Bonjour mes petits croissants! C’est fini, la jupe-culotte avec les grands boutons cerises!
Sorry, I panicked there. Here are some beautiful models wearing Edwardian ‘jupes-culottes’
This skirt, from Reconstructing History, [#951] is VOLUMINOUS. I don’t think it would be possible to tell that it’s not a skirt even if I did the splits in it. Not that I can. I could have left it in its insanely pink African print glory, without recourse to the detachable front panel, but that would have been too easy. Sigh.
Of course, the crazy pink buttons I snaffled on eBay are pretty big [just over an inch] because small shocking pink buttons would not have been able to hold their own against the enormous key print on this fabric.
So of course, the next problem was that the Singer buttonholer only makes buttons UP TO 1″ long. The manual does give sketchy instructions on how to make longer buttonholes though- basically you have to start the buttonhole partway along the length, sew round to the other side and stop level with the start, needle down. You then carefully hold the fabric still, wind the gadget through to almost another full rotation, and carry on.
This took about twenty practice buttonholes before I got the method right. Amazingly, the bobbin didn’t run out, but I did have two messes, one bobbin thread jam and there are two buttonholes that would not pass any inspection but I lost the will to redo them.
18 buttons, 1 waist hook and bar, a couple of snaps on the placket, and two very long hems. I was going to sew the hems with crin inserted, [because I had some leftover and thought that it would look more fun with a slightly stiffened hem]…but there wasn’t QUITE enough [about 2″ short, quite annoying. I bound the hem with some of that ubiquitous pink bias lawn.
I decided it didn’t feel snug enough [no hips, remember?] so I zigzagged a bit of elastic onto the inside of the back waistband. Sloppy, but shoot me.
I may go completely colour blind and pair these with my green moleskin riding jacket, or just a white shirt and cropped jacket.
What do you think? Crazy, n’est-ce-pas?http://imgur.com/SO4eIUc