Sunday, November 04, 2012
FO: A Dash of Mustard Cord, Simplicity 5351
But does looking younger than my years make it OK to wear short skirts?
Because this one turned out a lot shorter than I expected!
Pattern: Simplicity 5351 from 2003, View F in size 10
Fabric: One metre of gold / mustard cord from Our Patterned Hand, £15.50, plus less than a metre of lining fabric pieced together from remnants in the stash in bronze and burgundy.
Other: Two vintage 1940's French buttons, part of a swop treat from Jessica Thank you!!! :D
Black satin bias tape at the hem. One of my Persuasion labels inside the waist.
I was immensely trusting of this pattern, and made no real attempt to check the size before I cut into my fabric. I just made the biggest size in the packet.
So, yes, it is rather short. Despite the hem-stitching line being visibly 3 cm above the bottom edge, there is really only a 1.5cm turn-up: the rest is down to the width of the satin bias tape I edged it with.
I chose this pattern because I wanted the box-pleated-ness of a Kelly skirt without the bulk of folded jumbo cord at my waist. However, there are still an awful lot of layers where the button-tabs meet the pleats at the top, especially with lining and interfacing thrown into the mix. I had to grade it pretty severely at the waistband seam.
At this point, I want to give a big shout-out to the quality of this cord fabric - woo hoo! It is seriously luscious stuff. Where other cord might have rigid ribs on a starchy canvas base, this is velvety soft through and through.
Yes, it shed little tufts of gold every time I waved the scissors at it, but it doesn't feel like it is going to go bald the first time it is washed, like some cord fabrics.
It has a LOT of body, which has given this skirt a 3D-A-line... which could be a good thing or a bad thing? I certainly don't need a crinoline underneath (as if!) to get that skater-skirt shape. But it does mean it looks even shorter than it already is.
If I ever have to bend, it will be from the knees, in a neat little curtsey, Your Ladyship.
I promise I will only ever wear it with industrial-thickness opaque tights and hefty underpinnings.
What is that quote from Bridget Jones' Diary, about her skirt being off sick and conspicuously absent from the workplace? Um, yeah, I suspect this one will be a challenge to my employer. But I am going to give it a go. After all, they can only sack me once! ; )
Because despite my age-related anxiety, I really like this skirt.
It is FUN!
It is flippy and a leeettle bit flirty and has a definite sense of humour.
The colour is HAPPY!
The blue buttons add an extra bit of zing and pizzazz.
And don't we all need a bit of zing and pizzazz in our lives?
And now I have this skirt!
Though goodness knows I don't have many tops that go with it.... aaargh!
In case you were wondering about the digger... FL asked the farmer who planted the fields out with barley to extend the duck pond for us, in part exchange for the use of the land. (He has other jobs to do... like digging FL's grave. Oh dear.)
Where once there was a big muddy puddle in the bog, there is now a proper pond with an island in the middle! It is frozen over at the moment, but the pond is fed by a spring, and the farmer is working on a run-off into the stream at the foot of the valley - blimey!