So in my last post about a certain investment purchase in Liberty jersey I was telling you how I was coming around to the idea of actually spending a little more for fabrics that have that wow factor. That conclusion has been reaffirmed by this skirt I am about to show you, although, full disclaimer, I was lucky enough to be given a choice of fabric to review from Fancy Moon, so no purchase necessary (for now but I WILL be back!)
The trouble with trying to single out a fabric at Fancy Moon is that there are too many gorgeous fabrics! I had fabric-mania – my shortlist of fabric to die for was getting ever longer as I perused the categories. Helpful hint – try not to look through the whole stock but decide upon what themes you want – I took a breath & focused on florals and Asia and Far East.
So after far too long looking at fabric treats I chose Peacocks- Black Oriental fabric by Elizabeth Studio. After making my last Miette skirt, I knew that it is the perfect pattern to showcase a beautiful print – with an amount of flare but no gathers, the design details would be allowed to sing in full feminine chorus.
Some thought went into how to optimise the fabric with the Miette pattern. And I have to say that with such a bold print as this, even the cute bow details of the Miette are cast into second place – the fabric really does hog the limelight! Which is why it was more about the shape of the Miette for me, not the usual Miette details. I omitted the big front pocket, but as this fabric is cotton, crisp enough to hold the flared shape, but eminently soft enough to make an awesome front bow without being ridiculous, that was my priority- a pocketless bow tied Miette. I cut the front piece on the fold (overlapping the centre front by 1.5cm to eliminate the seam allowances). That was all the change that was needed. Everything else was sewn following the instructions & came together really quickly.
Now, you need to know that I have heard amongst Miette makers, that there is a certain degree of trauma/ tedium associated with turning the mega ties that make the bow- they are *rather long*! Have no fear, you do not need to suffer any longer! I found a usefully quick & painless way to turn the ties using my handy unpicker (but any similar implement would do) .
This is such an old unpicker, I had it in my first sewing kit as a child. I use it less for unpicking, and more as a point turner- the end is really useful! Anyway, it’s perfect for this- it’s a bit shorter than a pen- maybe a pen would do (as long as the lid stays on- you don’t want any leakages!). So I put the “implement” into the sewn end of the tie & push it through, squooshing the tie around it. At some point you reach the part of the tie that is open at the waistband, & the “implement” can be pulled through, turning the tie right side out. Once turned, you can shake the implement out of the tie and then do your usual for getting pointy corners. Think you’ll try this out?
I sewed the hems & waistband facing by hand because it was a lovely TV watching thing to do, in the warm during a particularly cold part of the month. Don’t get me wrong, my sewing conservatory is *my most favorite room*, but at night, in the winter, I can only take so much chilling, so the proportion of hand sewing I do can increase as I dispatch to the cosy living room where I can put the fire on to defrost……& continue sewing
The skirt though. Do you love it as much as I do? I don’t think it is possible. Worn with a slip, woolly tights & my warm chunky boots I adore it- I think the black background makes it a winner for the winter as long as I keep myself warm enough. Equally it’ll see me into Spring, as the fabric is a crisp-ish cotton. Now that’s making a wise purchasing decision – longevity through the seasons! Despite the lack of photographic evidence, I have worn this a lot as it makes me feel so individual. It is truly an awesome skirt.
So if you have skimmed the paragraphs above, to get to the giveaway, the time is right! Yes, Nancy at Fancy Moon is offering a £30 gift voucher to the lucky winner who I will draw at random. All you need to do is head over to Fancy Moon and leave me a comment telling me which fabric you would choose (& if you know what you would use it for, please share that too! I am nothing if not
nosey inspired by others) . The giveaway closes at midnight GMT on the 27 March 2015 and I will pick the winner during that weekend. Good luck!