Take my temperature people, I mustn’t be feeling myself because here comes another skirt.
I am so happy with how this skirt came together. I had a dream, and it was realised.
In the #gfh16 I scored about 6 metres of royal blue corduroy. Quite narrow, but a large quantity. Then I had a hankering for a real 70s A-line skirt, tea length, and initially I was imagining it in denim but then the cord decided to stake its claim.
I hacked together two patterns for this wee number. New Look 6014 which is button through skirt pattern that my mum made up for my sister a long time ago – it still has her alterations written on the pattern envelope – and Style 4011 which is a vintage proper 70s A-line skirt. This was my mum’s when she was a saucy hippie girl, it was subsequently used for a number of skirts for my sisters and me, and has now found its way into my permanent pattern collection.
I took the main construction details from the New Look, but used the perfect shape of the A-line from the Style pattern for the shape. According to my measurements I was a 16 in the New Look pattern, which for a person that wears RTW 12 was a bit strange. So I adjusted the fit as I went and ended up taking in a bit at the sideseams above the hips before attaching the waistband. And I made a good, solid, tight waistband (despite my crippling fear of tight waists) and I am so happy with the resulting fit. My next pair of pants will certainly benefit!
With such narrow fabric, I had the genius idea of folding the fabric back on itself to cut my front pieces. Anyone see the impending doom approaching??!!
Not to worry, there was lots of this fabric. So I cut another front panel piece with the nap going in the right direction – and then realised I had cut the same piece I already had, two left hand front panels! There was some swearing, I’m not going to lie. Thankfully I could salvage a back panel from the extra front panel, then I slowed the whole process down and put the triple check in play before picking up the scissors.
I am totally in love with this skirt and have worn it all weekend. I’m looking forward to wearing it with chunky heeled sandals and my white Lottie as well as seeing what other possibilities I can come up with.
Because I am so enjoying the Slotober provocations, I will be adding details of other outfit elements in my regular posts for the next while at least.
- Sneakers, made locally by Commando M
- Belt, found on my mother-in-law’s old farm. It used to be a stud farm and this belt was found in an old shed. It has horses and rope tooled into it
- Striped T, by ethical clothing company Kowtow
- Scarf, my grandmothers
- Denim jacket, second hand
- Sunglasses, made by my friend Coral Mazlin Designs