The “Princes Street” Skirt
Fabric: Plaid wool from stash (from my infamous cellar boxes)
Pattern: Burdastyle Magazine 10/2011 #115
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: