Clocking Off: Peplum Skirt #5

45 thoughts on “Clocking Off: Peplum Skirt #5”

  1. I like it a lot, actually. I’m sorry to hear the pattern gave you trouble, though. The shape is very flattering, especially with the ginormous belt! I’m a sucker for peplums.

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  2. Wow. It’s amazing DF. Looks fab and great with that blouse and the hat. Dare I suggest that you should make another one or will you never touch that pattern again?

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    1. Never, ever again. I mean, it’s a pretty distinctive style isn’t it? It looked horrible with the first 2 blouses, and needed that steampunk belt to look OK. I quite like these pics, but I’m binning the patterns!

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  3. love the parasol, the hat, the attitude and the gorgeous blooms – the other stuff…soz…not so much but I love the determination to make it work despite the extra work needed. I give up much quicker and with much easier projects.

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  4. I love it! I’ve read all your trials and tribulations along the way, so I know there have been a lot… but I really do like it. The peplums (?) hang lovely, and the silhouette from the back is beautiful! I have never tried on a peplum skirt, but you’ve actually inspired me to try one now!

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    1. You have the waist for it- I have to be harnessed up and compressed lol. As long as I don’t try to take long steps, I like it, but it really is the original ‘wiggle’ skirt- actually called a hobble skirt. Only used like this in bondage gear now I think!

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  5. Well after all the strife and heartache you have a fabulous wearable ensemble. I think you look amazing and I would have thought that you are quite tall. It’s been a steep learning curve with a great outcome and you can take that forward to you future makes. Nice flowers too.

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  6. I LOVE this outfit. I know it’s been a pain. But you look very pretty and spring like in these light colours. The hat is beautiful and the shape is very nice indeed. A big hit from me. Well done. And the number of times I have made waist bands too big or too small – why? I probably get it right once in three or four goes. I have actually gone off waist bands actually.

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  7. Oh, my dear…you are stunning! This works really well, and I’m happy you managed to get a wearable ensemble out of not only one but two meh projects. You look wonderful. And so does your garden.
    Happy you got a refund too, it’s only fair!

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  8. As a fellow Steampunk, I heartily approve! Pray tell, where did you get that wonderful fabric? I’m not sure I’m keen to try the pattern, but I like the shapes you achieved. Your parasol is to die for, and your poppy, clematis, and iris are lovely as well.

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    1. Thank you! The fabric is from Dunelm Mill, £10/m, so not cheap, which is why I didn’t want to waste it. Most steampunks stick to mid-to-late Victorian styles, I like late-into-Edwardian, just to be different! It isn’t to everyone’s taste, but at least it’s unusual lol. The parasol was an antique, bought from eBay and refurbished with the original lace, and leftover silk from my wife’s wedding dress. All blogged here if you want to peep.

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  9. It looks fab, well done you! I’m a bit of a quitter, I like your persistence. It surprises me therefore that your chucking the pattern, after all that faffing? It could be worth doing again, you could get a completely different looking outfit and it’s a great silhouette for you.

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    1. I think the skirt pattern is too distinct, and the draft as it stands is rubbish. I’ve found the original instructions, and may [possibly] draft up the variation, but I don’t like straight up duplicates in steampunk- people remember lol

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  10. I love love love the shape but I agree the colour’s not quite right for you. Could you dye it? Still, I’m so impressed you made it work despite all the problems. You are one determined lady!

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    1. I think I still need to make the perfect blouse to go with this skirt- the shape of this one is fine, but the colour is lacking. I knew the skirt colour is not me when I bought it, but it screamed at me and I had to go back for it… Perhaps a darker blouse, although the black did not work. I’ll experiment.

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  11. I really like your blouse, especially the buttons down the back and the scissor fabric. I think it goes well with the skirt. The skirt is great, but it’s sad you had so much trouble with it as to dislike it now. I hope hanging it in a cupboard for a while will help you forget somewhat, as the style really suits you.

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  12. Wow! What an ensemble! The belt is a fantastic touch!

    I can’t believe how much patience you have to work and re-work your pieces. It all worked out in the end, so well done, you!

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  13. Looks great! Good on you for persevering despite the pattern drafting mistakes. I think I’d have given up long ago. Also, it’s good to see someone call out an indie designer for their mistakes. Too often people don’t have the courage, which means the rest of us have to suffer making awfully drafted garments…

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    1. I’m on a bit of a mission about that after these experiences. People have asked if I should say anything as it will affect their business- it should! In any other field no one would hesitate to give a negative review. In fact, I think I need to write a piece about it…

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      1. My very first experience with an indie pattern, several years ago, almost put me off for good. It was the Eliza M Gypsy Rose top. Only came in one size, and was drafted too small so I could barely get it on. Also, there was something missing in the instructions for finishing under the arms. Really poor. I hope they’ve got better at making patterns, but I’m not chancing them again.

        I gave a negative review on my blog a few months back for a Sew So Easy pattern that had drafting issues. It doesn’t seem to have destroyed their business so far… 😛

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      2. It’s important- I had a conversation with them before publishing this, and strongly urged them to pay attention to all their negative press, and to start some quality control. No idea of they will, but I won’t buy more unless I hear that they have.

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  14. Despite all the arse ache this gave you it looks very good. Full marks for persistence – both finishing the skirt and getting that refund 😀

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  15. I really like the skirt a lot, very unique and graceful. And the pattern mix, unified maybe by the mechanical drawing theme of each print? What about the suggestion above to dye – maybe blush pink for each to unify the duo? AND it would tone in with your lovely parasol? I second the motion to hold off on ditching the skirt pattern, I can imagine a fun version in a solid, or a stripe, or…..Maybe it just needs a time out?

    ceci

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    1. Well, I think there are only so many hobble skirts a wardrobe can take- and I haven’t yet worn the Burda grey & pink dress I made some months back. We’ll see, there is a similar skirt with a rather elegant front drape that I fancy.
      I’m not convinced by the idea of dyeing them, but I’ve started to look at various options for a top to go with the skirt. Watch this space!

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  16. I adore this skirt. A complete bugger about the pattern but you have really pulled it off. The shape is absolutely lovely and I like that blouse a lot. The belt really sets it off. I love Edwardian style too. Much more practical for adventures. Xx

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  17. This outfit is beautiful. No one else is going to see any of the mistakes or those inventive things you did to correct them. All they are going to see is that lovely outfit. I always did love that clock fabric and I’m glad you could make it work and pair it with something. And I am sooo glad that they gave you a refund!!!!

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