The “Tribute” Skirt | Debi Fry
Fabric: 1 metre of wool/acrylic blend found in a charity shop, £3
Pattern: Simplicity 3196
Year: c. 1950's
Notions: black zipper from a charity shop, £.05
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes and Yes!
Total Cost: ~£3
This has to be my favourite challenge ever! I love tartan so much. In fact, I'm building my autumn/winter wardrobe around a few key tartans. Living in Scotland has a distinct advantage if you are a tartan lover! It's everywhere. I often find really lovely plaid fabrics in charity shops and I am super happy to get to use one of them this week. I found 3 metres of the very popular 'Royal Stewart' tartan in a wool and acrylic blend earlier in the year. I really love the colours on this tartan!
My inspiration for this week came from the from the 2006 Alexander McQueen ready-to-wear collection. You can view the video for that runway collection directly from the Alexander McQueen website (I absolutely LOVED his runway shows–so innovative!) I was particular inspired by the high-waisted tartan skirt (bottom right) and especially the full skirt with the tartan mimicking the formal kilts that have the shoulder sash!
I revisited Simplicity 3196–because it's such a great classic skirt pattern. I was inspired by McQueen's unfinished edges on the full skirt. So I used the selvedge for the bottom of the skirt. It's a little less pronounced since it's not 100% wool but it does have a nice fringe effect going on (plus–I didn't have to hem it!! YAY!). In order to make sure the skirt was even all around, I had to adjust it during the cutting out process (I made sure to line up the tartan stripes such that it hung 1/2 inch longer in the back) by adding the extra length at the top and using the waistband to cover up the difference.
I also made the waistband higher so that I could accommodate larger belts (again inspired by McQueen's collection). I borrowed one of David's great belts with a neat celtic inspired belt buckle.
I used an extra piece of fabric from selvedge to selvedge to create the shoulder sash. I borrowed the idea of wrapping it around my neck and I fastened it with another celtic inspired brooch at the neck and then loosly tied it under the belt! I really love how it looks–a sort of modern twist on a traditional Scottish look.
Yay for tartan!! I plan to make a lot more with this specific tartan (I've found this exact fabric in both of my local fabric shops!) Speaking of tartan, I've a got a tartan related giveaway going on my blog in honour of the 'mad for plaid' week!