A few months ago I fell for a length of fabric on a de-stash facebook page. With hindsight I can probably see why it was being moved on. It’s lovely fabric and a bit different, but difficult to know what to stitch and the more you look at it the more flaws you see…
It’s an indigo tie-dye cotton, I haven’t washed it yet and I think I’ll put some colour catchers in too as I’m not totally convinced how fast some of the darker patches are! What makes it interesting is that it then has rows of lace and waves of ribbon stitched along it, it looks like it has been over-dyed once these were stitched on. There are areas where the stitching could have been more accurate, missing loops of ribbon etc, I was also intrigued that they used a stretch lace – I discovered that as I briefly thought it might be nice to cut away fabric behind a row of lace, I abandoned that idea!
Having looked at the fabric, I decided when it came to patterns, the simpler the better. I decided on a basic gathered skirt with buttons down the front. I played with the stripes up and down or across, I liked them across and also felt it avoided the lace and ruffled ribbon bits in a waistband which could be bulky. Stitching it across also meant I didn’t have to have any seams in the skirt!
Having determined I didn’t have enough for a top as well I cut it so I had a wide area without lace or ribbon at the top and bottom so make hemmimg and waistband insertion easier. I also cut a waistband from a flat area.
It actually stitched very easily – to my surprise the stripes across were pretty even. I didn’t fancy stitching buttonholes over the lace or the ribbon so I positioned them slightly unevenly but on a flat area. Buttons aren’t a brilliant match, but they were the nearest I had in my stash. I’ll probably replace them when the shops re-open.
I was just stitching my buttonholes when I noticed a cut in the fabric, it was about an inch long, hidden in a narrow crease. Of course it would be right at the front on the buttonhole placket! I decided to be creative and do some visible darning!! Even though I didn’t set out to make it invisible, it actually blends in pretty well!
It’s a sort of comfortable every day skirt, easy to wear, I’m just not sure how well the fabric will hold up to everyday wear. I will just enjoy it while it lasts!
I managed to nip outside for a photoshoot in between hailstorms and downpours…