Oh tweedy! I hope I have done you justice.
I asked my friends, from all corners of the globe how I could revere you in the manner you deserve. I listened to all my counsel & recognised that less is more: let the Tweed do the talking. Create a lifetime garment not subject to the whims of fashion, but to the tenants of classic style.
I resisted my more outrageous design temptations and instead reflected personality through accents of carefully chosen lining & notions, not flaunting other options tweed brings such as in your face ruffles, pleats or clever use of bias.
It’s all about simplicity (yes really – Simplicity 2154 hahaha) of design and the very best I can possible sew – using my TNT pencil skirt pattern.
Investing time, understanding the cloth (did you know that for Harris Tweed the right side shows when you hold it up to the light & the twill should run from left to right? – thank you to Natalie, who left me a comment).
Expending effort in ensuring fabulous check matching & placement. Cutting everything in single thickness & with attention to the sewing lines & how they would be fall in the tweed checked pattern.
Attention to detail:
Finding the colours in the tweed & matching the less obvious ones: orange lining & a purple zip.
Crochet lace on the lining hem.
Inserting the waistband three times to make sure front pattern matched & was the right way up (not that the right way up actually mattered at the end of the day since waistbands fold over, don’t they?! The fold over would have hidden evidence that it was the wrong way up- der!!)
5 star finishes:
- Bias finished seams.
- Waistband Vilene for a really crisp & non slouchy finish.
- Lapped zipper with checks in alignment
- The official Harris Tweed label.
- A mini but very lined vent (a la Fashionable Stitch method again)
This very special fabric was a gift from my dad. It is only right and fitting that he takes the blog photos. (Oh it’s so nice having a photographer !)
(My Tweed skirt is being worn with my Merino Coco – what a perfect match!)