You would think that after all that precision and pattern matching with the pleated plaid skirt I’d be avoiding anything geometric and fussy. But no. Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment, because not only was this project super striped and matchy, so is the project I just finished and haven’t blogged about, and my next project, and the one after that. It’s all about stripes.
Still, stripes are awesome, and they make me happy. How could this skirt not make you happy:
The fabric is a cotton canvas I inherited from Nana. The stripes run diagonally on the fabric, so making them run in a continuous maypole stripe around the skirt shouldn’t have been too hard.
The operative word here is shouldn’t. The fabric is just loosely woven enough that the stripes moved placement with pre-washing and didn’t match perfectly, so I had to baste every single stripe, check the matching, and then sew it. But in the end, I got the pattern matching absolutely precisely perfect, I even managed some seriously awesome chevrons at the pockets (I mean, look at those, how awesome are they?), and I love it.
The insides are pretty perfect too. I used two full widths of the fabric for the skirts, so the (nearly invisible!) seams at the sides are both selvedge edges on the inside. I bound the pocket edges with bias binding (the label informed me it was ‘gold’), and finished the hem with a wide bias-turned hem, also in ‘gold’. It would have been easy to do a self-turned hem on this skirt instead of a bias hem, but I didn’t want to loose any length, and I love the peep of orange that shows at the hem when I move and sit.
This skirt makes me so happy, and I love it so much, that I wore it three days (well, Wellington spring days, where you have to have three different outfits for the three different seasons in a day, so nothing gets worn for more than 4 hours) in a row when I finished it. It’s just so comfortable, and fun, and the enormous pockets are so fantastic. Pockets make everything better.
The photoshoot for this skirt was also tons of fun. Madame O and I had a full sewing day, and then for the last few hours of the day we drove ’round the Miramar coastline (one of my favourite things to do) and stopped at any spot that took our fancy for a photoshoot. We had a blast, and Madame O got tons of amazing shots, which is why this post is so photo-heavy.
First up was the old naval base. It had been off-limits until just a few years ago, but now it’s de-commissioned (or whatever happens to old bases) and rented out to a number of film studios and art schools, so you can visit and explore. We found the old naval laundry, so I couldn’t help bursting into a rendition of ‘Wash that man right out of my hair’, complete with hand motions.
From the naval base, we drove on and enjoyed the coast, and then I spotted a patch of spring flowers: yellow broom and vining white legumes and lilac daisies.
Madame O convinced me to climb right in them to show them off:
And then I got super brave and lay down among them – resting on the hammock of vines covering a bush, hoping I wasn’t laying on one of the big fat buzzy bees making their breakfast among the flowers!
After struggling up out of the vines and brushing myself off, it was onwards to the little seaside community of Worser Bay, where Madame O went into paroxysms of delight over how my outfit harmonised with the red rocks and green moss. The late afternoon sunshine (when there as any) was pretty spectacular too.
Finally, I leave you with the very best photos of the day – perhaps not technically, but because they make me smile every time I see them: