I have a bit of a headache tonight (that is a massive, massive understatement) so this is a very short post, for which I apologise. I hope to be back to tip-top form tomorrow with any luck, and I promise to write more then.
So in the interim, here are photos of my new skirt, which I made to Anna Maria Horner's "Study Hall Skirt" pattern.
It's absolutely terrific - the pattern that is - and I highly recommend it to all of you who enjoy the slightly schoolgirl look of box pleats. And ok, so even though my waist measurements are clearly muuuuuch larger than the skinny girl featured on the front cover of the pattern, the primary beauty of this skirt is that it looks good on any shape.
Here I used a graphic stretch cotton for the main body of the skirt. I've had this piece of fabric for about three years now, and it's just lain patiently in the cupboard waiting for me to find the right vehicle for it. And I think you'll agree the wait was worth it.
For the box pleats, I've used a remnant of azure-blue raw silk that's been in the cupboard for just about as long.... in fact, I think I bought it two years ago at Cleg's Christmas time remnant sale. It perfectly matches the blue colour round the flower "eyes" in the printed cotton.
I'm really happy with the way this skirt turned out. So happy in fact, that if I saw this exact same skirt in a shop, I would want to buy it. That is a huge compliment from myself to me, if I do say so!!
This skirt brings me a little bit closer to sewing nirvana ... that is, the first garment I create where I don't make a little mistake somewhere. I've been sewing for years and I always, ALWAYS manage to bugger something up (on this skirt I cut one of the panels a few millimetres shorter than the other, so there is a minor jagged edge on the side seam where they don't quite match up perfectly, but you can hardly see it).
I'm not there yet and it may take me forever to reach it, but I am - as ever - hopeful.