I’m baaaaccccckkkk!! You know when life piles it on thick and work bogs ya down? I tend to sew more....except I can't find the motivation to blog. With the long days and time change, I can't seem to sit down and write (or read other blog posts) after a long day. I do like blogging but in mid-October when I finished a dress only to begin a post, well, no words would come. Taping a pattern, threading a machine and sewing a straight stitch are a good stress release for me. Writing ?!? ‘Meh!’ (imagine shoulders shrugging and a sour crinkled faced). Here is something from my silent blog time: I present to you a subtle Halloween Clemence skirt.
Tilly’s Clemence Skirt
Self drafted sort-of following Tilly's guidelines
Slightly less than 2 yards of a Cotton Blend
Black 9” invisible zipper
Coats and Clark Polyester Thread in Black
To remind you, I have been lazily working my way through all the patterns in Tilly’s Love at First Stitch book. I have never sewn a book from start to finish. Tilly’s style, for the most part, is close to mine, so why the heck not?
The Clemence skirt is a tutorial for a self-drafted dirndl skirt…or in layman’s terms, a gathered skirt. This skirt has a classic look and I love dresses with gathered skirts. Should be a perfect skirt for me!! Alas, while this was an easy sew, the skirt was okay. I like the look of circle skirts better.
This gathered skirt imparts what feels like a massive frumpiness centered right at my waist. A material with more drape may have worked better but I couldn’t resist having a skirt in this fabric….see what I mean???
From afar, it’s a simple gray skirt but up close you get the spooky Halloween vibe. Clearly, I am late to the blogging world sharing my Halloween inspired skirt. But.....drumroll, please.... I did finish this at the beginning of October. And I wore it a lot. I’ll probably wear it past Halloween since no one really notices except me.
Here is the quick and dirty description of construction of the skirt:
- · Cut a 3 large rectangles
- · Add some pockets if you like
- · Sew the rectangles together
- · Gather
- · Gather again
- · Gather some more
- · Add a waistband and zip
- · Hem the sucker
Yep, that is it. The biggest pain was removing all the basting stitches. Will I sew it again? Maybe…honestly, onwards with new adventures.
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