Now folks I need your help.
My father who has been enjoying my antics on my blog & encouraging me by even being my photographer extraordinaire when I visit, has given me the most amazing gift. He is a man of quality & had been hankering after a genuine Harris Tweed jacket. When he found an online outlet for Harris Tweed & Knitwear that met his specifications he noticed that they also sold gen-u-ine Harris Tweed – accredited / endorsed by the Harris Tweed Authority – by the length. And asked me which one I would like! Squeal!!!
I chose carefully. I chose wisely. There is so much choice, so many different colour combinations, a variety of weaves & plaids. I just *had* to go colourful
Now this is most definitely THE MOST EXPENSIVE FABRIC I have ever owned. It needs to become THE MOST EXPENSIVE FABRIC I have ever cut & sewn!
So what shall I make? The rule is that it has to be a classic – something that suits me & will last for years to come.
I have been collecting inspiration on Pinterest on my Tweed Board. My original thinking was to make a Tweedy Chardon skirt as this pattern makes me feel *so good* & my pinstriped suiting Chardon is one of my faves- in & out of work. Roobeedoo has made a lovely chocolat Chardon in a wool & I think it works – the box pleating can handle the weight of the fabric.
But then doing all my research & I am almost drowned in inspiration. Now let’s get this clear – much as I would adore a bright & fitted jacket I do not want to make a jacket out of such expensive fabric until I am better at er jackets (it’s on my 2014 list of challenges to conquer). So I am looking at skirts primarily. But what about a pinafore?
(Link on Pinterest)
A pinafore is better than a dress purely for practical reasons. Me & the dry cleaner? We tend to only get acquainted when such fripperies as cocktail dresses or evening wear are involved. Certainly not daywear. (Why did that phrase bring Mrs Slocombe to mind, Jane?) So a pinafore would be preferable to a wool dress. But as I said, I’m mainly thinking skirts.
Here’s a flared tweedy skirt , but it’s not plaid so only an idea about how it might hang.
Link on Pinterest
So if not a Chardon, what about kick pleats like this one? (Here’s my link on Pinterest)
Or the classic pencil skirt? (Link here)
Tweed, due to its texture & colour is often used in really creative ways in fashion, often with other fabrics (Link here)
Making use of its self fringing characteristics. (Link on Pinterest)
But please don’t suggest I do. Because I wont! Nor will I go feathers…
And then from one form of inspiration to another …that I might have some scraps for at the end…
Ahem, sorry. Seem to have gone off track a bit. I’m trying to be serious here. No interestingly enough most of the tweed I found is houndstooth & more up for showcasing design details. I have plaid. Of this kind of scale.
What would you make with it? Circle skirt?
Chardon?(Although in the picture below I’m manhandling two layers of fabric – it would pleat more softly using it properly)
Classic pencil skirt? Pleated straight skirt?
Or a double make perhaps – a mini skirt & shorts (very Pattern Runway don’t you think?) with what I have left?!!
(Link on Pinterest)
But remember my rules….& no fringes …and this has to be such a *perfect* make for me to last me a good long time in terms of style. This is a plea to you, the sewing blogging world oracle. I’m super interested to know what your collective ideas are….because can you tell- I’m undecided & near dither status. And before I know it, the season to wear will be over, & I really can’t let that happen.
Thanks all 🙂