A peacock Ginger skirt

At last, the light is better & I can take better pictures.  It’s almost as if weather conspired against Me Made May to scupper all thoughts of summer dresses & sunny photo opps.  Oh well.  Anyway, this is just a quick one – both blog post, & make!

I’d mentioned in my last post that I had a bit of a sewing fever (when I actually managed to find time to sew that is), but my sewing fever was fuelled by a need to fill some wardrobe gaps left by my summer clothes not fitting anymore.  Enter Colette Patterns Ginger skirt.  Now anyone who’s sewn this skirt knows it’s a quick make, especially unlined.

With a high sewing temperature I struck, easing my fevered brow by thoughts of a new skirt that would actually fit me & would mean no gaping waistbands as I sit down, no chance of someone taller than me (& let’s face it, there are plenty of people taller than me – the majority of adults & teens over the age of 14 I’d suggest) being able to see my knickers just by looking down the front of my skirt as I stood there.

I’d bought some deeelish peacock feathered cotton in Birmingham at the Fancy Silk store last year.  I’d only bought a metre and a half, & hadn’t any designs on it except having designs on it to be taken home with me.  I love peacock colours, just love them.  This fabric came in different backgrounds & I opted for the turquoise one….

Colette Ginger skirtSo, as I said, I was in a sewing fever & quickly cut out the Colette Ginger pieces, identifying which would be the correct size for me now.  It’s been a while since I’ve sewn this skirt & I’d forgotten that it is not *just* an A line skirt.  This skirt has no darts but is shaped with a slight curve from hip to waist.  Its hem is also shaped so that it has the wisp of a bell effect.  Now I could have cut it so that the front was all one piece, but then, as I said, the centre front seam curves slightly over your belly area, thus making it not a straight line to hug the folded fabric.  I cut it in two pieces & made the seam.

Colette Ginger skirtSorry for the creases, it has been sat around in when these pics were taken.  Anyway,  not sure if you can see there, I undertook absolutely no pattern matching.  I thought about how the rows of feathers lined up when I cut, but that was it.  I retro thought how to compensate for a clumsy and dodgy centre front seam, right obviously through all those glorious feathers.  Edge stitching!  Ta na!  It made it a little more casual, but deliberately so.  It meant that I also needed to edge stitch the waistband once that was all attached & sewn down, to match.

Colette Ginger skirt

I also failed again to find an invisible zip in my stash, therefore sewed a lapped zipper.  Now, I didn’t think this through properly, but did manage to recover my mistake.  Lapped zippers require extra length in the back waistband to pop behind the lapped edge.  Somehow I eeked out enough with what I’d cut, sewing thin seams & taking a bit extra in at the waist.  It’s fine.  Not worth a pic.

Colette Ginger skirtAh, but this was!  The clematis attacked!  So jealous was it of my peacock’s vibrant colours taking the attention away from its glory …

Colette Ginger skirt

So this is the skirt at the end of the day.  I am so happy not to be wearing a grey cardigan!  It’s been great to get my legs out too.  It was work appropriate- score!  And I fashioned my necklace in its honour…

Locket with peacock featherThis is a silver / glass locket.  You can fill it with what you want & over the years it’s had glitter inside, strands of vivid silk threads (sounds more effective than it actually was) & for the last 10 years or so, a pressed daisy.  To bring it more into keeping with my current needs I recovered a single peacock feather earring (the other had long been lost on a night out, in days when my hair was longer & such danglies were more in keeping with my rats tails of a hairstyle).  Quickly trimming off the excess I’d refashioned my locket into a glowing eye of colour.  I think it’ll get lots more wear now! As will this skirt.  Oh, it feels good to be in turquoise again, it means *those* shoes come out to play! 🙂

35 thoughts on “A peacock Ginger skirt

  1. Lynne

    I, too, love peacock feathers, so I want peacock feather fabric right now! I love your skirt, it looks fab, and the locket is beautiful. Happy wearing!

  2. Debbie

    Oooh, lovely skirt – such great colours. Oddly my son has a friend aged 11 who has a peacock phobia and “freaks out” (T’s words) at pictures of peacock feathers. When they studied India last year in school all peacock images had to be hidden from him or covered up! Obviously I won’t show him your lovely skirt. 🙂

  3. Karen

    Winnie! Love that skirt; what a color, huh? But I have to agree with you, *those* shoes! Heavy-duty coveting happening on this side of the pond. Where do you get time to do all that sewing!? You must be super-efficient.

      1. LinB

        Oh! I didn’t know peacock feathers were bad luck! What I’d like to close my ears to is their dreadful shrieking caws as they court each other. There’s a public park not terribly many miles from my house. On summer evenings, the air is split by calling peacocks, which calls carry clearly for the 2-3 miles from the flock’s home to my house. I also know a woman whose lawns have been invaded by a flock of gone-to-wild chickens that someone dumped on her country road. The flock is heavy on roosters. They crow madly when you drive up to her house, and attack your ankles as you scurry from your car. They also dive-bomb approaching cars on her street. Birds. They’re just flying dinosaurs.

  4. CGCouture

    I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to look bad in peacock shades, but that could just be because I’m a bit obsessed with those colors. 😉 This skirt looks great on you, may it (and the shoes) get lots of wear! 🙂

  5. Marie

    Oh, what a beautiful skirt…so glad you got around to using up this glorious fabric! And, the clematis photo made me laugh out loud Winnie!!!

  6. Barb

    This outfit has put a lovely smile on your face so it’s a definite winner (Winnie-er???) Gorgeous fabric, beautiful colours, fab shoes and amazing necklace – what’s not to like?? x

  7. Shelly

    A simple skirt is such a great way to show off a fun fabric and yours does just that…and that necklace – fab idea!! Oh, how I love those peacock colours too 🙂

  8. Kacie

    Oooohhh I love it! Peacock feathers are the best – blue, turquoise, green – perfection. The skirt fits you like a dream and I just can’t get over how beautiful that fabric is.

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  10. missjoiedevivre

    I love peacock colours and this fabric would have had me oohing and aahing over it as well. And it’s come out fabulously, I’m so impressed! Beautiful!

    And that locket… just gorgeous. Now I want to find one!


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