Bright as a button!
On the shortest day of the year there’s simply no chance of taking a photo in natural light. Well, not unless you want to look at black, empty squares with me promising you I am actually wearing a new outfit, honestly.
This is an A-line skirt that can be put together in a day. I used a vintage Woman’s Realm pattern bought for £3.50 from a local shop, Beautiful Interiors. It has seven – seven! – variations.
I’d been craving a cord skirt for yonks, so this seemed like the right opportunity. I whipped up a quick toile and very glad I am that I made the effort. This skirt definitely needed taking in. Then I bought some cord for £2 a metre from – well, you know where from by now. I spotted some fabulous big red buttons, ideal for patch pockets. A vision was born! Only problem was my weekend trip away, which meant that sewing went on hold for four days whilst I did this:
Holkham Beach, Norfolk
If you are ever in Norfolk, you have to go and walk on this beach. It’s stupendous. It was also frozen when I was there, which was a curious and enthralling experience. Ever walked across frozen sand? You should. I was even able to wander over the salt marshes, which would normally be far too boggy to venture onto. The edges of the sea were crusted with ice and salt it was so cold and the whole experience was just, well, epic.
Back to the skirt! I returned home and set to immediately. As well as my gorgeous patch pockets, I took a wide ribbon to use as facing, following a tip shared by Roobeedoo from her Rockabilly skirt:
I was going to attempt a lining on this, but in the end it just didn’t seem to warrant the effort. An underskirt will do the don’t-stick-to-my-tights job. This skirt did mark my first EVER attempt at overlocking the seams. I’ve had my new sewing machine since September and haven’t yet used this option. Can you believe it? I either do French seams or leave seams raw if I can risk it. I was scared of the overlocking option. Now I’ve done it, let me share a secret. Overlocking isn’t difficult, but it is booorrriiiinnnnng. Guiding lengths of fabric through the machine with not a single iota of creativity. Yawnsville, Arizona. So, there. Now you know!
The contrast red thread used on the patch pockets is, well, a bit ropey. But these pockets sit at hip level and I figure no one I know is going to bend over to peer at my hips! And I actually quite like the crashingly obvious home-made touch on what is effectively a comfort skirt, to be worn with a comfort cardigan whilst eating comfort food. This is a skirt to make us all take comfort in this unbelievable winter we’re having!
A final point on this skirt. It goes really well with my red waterfall cardigan. Look!
I’m also wearing it with the black blouse I copied from an ancient, beloved blouse that was falling apart, details here. Job, as they say, done!
I leave you with a final photo of that amazing beach:
Frozen Salt Marshes