So following on from explanation of my inspirations last time which would have made a single post overlong, it’s time to see what I did with the skirt of many curved edges, that is the Meringue skirt.
This Meringue is such a pretty style that I wanted to mix it up a bit & use a masculine pin stripe with the very feminine hem detail. I’d bought some wonderful wool pinstripe, a very dark navy, from my local fabric shop last year. This fabric was a bit more expensive than my usual cheapness & I wanted to do it justice.
And do it justice I did (in terms of reworking bits that didn’t cut the mustard first time around.) Yes, I actually unpicked the finished waistband, replete with buttonhole & button sewn on to correct the hem & the waistband seam that slightly missed the straight edge of the pinstripe. But I am not expecting any praise for this, don’t get me wrong. It’s the kind of thing any decent sewster covers off every make. I am just usually lazy!
This was my first make using Barbarella. She is stellar. She is already saving my sewniverse. The fit on this skirt is perfect & it if it wasn’t for her I think I would have really struggled to get the lined hem right.
I plan to follow up this post with a post devoted to lining this skirt as I found it quite a challenge & think it deserves discussion. This post will be purely a show & tell. But Barbs, I LOVE YOU!!!! You are my valentine
Look, it’s got a satiny cerise lining – coo!! Do you like the vintage button?
It slightly peeks out at the hemline in a slightly flirty (tarty?!) way…
I wore it to a Senior Board meeting at work (in a supportive role, I am really not an important work person) & inside I trilled to think I was unconventionalising my pinstripes. The conversation might have been *very important & strategic* but I was wearing a secret bird of paradise.
And this is the waistband that I recast. I had to spend a lot of effort on the hem (more in the post to follow on lining this madam) which meant unpicking the waistband. Which was actually a good thing in my efforts to be a more perfect sewster, as you’ll see the waistband is sewn on the crosswise grain & the first time the stitching didn’t quite follow the pinstripe. It was obvious. It had to come out. How did I get it right this time??
Well, in a similar way to sewing piping I machine basted along the line of the pinstripe on the outside of the waistband piece with bright thread so that when I came to attach it to the skirt I followed the basting as my stitching line.
Now whilst I made this to wear to work, I do like the look with theMorrissey Tshirt. I reckon this could be dressed down with the right accessories & look kind of artsy. Shame I’m too old to wear such a tight fitting rock tshirt! (You’ll see I’m holding back on converting into pants! In deference I think to the Moz)
[Sidebar: Apologies for the pictures .... don't you find you get bored trying to get the self timer shots right? Sometimes one just has to entertain the cat. He was there, trying not to watch me. In fact, I think I was expending far more energy than he was. Such is a cat's life. You know, come in to a warm house, leave a massive dead rat in a secret place for days while the underfloor heating's on ..... we are not on good terms at the moment. Meow indeed. Sorry. Needed to sound off!]