A few weeks ago Tasia had a great post on sewing “frosting” (fun, often patterned, not necessarily everyday items) versus sewing “cake” (basics, everyday wear).

Like most sewists, I definitely fall on the side of being drawn to frosting projects over cake projects – personally, I would be happy sewing nothing but pretty dresses, even if I wear a dress maybe once a week. But recently I’ve been finding a bit more balance between projects like my houndstooth dress, which I enjoyed sewing, think is awesome, but only wear occasionally:

Fall Palette Challenge : Houndstooth Dress

and my slew of School House Tunics that I wear practically every time they’re clean enough to wear.
My creation

This weekend, I focused on some serious cake.

But that isn’t to say cake can’t be fun too.

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Sure it’s a basic black skirt, but have you seen the inside??

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In typical Leah fashion, I took a simple project (Colette Patterns Ginger, a total of four pieces), and made it 100% more complicated by adding pockets and finishing all the seams with home-made bias binding.

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That said, I’m pretty pleased with the finished product, even if the fabric seems to spontaneously generate lint. If I had to make any changes I would have 1) used a stiffer interfacing in the waistband 2) gone a size down in the waist and 3) done the recommended hem length (I did a bit deeper hem).

(Might still do that last one).

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I’m fairly certain this basic will get heaps of wear, especially since it looks so fantastic with my saddle shoes. 🙂

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Oh and I should say that I’m not abandoning the pursuit of frosting, because my next project may very well prove to be the most fantastic, least practical thing I’ve sewn since my Halloween costume. (Still wondering where I can wear that).

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