I’ve been having fun finding music to match my ‘me’ sewing lately. This week’s me sewing is a ’30s skirt, so it needs one of my favourite swing songs, Lavender Coffin. Great to dance to, and a good conversation starter — we have an ongoing discussion of ways to make a lavender eco-coffin. I’m advocating dye made from blueberries or java plums. It’s not like the colour needs to last! (yes, I have macabre interests).
On a much more random note, I’ve also been doing a lot of sewing to Julietta Venegas lately. It gives me a chance to practice my rapidly fading Spanish. If only I’d known I’d be spending my adult life in New Zealand I could have spared myself years of torture in language classes, or at least taken something I was good at, like Hawaiian. But whether I understand it or not, I enjoy Julietta Venegas. I particularly like Limon y Sal and its cute silent movie aesthetic.
Right! The sewing! The skirt!
This week’s theme on the Sew Weekly is ‘Reality Check’: make something your wardrobe really needs. I’ve tried throughout the year to keep my Sew Weekly sewing purposeful and useful — with each garment crossing something off my sewing list and filling a need in my closet. I don’t believe in sewing things I don’t need and won’t wear just to fill a challenge or a theme – that’s a waste of my time and resources. Six months in there was just one big gap that I hadn’t managed to find an excuse to sew: I desperately needed a black pencil skirt. I have them in almost every other basic colour!
I knew just what style of skirt I wanted: very high waisted, well below the knee, and with pleat details. Enter my beloved ’30s nautical pattern, Butterick 5654. Just the thing!
Butterick 5654 is actually a dress, and has no waist shaping, so I had to figure out my own darts, and draft a waistband. I also had to reduce the pattern to compensate for the stretch fabric. I’m particularly pleased with the waistband. Thanks to my blouse it isn’t showing up in the photos, but the waistband has a lovely shaped curved, and it makes me very happy.
My photoshoot, and thus this post, were delayed all week because my camera is in the shop :-(.
To get it done I asked Shell if she would to take pictures on her camera. We took the afternoon off and went to the Embassy Theatre, a restored ’30s theatre with a lovely bohemian Art Deco look, and a bit of international fame as it hosted the Return of the King premier. It fits perfectly with my ‘’30s skirt meets modern top’ outfit.
It’s quite a dramatic setting, so Shell pretended to be a fashion photographer and I did my best to do my most pouty, vacant, fashion model look.
I don’t think I’m cut out to be a fashion model! I’d do my best to look expressionless, but a little smile would slip out:
And then a full on giggle:
Yep! I’d rather sew than pose!
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.5 metres of thrifted stretch cotton blend $3
Pattern: Butterick 5654
Notions: 1 metre lace trim, hooks and loops, thread (inherited from Nana), invisible zip (thrifted, 30 cents)
Make again? Yes, or at least close variants. Its a lovely, versatile pattern
First worn: Thursday for classes, lunch with a friend, and a photoshoot
Wear again? Yes! This is a perfect fit for my wardrobe
Total cost: $3.30
And the inside?: It’s unlined (that’s what I have a drawer full of slips for), and I finished all the selvedges with my overlocker (gasp!). But I used a mix of black, purple and lavender thread, because even overlocking needn’t be boring.