Friday, February 20, 2009
The journey skirt
This skirt, Simplicity 4965, has been on quite a journey with me.
You may remember the Otago tartan I bought a while back and made a little sporran bag out of it. One of the other ideas my sister had was to put it as the backing to a box pleat skirt. Box pleat skirts are hardly the style du jour but I found this pattern in my stash and thought about how to alter it to put the Otago tartan behind the pleat. The pleat in the pattern is incorporated into the centre front, so I had to trace it off and put seam allowances on, and sew it back in. I then trimmed the seams and topstitched the front.
All in all, that solution worked reasonably well. It wasn't without hitch however, and there were some tense moments.
The journey has been more psychological than creative. I have been sewing it to wear to Dad's funeral. The sewing has been part of the preparation for that time - doing something physical gives a tangibility and reality and finality to the thoughts that go with it.
Posted by Mary Nanna at 3:23 PM