Monday, September 27, 2021

The skirt reveal

The skirt, except for pockets which I'll add as soon as I design and make them, is done. Plenty of fabric left to experiment with.

Measuring before I cut at the hem

 
Here the hem is only pinned which is why it looks a bit wobbly, testing for length.


Here's the finished, properly hemmed skirt. 

Very pleased with it and it might get an outing today, weather not too cool. I like how the two tier gathering makes the waist less bunchy, and makes the skirt drape well.

Speaking of the stories we wear! This one is a declaration of independence in a way. From other designers, paper patterns, machines, mass fabric marketers. Firecracker Fabrics, the source,  is pretty small, a family affair, in fact they're not shipping at the moment, family issues. 

I'm not saying anyone else has to do this. It's my choice, personal design, hand sewing,no electric machinery,  great pleasure in feeling the process literally in my hands.  

It's also a tiny blow against fast fashion and how it enslaves people in sweatshops on the other side of the planet. We're all connected.

Not  wanting to get too solemn about this, because it's also fun to please myself and show my friends what I'm doing!

 

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    1. Thank you. I now have one summer skirt, one wool winter skirt.

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  2. Beautiful skirt. Sewing clothes is a rewarding way to invest one's energy.
    I think this winter, skirts over leggings will be a nice way of feeling fancy and warm at the same time.

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  3. I do like your skirt! Haute couture, by hand, as I believe it is done.

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    1. Thank you! Hand stitching is the tradition, yes.

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  4. Very nice skirt! You've done a wonderful job with the fitting too - something I sadly lack the skills to do.

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    1. Thank you. This is pretty relaxed fitting.

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  5. Catching up and reading through many interesting posts, I had to stop and comment on this one! Thinking the fabric was cheerful and the color lovely, I am happy to see such a pretty skirt made of it. I hope you enjoy wearing it!

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    1. Thank you. One thing you can't see in the pictures is how silky it feels, just lovely.

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