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'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!