|Right leg finished, left leg not|
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
by Jenny Joseph
Pattern: Pattern Runway Sweet Scalloped Short, size XS
Fabric: 0.7m purple cotton velvet from Mandors, Edinburgh, £9, purchased at the Crafters' Ceilidh - woo hoo!
Other: 7 inch zip (far from invisible); lots of purple gingham bias binding (eebaay) and a Jane Austen quote label from a UK seller at Etsy.Process:
Not without incident.
This fabric frayed like crazy. I was compelled to bind every raw edge with bias binding, including the edge where the zip was due to go. As a result, there was some purple prose when the lapped edge of my non-invisible zip came un-lapped and caused a side-flash of gingham.
It has since been top-stitched within a millimetre of its life and no longer shows. Ditto the droopy hem in this picture.
I ended up binding the hem-facing with gingham tape and applied two rows of machine stitching, top and bottom, creating a double row of stitching at the hem.
It looks pretty darned sharp now, but I can't prove it because it is too dark for pictures!