I’ve been away from blogging for a week or two so just to remind you that this is SWAP combination A.
Thank you all so much for such generous comments on Jungle January coat – it’s a welcome relief from forced coordination wardrobe planning.
In the silent weeks I made this.
It was part of SWAP and the cornerstone of combination A – 3 garments that make an outfit and based upon my colour scheme of heather.
Simplicity K1465 made in a ‘found’ mixed wool fibre tweed in pink and olive green houndstooth. The fabric came from an antique shop in Greyabbey and what you got was what you got. The pattern is a straight mock wrap skirt with a 360 peplum and a frill along the edge of the wrap. Fully lined, completely and utterly understitched, frill hand stitched down at crucial points; there isn’t a seam or join that isn’t sewn at least twice. The peplum and frill were laboriously hand frayed. The finished skirt length was totally determined by the amount of fabric.
Looked like this…
Along the way I sewed a Paco Peralta Draped Top (A3) in olive green wool crepe to wear with the skirt. I’ve made this many, many times before. This time I added a little back neck opening with a button closure. Otherwise, nothing’ s changed and it’s still a very stylish and classic contribution to any wardrobe. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made a SWAP in the last 3 years without a Paco Draped Top being part of it. It’s a foundation and at the same time an embellishment.
I have another me within my head and sometimes (actually, many times) she is 100% right but I have developed the ability to totally ignore her. She had severe reservations while sewing this skirt but I carried on regardless of her little voice that kept saying ” No. This isn’t you. This isn’t your style. You will never wear it.”
And what do you know – she was right again! I hate that.
So, I unpicked and cut and salvaged and saved what I could and ended up with a straight skirt without peplum or frill or mock-wrap and too short.
Undeterred, or maybe foolishly, I couldn’t leave the blasted thing alone.
As usual after every make I had a little bit of tweed left over; this was added to my not-peplum-anymore skirt.
I made some pleats like this:
Sew a big long ring of fabric, overlock the edges and hem. Hemming must be done before pleating. Mark out regular divisions – I used 1″.
Concertina the fabric to the marks and pin. Then tack securely.
Press extremely well with a damp pressing cloth and lots of steam on both side of the fabric.
I sewed the pleats to the lining and catchstitched the lining to the skirt.
The skirt’s side seams were rounded to reveal more pleats. And this is the ‘new’ skirt
Swishy hemline with an apron-effect top skirt….
that goes with my pink fleece jacket
as does the new Strides
I have absolutely no idea what part of SWAP is done or has to be done or even what part of SWAP I’m working on – I just seem to be sewing clothes in a couple of colourways and hoping that I’ll end up with 3 + 3 +2 +3 coordinating garments.
My first item, the pink coat, was cut down and altered into a short fitted jacket and now the peplum skirt has been completely refashioned using pleats. I’d save a lot of time if I just managed to sew it right first time!
I actually think I’m doing APWS – a plan with sewing rather than sewing with a plan.
With these four things plus the grey Vogue trousers I now have five garments – almost halfway there.