Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
AA Milne, Winnie The Pooh
This Hollyburn skirt was a test of patience. I worked hard and carefully on it, only to discover that the waistband was way too big. I’d been undone by a combination of a loose weave and what I call Reverse Vanity Sizing: I sew on the principle that there are invisible layers of fat hanging around my body. I’ll just add an extra inch to the waistband. Just in case. This has been my undoing countless times. When shall I learn that I’m not as fat as I think I am?!
Having inserted an invisible zip, hand stitched the silk lining and catch stitched the hem, I had to undo all my work and reinsert a new invisible zip. Not before swearing and throwing the skirt in a corner. But how glad I am that I gave myself a week away from sewing and came back to the skirt fresh. I love it!
Look at that drape. It’s a triple crepe wool bought from – deep breath – The Man Outside Sainsburys. Should I just ask him to marry me now? I took the last of this bolt (ex Hobbs, if I’m to believe what I’m told) but you can buy triple crepe from Minerva Fabrics here. Do it! It’s gorgeous to work with.
I’m glad I had a second go at my invisible zip. On first insertion I realised too late that it really needed some strips of organza to stabilise it. So on my second go, I did just that.
Yes, I’m very happy with my second invisible zip. But you’re not looking at that, are you? You’re looking at the lining fabric. White silk with red beetles. Bought from… You know where I bought this from!
I couldn’t resist. It’s a shame that only myself and my blog readers will ever know that the skirt is lined in red beetle silk, but hey. I only sew to please myself, so ultimately – who cares?
This skirt was inspired by my black wool crepe skirt, which gets worn to death. As before, I omitted the pockets and added 2.5 inches to the length of variation A. My red version would make a perfect Valentine’s outfit, if I subscribed to Hallmark-themed days. (I don’t. They get in the way of my birthday, which was yesterday. Happy birthday to meeee!!!!!)
I have 0.8 metres left of this red beetle silk. You could use it to line a short skirt, a cropped jacket, you could make yourself some silk knickers or just mush it up against your face. Want it? Leave a comment below before midnight GMT Friday 21 February. This giveaway is open worldwide, as always. Enjoy, my friends!