Monday, 5 July 2010
My unexpected olive skirt
Yes, your eyes don't deceive you...this is indeed some olive dobby Pastry Line from the Anna Maria Horner Little Folks range...it seems that this will never arrive in England and so in desperation I placed an overseas order. When this fabric is reprinted (and does eventually make its way over here) it will be without its dobby spots woven into the material, so it seemed almost essential to snaffle up a little bit of this spotted goodness before it disappears.
But this was never meant for me. I bought it for a Little Folks quilt that I'm making for Zebra-girl, but when it arrived we realised that we wanted to narrow down the amount of colours used in the quilt...making this yard surplus to requirements. The deeply saturated colours in the Little Folks range and the way that people use them fascinate me - I love the quilts on Flickr that fearlessly mix the colours with wild abandon and often find myself getting swept along with their loveliness...but then have to remind myself that in the context of my own house, they might not work so well. I love every single print individually, but I am not good at mixing a huge range of colours and doing so makes my inner control freak, that craves order, jump up and down in protest. There are so many prints and colours from the collection that I would love to put together, but not all at the same time. So although this fabric went with the olive that was in one of the flowers for the quilt, I just couldn't stand how unruly the colours in the quilt were becoming.
As you can imagine, it was fairly traumatic for me to have to make yet another item of clothing for myself in voile, but somehow I coped (oh, the happiness of realising that we wouldn't use this in the quilt...complete delight!).
The colour looks a little odd in this photo...it's not actually that limey. I lined the olive pastry line with some of Anna Maria's kiwi-coloured plain voile, which worked really well.
The skirt still has wonderful movement, but this time is not see-through.
But this skirt didn't actually start off life as a skirt...I actually made a dress identical to the one that I made in this post...but what had looked so lovely in the red, didn't work at all for me in the olive. I wore it on Sunday and by the end of the day realised that I didn't feel completely wonderful in it, the way that I did when I put the red dress on - I'm not sure the colour worked in such close proximity to my face, and I wasn't sure about the stripes over the bust (yes, you can see from the photo below...this is just all wrong on me).
But that's what's so perfect and versatile about shirring...I had unpicked the straps, folded the shirring in half inwards to create a double-thickness waistband (which works so well and will be how I make shirred skirts in future) and shortened the hem by 6 inches, all within half an hour of having this realisation. And as a skirt, I am completely in love with the colour. The fabric looks slightly silky and makes me feel like I may be off to a prom...fifteen years too late and in the wrong country for prom-going, but no less lovely to wear.
The lining is an inch or two shorter than the outer fabric...which makes me happy, because there's still a little bit of that floaty loveliness in there at the bottom.