The “Mrs Peacock” Skirt | Debi Fry
Fabric: 1 metre of wool from the Spean Bridge Woolen Mill found in a charity shop, £4
Pattern: Simplicity 3196
Year: c. 1950's
Notions: black zipper from a charity shop, £.05
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes and Yes!
Total Cost: ~£4
I was very indecisive about this challenge. I have lots of fun fabric in my stash! Mostly gift fabrics and charity shop finds. This week, however, it really came down to thinking about my autumn wardrobe and wearable mix-and-match pieces. That's when I pulled out this amazing charity shop find for Scottish 'tweed' with enough fabric for a skirt:
It's 100% wool from the Spean Bridge Woolen Mill which was near Fort William area in the highlands of Scotland. While researching the history of the mill, I was devastated to learn it was destroyed in a fire in 2009. It does seem, however that it has been revitalised and taken over by the Edinburgh Woolen Mill? I'm not sure as it's hard to find information–but it's amazing to think about the history of this woolen mill in this decade alone!
So you can imagine my delight when I came across this wool in a charity shop in Dunfermline, Scotland. I've never seen such a bright tweed fabric with all my favourite colours. So I've been holding onto it for just the right moment! With my Pendrell blouse last week in a lovely teal colour, it seemed the perfect pairing.
I had a pattern for a 1950's style pencil skirt in my stash:
I made view 1 with the higher waist and the belt loops. I really love this skirt pattern! It was very easy to put together (only three main pieces). The pattern was missing the waistband so I just improvised and made it approx. 1.5 inches high and closed it on the side with a hook and eye.
I did a hand picked zipper:
I think the pattern is perfect for this fabric as the front is just one piece cut on the fold. The back is two pieces:
I ended up unpicking the back seam once because it didn't line up exactly. When I sewed it again (super slow) and it still didn't match up perfectly, I just left it! It doesn't bother me at all. Plus, David who is the perfectionist in the family, didn't even notice so I think it's fine that the pattern doesn't match perfectly across the back seam.
We finally had a nice sunny day after lots of rain last week.
We took these pictures in a local park in Edinburgh that has this neat stately house. I've named this blouse after Mrs Peacock from the movie/game Clue (or Cluedo in the UK) after Lisette suggested it for the Pendrell blouse. I LOVE it! This house fits the bill perfectly too. A good place for a mystery! Or a dinner party at least :)