My daughter has asked for me to make her a skirt. The photograph she has supplied, by way of inspiration, is this.
It’s said to be Neoprene, it is a full circle skirt with an invisible zip and it appears to be hemmed rather than cut. I hesitate to call it Neoprene as NeuCarole has written a number of useful blog posts on this question. I am guessing this dress is made from Scuba knit instead – the notes on aqaq.com say that the fabric is 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane. As I prefer natural fabrics this is not a subject I know much about. I did get Leo at Simply Fabrics to show me real neoprene (with a rubber layer sandwiched in between two jersey layers), and the scuba knit they have in the shop. I would say Neoprene is too stiff and heavy for daily wear outfit, and would probably be good for bags (and scuba diving). Scuba knit is easy to sew and is available in bright, shiny colourways. To my eye they are garish and clammy, but I am told it sells well, especially as it can give structure to skirts and evening dresses.
Esme wants a colourful skirt with a loud pattern – including turquoise, red and blue purples, bright blue, pinks and reds, white and navy. I am not sure I will find a scuba knit in a colourway to suit her. Something like this from the undercover lingerista.
So I am thinking about making a skirt
- made from silk if I cannot find scuba knit in the right colour
- in satin or habotai silk so Esme can paint a design in the colours she loves
- that is mounted on a firmer underlining
- that is a full circle skirt with a concealed zip and fairly deep waist band
- with a net underskirt to give it poof
What do you think?