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Murphy’s law of sewing

If you sew a coat, the weather will be unseasonably warm. If you sew a summer top, the weather will be unseasonably cold. If you sew a full skirt, a crazy windstorm will arise. All sewing of silk or pretty summer clothes will result in rain. So, in the terribly changeable Wellington spring weather, what’s a seamstress to make?

The skirt that Would Not Cooperate

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.< Mum and MIL at the wedding. 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″ …