The “Foil Printed Tweed” Skirt
Fabric: 1 yard wool-blend gun check suiting, $6 and 1.25 yards Bemberg lining, $6, each from JoAnn’s
Pattern: Simplicity 2154, $1.99
Year: 2011 (1960′s retro pattern)
Notions: invisible zipper, $1 from Hancock, ~1 yard (tea-dyed) lace, from stash; 5 yards bias tape, from stash
Time to complete: ~2 days
First worn: Monday, to the State Capital building and dinner
Wear again? Yes!
Total cost: ~15
For this week’s challenege, I had originally selected a sundress from the “Make This Look” feature and intended to copy it exactly. However, last year I had something of an addiction to making sundresses so, with the “Down Under” theme scheduled for next week, I decided I really shouldn’t make two so early in the year.
Lucky for me, much of what I make is inspired by a piece I’ve seen elsewhere so, I had plenty of items in my queue from which to choose. (And after a bit of a burnout last week, I went with one of the easier ones.)
My inspiration for this skirt originially came from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Yes, everyone loves the long, black Givenchy from the opening but, I also really loved the polo/pencil skirt combo Holly wore to the bar – simple, understated, and classic.
Unable to find a match for the movie fabric, I searched retail websites and Pintrest for alternatives and saved dozens of pictures. Fabric is limited here but I was sure I could find a suitable likeness for one of them. I felt rather fortunate to stumble upon this 70% natural blend at JoAnn’s, which, with its subtle gold weave, rather resembled the Talbot’s Foil-printed Tweed Pencil Skirt (from a distance anyway). I didn’t hestitate in snatching up a yard.
When I started cutting it though, I realized I should have looked at it more closely. I’m fairly convinced JoAnn’s managed to sell me a plaid burlap! It’s loosely woven and frayed badly. It proved a bit difficult at first but, in being so, resulted in a more polished product, complete with lace-trimmed Bemberg lining, bound seams, and a taped/catch-stitched hem. I bet the original didn’t have all that! It’s all so neat and pretty that I’m really much more pleased with the skirt than I expected!
Did I mention it’s comfortable!? That certainly makes me a happy girl!