The “Princes Street” Skirt

The Facts 
Fabric: Plaid wool from stash (from my infamous cellar boxes)
Pattern: Burdastyle Magazine 10/2011 #115
Year: 2010
Notions: zipper, button
Time to complete:  About 3 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes, next fall

Total Cost: nada!

I haven’t travelled much in my life. My parents never liked travelling and since I’m still a student, i can’t really afford to go anywhere for the moment. But studying foreign languages during high school was a great excuse to visit foreign countries, so in my last three years of school I managed to see a bit of France, Great Britain and Germany.

We had a mothertongue teacher for each of the three languages we studied and my English teacher was an adorable Scottish woman called Maggie. So, in 2005 I had the best school trip to her hometown, Edinburgh. It was love at first sight!

The city has this mysterious feeling about it, with its graveyards, the gorgeous castle and all of its history, but there’s so much beauty everywhere! I also loved how relaxed and down to earth people were; yes, it took me a few day to get used to the Scottish accent, but I ended up adoring that as well. I really hope I’ll be able to return sooner or later, and walk up and down Princes Street once again!

Now, about my skirt. The plaid/ tartan wool was a pretty obvious choice, but this fabric came to my mind as soon as I saw this theme. It’s very simple tulip skirt, with some gathering at the waist; the waistband is cut on the bias and has interfacing.

I wanted to use an old map of Edinburgh I still had from my trip as a prop for these photos, but turns out someone must have thrown it away, since it’s nowhere to be found. It also turns out about half the photos I took were damaged while being copied on my Macbook, so I had very few snaps to choose from. In return, enjoy a silly photo from my 2005 trip:

 

Author

Paunnet

Paunnet is actually Anna, an Italian girl who thinks that sewing is the best thing in the world. In 2011, she started a blog to document her sewing adventures.

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  1. The plaid you used is gorgeous, and I love that you’ve paired it with a black top – it lets the skirt shine! The cut and style are perfect – very well done!

    • Thank you, Meg! I really wanted the skirt to be the focus of the outfit and I really prefer how it looks with simple pieces.

  2. Very cute skirt! Enjoyed your write up as well. Sounds like you’ll be traveling a lot in your future, knowing all those languages.

    • Thanks! I’m actually studying to become a translator, so the travelling is not really part of the job. But I hope I’ll be able to afford some vacations! :)

  3. Paunnet I love your skirt and the fabric even more, I especially like the bias cut on the waistband. Love your photo’s you are so photogenic.

    • Thanks, Kazz!
      I must say taking photos of myself for the blog taught me a lot on what to avoid in front of the camera, because especially in the first photoshoots there were always so many awkward expressions and angles!

  4. Great photos & striking skirt. I really like your style :)

  5. Love the skirt! I live in Manchester and go to Edinburgh whenever I can, it’s one of the most amazing places in the world – at least for me!

  6. I love that mix of colours in your tartan. Its so pretty. And I love the tulip shape to your skirt. I was born in Edinburgh and it has a special place in my heart because going there meant a visit with my grandparents who spoiled me rotten :)I love its architecture….and folklore.

  7. P.s. love you lipstick colour too!

    • I love the architecture as well. And I wish I’ll able to see the Festival sooner or later! I’ve heard so much about it! It must have been awesome to have grandparents there!
      I’m really into bright lipsticks lately, they attract some weird looks but I like how they look!

  8. Oh ho ho, I am so in love with this skirt (and your whole look/styling of it) that I actually said “Wowzers!” out loud when I opened the link. Very well done!

  9. Fabulous nod to Scotland! I absolutely adore your skirt! And that last photo is so much fun!!!

  10. Someday I’ll get to Edinburgh. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through your skirt. The colors are fantastic, as is the shape! I’m so on the fence about that skirt on my shape (front gathers might be a bad idea). You look spectacular.