Tweedy

Oh tweedy!  I hope I have done you justice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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:

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Finding the colours in the tweed & matching the less obvious ones: orange lining & a purple zip.

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Crochet lace on the lining hem.

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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!!)

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5 star finishes:

  • Bias finished seams.

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  • Waistband Vilene for a really crisp & non slouchy finish.
  • Lapped zipper with checks in alignment

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  • The official Harris Tweed label.

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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 !)

tweedy A humungous “Thank you ” BG!

(My Tweed skirt is being worn with my Merino Coco – what a perfect match!)

45 thoughts on “Tweedy

  1. Echo @french_seams

    Oh, your skirt is just gorgeous. You have really done that beautiful Harris tweed justice.

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  2. Jana

    Excellent choice on the pencil skirt! It looks great on you—and, most importantly, elegant and timeless!

    You actually already convinced me of the pattern last time you made it and I ordered it and made up a toile, but I think that I might want to go up a size and make another toile before I decide which one to tweak. Sadly, nothing ever fits me out of the envelope, so it will be some work to get it to look as good on me as it does on you.

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  3. Jen (stitchynotions)

    Turned out beautiful. All your details really make it special, the lace on the lining, very precise pattern matching, perfect zip and finished seams. A classic for sure and the colours are lovely. I’m sure your dad approves.

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  4. Barbedwords

    Wow, I love it! I’ve seen enough episodes of ‘GBSB’ to be able to admire the neat seams and fantastic pattern matching. The orange lining is gorgeous. Like you say, it’s a classic style and will never date. You get my prize for Garment of the Week 🙂

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  5. Elle

    Truly, truly gorgeous! What a beautiful and well-constructed garment! The bright print feels very true to you, but the simple design allows the focus to be on the gorgeous fabric. I’m sure your dad was tickled to see the final product! Five stars.

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  6. Eliza -sew-Little

    What a beautiful skirt. I love all the details. That’s what I love about your sewing: you challenge my thinking. A Purple zip ,orange lining on a blue skirt is genius. Thank you. I’ll be rethinking some of my future projects now.

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  7. Lady Stitcher

    Gorgeous skirt! I think you made the right decision to sew a classic skirt using this fabulous tweed, and you’re going to get so much wear out if it. (And it looks great with that Coco too!)

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thank you! I was prepared to fork out loads of money for the lining but was limited by what my local shop had to show me – & so it is just a bog standard acetate(??) I think.

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  8. Marilla

    Gorgeous, I love your attention to detail on this and will definitely nab that idea for a crochet edged lining. I hope you enjoy wearing it! X

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  9. Kerry

    What a perfect use of the fabric, this skirt really lets it shine. You’ve really done it justice with all your careful finishing techniques too.

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  10. Rachel

    So love it! A fabulous fabric really shines in a simple pencil skirt like that. 🙂 also, bias tape finished seams are lovely! That’s a technique I want to learn this year.

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  11. Vicki Kate

    She is beautiful in her simplicity. You’ve done a fabulous job in letting the fabric shine and I love that you’ve picked out the more subtle colours in the lining and zip. You’ve made her so carefully I hope she’s with you for years.

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  12. Pat

    You nailed it! Having made a plaid shirt for my son, I know matching plaids is not a quick thing. I’m really impressed.

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  13. Joy

    Yay, you were a smart lady to make this up so quickly. Now, it’ll be a garment in your closet instead of precious fabric aging in your stash.

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  14. Tammy

    This is a timeless classic. With your careful finishes and attention to detail, you can wear this skirt until it wears out. The Wardrobe Architect will be proud. (You have been following Coletterie’s Wardrobe Architect series like the rest of us??)

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  15. scruffybadgertime Post author

    Oh my gosh, everyone you are so lovely- thank you for each & every comment appreciating Tweedy. I know my Dad has been reading too & I’m sure has got plenty of warm fuzzies!!
    THANK YOU – it’s great to feel I made the right choice & thank you for indulging me 🙂

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  17. Tamsin W-P

    I though I had left a comment the other day, but I sometimes find that my mobile devices don’t like to actually leave the comment I have spent ages typing!. I think this is amazing – you have certianly done the fabric and your dad’s choice justice! I love that you have diferent colour lining and zipand your strip matching is fab. Something to be proud of!

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  18. Amanda

    Holy monkey hats, Winnie! This is freaking fierce! You look sassy and fabulous and tweedy all at once! And Simplicity 2154 is the best skirt pattern – EVER. Look at you and your sassy fabric go!

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  19. Clare

    How did you train your Dad to choose such gorgeous fabric? I am in awe – what perfect colours. Have you any scraps left? It would make scrumptious buttons xxx

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  20. Clare

    PS – was marvelling so much at the fabric I forgot to commend you on your handiwork! An exquisite piece that will last a lifetime!!! Fab job done xxxx

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  21. Christine

    Absolutely beautiful outfit! The colours are to die for and the finishing touches on the skirt are exquisite! You’ve done Harris Tweed and your dad proud!

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  22. MrsC

    It is utterly beautiful. Like you! And I hope that when you wear this gorgeous outfit, it makes you smile that you’re wearing two fabrics gifted with love! xo But I also hope it wil be too warm soon to wear it! Winter has set in down under, just i time for WIll and Kate’s visit!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oh you are so kind 🙂
      Yes, I am struggling to commit to wool now that spring seems to be springing here ….but at least I got a few wears in & managed to show my dad – this year & not next!

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  23. acharmofmagpies

    Wow. Just wow. The workmanship you’ve invested in this is marvelous (and puts the skirt I’ve been working on this weekend to shame). The colours are fantastic and the fit is divine and I love the orange lining and purple zip too. Everything is just perfect!

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