The ‘Turn’ skirt
It’s been a while since I posted a garment with a soundtrack, but this skirt definitely has one.
Why? First, the skirt is made for turning in, with the added bonus that doing that will make both the turner and the watcher dizzy.
Second, for everything there is a season, and in NZ, this is the season of freesias and peonies, of Labour weekend garden planting, new leaves and spring gales. It’s not the season for autumn tones or a fall palette. Sewing autumn colours would be depressing. So I wanted to find a way to combine a traditional autumn colour with a spring aesthetic, and this golden-orange & white diagonally striped canvas seemed just the thing.
I had plans to try to fake an ‘autumn’ photoshoot in spring NZ with yellow broom flowers, but the skirt ended up looking stupid with the few autumn toned tops in my closet, and perfect with this green sweater, the broom shots didn’t turn out well, and how could I miss the chance to play sleeping beauty in fields of spring flowers?
I feel the skirt will transitional well from spring to autumn: it’s long enough to preserve my modest in the worst of the spring gales, and thick enough to be worn with tights as the weather cools in autumn.
Except for the pattern matching, the skirt was a breeze to sew up: two full selvedge-to-selvedge widths of fabric, a waistband, pockets.
The pattern matching killed the easiness though. The fabric is just loosely woven enough that the stripes aren’t exactly even, so every.single.stripe had to be individually matched, basted, checked, adjusted, and then sewn. I’m tickled pink with the result though, even if the fullness of the skirt means that you loose the effect of the chevrons at the pockets. I’ve got just enough of the fabric left to do a pencil skirt, and I think I’ll repeat the exact same effect with it, and really capitalize on the pattern matching.
The best part about this skirt is the photoshoot. A friend and I spent an entire afternoon driving round the Miramar coast taking photos of it. We had a blast, and I ended up with 247 usable photos. I’ve tried to keep this down to the
10 11 best!
My favourite series:
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.5 metres of orange & white diagonally striped canvas
Year: 2012 does 1955
Notions: 1 vintage metal invisible zip, vintage thread in ‘saffron’, vintage bias binding & bias hem turning in ‘gold’, interfacing.
And the insides? bias bound pockets, bias-turned hems, and selvedge to selvedge construction = interior happiness
Hours: 7. Matching not-quite-even stripes is time consuming
First worn?: Sunday 21 October
Wear again?: Yep. This is going to be a spring to autumn standby
Make again?: Yes! Such an easy skirt to make up (except for the stripe matching), and so fun to wear.
Total cost: $0 – entirely from inherited stash
Let’s finish with another favourite photo. I’m standing in front of the old navy laundry, ‘washing that man right out of my hair’.