Colette Ginger: the skirt of my dreams!
Pattern: Colette Ginger, View 3, cut on the bias, in size 2.
Fabric: Kokka Trefle mushroom print heavy cotton / linen mix from Raystitch, one metre...
with inner waistband cut from plain purple cotton because one metre is not enough!
Lining: Black with white polka dots, from favourite Fabrics at eeebaaay, leftover from my Japanese pattern jacket.
Other notions: Purple gingham bias binding to face the hem and to highlight my hook-and-eye feature waistband (ahem!); one damaged invisible zip.
"Can we go for a walk now?
I've been very patient, while you fiddled about with that stupid zip.
And I don't know why you needed to sew 5 hooks and eyes onto the waistband, or put gingham bias binding on the inside of the hem, where you can't even see it.
Look - your wellies are by the door, and the sun is shining.
We could go and look for some real mushrooms in the top woods.
And I might see some rabbits.
Or even deer!"
It is so much more than a simple a-line. The back seam curves in as it reaches that high waist, emphasising the small of your back. And the bias version flips out towards the hem, for added movement.
Do you see how it curves at the bottom?
I wore it with my new vintage blouse from Love Alexandra. You can't really see, but it is a kind of broderie anglaise at the front, with swirling lacey eyelets, and plain white cotton with buttons on the back.
I dug out my granny's purple glass and brass necklace.
And my lovely vintage cashmere cardigan from Gabrielle.
If you look through the trees, there was indeed a family of deer browsing in the late afternoon sunshine...