I’ve finally had a letter saying the redundancy threat is lifted. It arrived before we went on our day out on Saturday, so I delayed opening it in case it spoiled the day…phew!
We had a lovely, sunshiney, blue skies day out at Goodrich castle and Symonds Yat. Cream tea, pub lunch, a stroll by the river and a very very steep dark climb up a spiral staircase. Beautiful views, and lots of blues and greens…
I rather like my entirely me-made outfit [bag included].
So, home, and onto the StyleArc ‘Etta’ skirt. [Now you see the reason for the video!]
This is in a fine wool suiting which I snagged a couple of years ago at the Fancy Silk Store, on the first sewing meet that I ever organised. The lovely Glenda [later my bridesmaid] turned out to be a top-notch enabler, and we whittled one another’s bank balances away ith great merriment. The lovely aqua/peacock green wool turned out to be a perfect match for my ‘Hera’ peacock-print Tana lawn, already in stash, and I whizzed up an outfit in my inimitable impulsive way.
What was I thinking? Neither was ever worn, you’ll be pleased to know. The blouse felt fixable, and eventually I cut the sleeves short, and managed to do something about the weird gathered mess of the front…this had resulted from my rather ham fisted attempt to just lengthen the body. er no. The skirt was from Vogue 2813 [yes the one I used for the lovely parrot shirt].Now if I was the type to EVER think to consult pattern review before hacking onwards, I’d have been a bit more wary. I only ever remeber to look if something goes wrong. Doh. Of course, in usual Vogue way, you can’t make out any of the style lines of this intriguing skirt. Just Look at that gorgeousness! Now, bear in mind, I’m well aware that I don’t suit A-line skirts, and also my topstitching is..er..creative in its irregularity. Nah, I just went for it. PR tells me [now] that this skirt is very very hard to fit, because you have to fully commit to the stitching before you can try it on. There are no shortening lines, or places to sensibly take it in other than CB. Those back waist dart are made by facing a sort of U shape, laying an interfaced piece of fabric underneath, and edge and top sticthing it into place. The back pieces are joined to the front along those long, sharply angled edges in the same way- faced, underlaid, and then stitched down. I used fusible. Er, yes I did. I pressed a lot [had to, to get the sharp edges]. The interfacing bubbled, the fabric stretched and bagged, and I ended up with a stiff, warped, wonkily stitched mess. Which also looked ugly on my shape. So it lay in a crate for a couple of years, along with the extra yardage, until I could bear to tackle all that unpicking. [Waste not want not] The unpicking got done not too long before we last moved [18 months ago] and back into the crate it went.
Until Etta met my eye…much more my shape [I used to have several skirts in simlar style to this which got worn til they died, or I got too stout.] And just look at the colour match with the newest Tana lawn! A match made in heaven. Construction is pretty straightforward, although I should remember that I prefer wider seam allowances on wovens than StyleArc favour. I had to do some thinking about inside finishing, as StyleArc…er…don’t.
They just say to ‘narrow hem’ the flounces, and blindhem the front and back after it’s all joined up. I bound both, just to keep it all looking nice and tidy. The top seam of the flounce is covered by the lining [just] but the lining does not come down to the bottom, so there’s a bit of side seam left uncovered. This wool frays like hell, so even the bits covered by lining have been zigzagged. Everything exposed has a HongKong finish. Waistfacing is in lawn, and silk organza underlining. The lining is pale blue silk/cotton lawn.
This is a StyleArc size 16, which in my initial measuring came up 2″ too small for my big belly… so I added that in at the CF, placing it 1″ from the fold. Once I got it sewn together, I had to take it back out again, trimming the front panel back to size, and then taking a bit MORE out at side seams and tapering the hips a bit, which is not unusual, being flat sided! Lots of steam, loads of hand sewing- I decided to catch a lot of the bound seam allowances down for neatness. I may do some internal catch stitching to keep the lining tidily in place. What do you think?
Anyway, even if you decree it needs to come in a tad more, I’m thinking that it’s MUCH better than the original horror, and this will actually get worn. I love the colour, and doesn’t it all co-ordinate well? I feel very summery, despite the deluge.