Wednesday, January 11, 2012

.. now in shiny.

Burda 10-2011-129, now in silk dupioni, the grandmother of silks.

This silk was for sale in Nick's - and it being cheap and silk I couldn't resist, even though I find silk dupioni tremendously difficult to use, it being so closely linked in my mind to mother-of-the-bride outfits. (especially this shade and fuchsia).



"When the student is ready, the teacher appears" so the expression goes. I was totally ready to take on the advice of the Collette sewing book which is to reduce your failure rate by working with a pattern that has proven to be successful for you and incrementally modifying it to produce a variety of garments.

This is contrary to my usual practice, which is to make a test garment, identify potential, and become distracted. This is the danger of having so much exposure to so much variety - without clarity of vision, and commitment to producing a cohesive look, it's really easy to rush on.

It's funny, that was something that was identified in my year 2 school reports - I've been doing it since I was 6!

It has taken a long time for this student to be ready.

For this variation, I added bows to the pockets. They are just lined strips with a band in the middle.




The band is constructed by zig zagging the raw edges together and then turning out.



I would like to try one more version of this skirt before retiring it. I have 2 goals for this year: to sew more of the same pattern (TNT's), and to sew more outfits (tops and bottoms specifically planned to go together.)

Although I sew things nicely, they don't always look that nice on me. At the moment, I suspect I look quite frumpy a lot of the time. Now there is something a little endearing about that aesthetic but I want to take it up a notch, so this year I'm aiming for "elegant frump."

22 comments:

  1. I love it! DEFINITELY make more, I'm keen to se the little variations you do to change each iteration. The bow are so cute.

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  2. How clever the bow detail is!!! Looking forward to your new creative touches to this pattern in the future (before retirement)...

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  3. This pattern is worth a third skirt. The shape of it is perfect for you. You look curvy but slim, thin waist, flat tummy- basically the way we all want to look!
    I like the casual style made up in a formal fabric. It's a fun/funky twist. The blue is pretty too.
    If I were smart, I'd follow in your footsteps and start sewing more TNTs. Alas, I too, get easily distracted.

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  4. I like this skirt in silk and the detail gives it a fresh edge. Even after retirement this pattern may not languish for long but come out for encores when inspiration hits.

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  5. For some reason the first thing that popped into my mind was 'elegantly waisted'. Perhaps that could be the title of one of your blog posts this year. I like the marriage of fabric and pattern. Very stylish.

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  6. Very lovely skirt and very flattering on you. I like fancy fabric in everyday designs too.

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  7. In contrast, silk dupioni is one of my favourite fabrics although I wash it first which softens and takes a bit of the shine off.

    The skirt looks fabulous on you. I really liked the previous version as well. Definitely a pattern to keep playing with.

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  8. Go dupion for daywear - it is tough stuff so I see no reason why not!
    I agree this pattern is awesome on you - using it as a base you can add any details you like to it - those bows are v. cute. Look forward to more reiterations! I like the idea of a dupion 'denim' skirt!

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  9. You are too cool to look frumpy!
    I love that detail on your skirt. I am pleased to see silk dupionni showing up in a casual skirt and looking great. I also avoid it becuase it reminds me of unfortunate formal wear, but it truly looks great!!

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  10. You look fabulous in the skirt. I love the bow detail.

    I think I need to commit myself to mixing up the TNT - I don't want to fall in the rut of sewing the same few patterns over and over like I used to do, all without adding any little details.

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  11. That's a great skirt! Looking good!
    Pas de frump.

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  12. Oh! Shiny!
    I like it- it's a double-take on every front. First glance and you think it might be parka nylon, you know, like the "wear-it-like-a-rag" skirts made by outdoorsey clothing manufacturers. THen you realize its silk, but it's so hip, so unbridesmaidly. Very nice, very nice!

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  13. This pattern silhouette looks great on you. I think adding the bows were a perfect touch to a silk duponi version. I really like you previous version too. I really like the shape of the pockets and you've done them so neatly. Love your latest goal.

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  14. Love this skirt - you are the opposite of "frumpy", believe me!

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  15. Great skirt, I was immediately drawn in by the concept. :) I might use those pockets soon, I think they'd be just the thing on a similar skirt, thank you!

    "elegant frump" - I like it. I love your style.

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  16. I love your phrasing: Elegant frump

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  17. I just love silk dupioni, and think it works great in an everyday skirt. This is a beautiful and flattering garment on you.

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  18. Great skirt! I love the little pocket bows!

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  19. I love those pockets! I think I have the opposite problem... I tend to bang out the same pattern over and over again with minor variations, which can get really, really boring. Also, it means the zillion patterns in my stash never get used... ;)

    I'm sure you are totally capable of achieving elegant frump. Despite yourself. ;)

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  20. Oh, but one of the things that I liked about you was that you don't do TNT patterns...I guess I am just seeking out endorsement for my own pattern behaviours.

    I am catching up on blog reading. I loved your wrap up of 2011. Please sew some more LMB for us to oogle at this year.

    I also love the scrabble case you made your husband.

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  21. Your silk skirt as daywear looks terrific.
    I made one from not-exactly-but-almost parachute nylon to wear like a rag in an outdoorsy sort of way and it did not look nearly so nice as yours.I should have used silk! The bows are a very nice touch. A few TNTs can be most useful.

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  22. LOVE the skirt, it looks fantastic on you. The blue silk is to die for!! I saw your skirt a couple of weeks ago and just HAD to make one, so I did, and just finished it up last night.

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