You know how some sewing projects should be easy, and instead you tear your hair out over them for months and months?
Yeah, this skirt was one of them.
I think I picked the wrong fabric for the idea I had, and the wrong idea for the person (my Mum) I was making it for.
I just LOVED the fabric though – silk cotton voile, fuschia warp and red weft. It glows in the sunlight, is light as a feather, and is softer than silk cashmere.
And I loved the idea of the skirt – it was based on the one my MIL wore for our wedding, and it looked so good on her.<
But the whole project almost defeated me. The voile didn’t want to pleat, I couldn’t find red thread, the black threads I settled for caught, and the tension went off. Lining fabric took forever to find, the pleats puckered…anything that could go wrong did.
And then I realised that what looks fantastic on my 5’3″ MIL might not look so good on my 5’8″ mother.
So I had to tweak the design. A lot.
It’s pretty, but I don’t think it falls right, and it’s not the most flattering design.