for refuges, usually as a result of domestic violence in their home. The bags have items inside to help the children transition into their new lives, often without any of their own possessions.

Amazing charity helping children in refuges

We’ve supported our local women’s refuge since Eleanor was small, donating all sorts from clothes to our buggy. What I loved about these bags though is that everything is brand new. It’s a small thing for those children, but it can really help them feel valued and loved. The first thing they see when they open the bag is a teddy, which is so nice!

The Buddy Bag Foundation are always looking for help, so if you can donate time, money or items for bags, please contact them.

Buddy Bag Foundation
We packed 180 bags!

The rest of this week has been pretty good too. I’ve been hiding from the sun as much as possible though because I’m possibly one of the palest people in the world. Plus, hayfever. Ugh. Aside from near-constant sneezing, I’ve managed to finish a skirt and discovered a really interesting new podcast. I also did an interview with The Green Parent magazine which was pretty exciting!

Going forward I am making a commitment to using sustainable and ethical fabrics. I think it’s appropriate to use up the fabric I’ve already got at home, before I start buying anything else. So, with that in mind, here’s the latest addition to my wardrobe…

Super twirly circle skirt!

This fabric makes me happy when I look at it. I won it in a competition a while back and I just love the pattern and the colours. It’s like blurred chevrons, but there’s something about it that makes me think of zebras. Crazy colourful zebras. What’s not to love?

I’d put it away because I just couldn’t decide what to make with it at the time. I’d thought about maybe making a Cambie dress or something similar, but I wasn’t sure whether the print might be a bit much all over. I’m glad I waited for a while though because I think a circle skirt was the perfect choice.

I went with a full circle skirt because they’re my favourite style of skirt and I wanted to use as much of this fabric as possible. I think a circle skirt works well for this fabric too because it shows off as much of the design as possible. Pockets were added because they’re just an essential for me and definitely influence how much I wear something.

Making the skirt was uneventful, if a little slow. I used an online calculator to work out the measurements and then it was pretty plain sailing. I used my overcast foot to finish all of the seam inside, I want this skirt to last. The invisible zip caused no problems and I added a hook and eye above it too, which looks much better. I don’t know why I didn’t get a photo of the back, but it’s in the wash now!

The fabric itself is peachskin, which means it’s 100% polyester. Polyester is obviously not eco-friendly as it’s made from petroleum. It would be less eco-friendly of me to ditch this this rather than using it though, given that it’s been sat in my cupboard for a year at least. It’s definitely an ethical dilemma though.

If I hadn’t been so convinced that I’d get years of wear from this skirt, I probably would have gifted the fabric to someone else. As it is, it has such a beautiful range of colours in the design (including navy, white, mustard, pale blue, yellow and rust) that I know it will be a really versatile piece. I’ve worn it with a t-shirt so far, but it’ll also look great with a camisole, blouse or cropped sweater. This skirt will get a lot of love.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Sherri
    25th June 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I agree with you about the skirt. It could last for five years before you have any problems. Even then, you might be able to upcycle it in to something else.

    • Toria
      26th June 2017 / 2:00 pm

      It’ll definitely last at least 5 years; I do tend to hang onto clothes when I love them!

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