(Sorry if you are confused by my posting this morning. I am sleep-deprived after a long night of babysitting. The children were very good and slept until 4am. The problem was my daughter’s hyperactive, nocturnal cat. It cried all night and then, when let into the bedroom at about 1am, wanted to play “catch the mouse” with my hand and arm. Which involved “play biting”. Most unwelcome. So now I am feeling completely knackered. Hence I put the wrong post up earlier.)
Let’s have another look at my skirt inspiration. This is a Westwood RTW skirt with a huge chunk of fabric picked up and caught into the side seam, so that the hem is on the bias and the stripes on the skirt are intriguing. I really fell for this look but wanted to put my own twist on it.
First I started with some small bits of calico that I drew parallel lines on with a pencil (roughly). Then I folded and cut to see what would happen. I tried with different proportions.
Although my fold is different to Westwood in that I have a fair amount of bulk at the hem I rather liked this idea. However there are three layers at the base which is perhaps a bit thick. Then, using the stand, I draped a skirt with this sort of fold. As I took the fabric up to consider how to achieve a nice waist line finish I took the fabric up to the bust, thinking this might work well as a shift dress. I am thinking of creating a shift dress, with a separate bodice taking up the bust dart. It might be quite fun. What do you think?
I then did a few more experiments with the fold, this time using a softer cotton left over. The pleat here is smaller and more acute, still bringing the stipes together in an interesting way. This is something closer to the Westwood pleat. Can see the relatively small”dart” formed in this way? On the right I have opened up the fabric (once the side seams and hem is cut off) to show the shape of the pattern piece.
I bought some nice striped wool at £8 a metre at Oakmount. I think it may have once been used for blazers.
I will make this up and show you my results soon.