Pattern: Betsey Johnson for Butterick 4089, from the 1970’s, size 25 waist, with an extra centimetre added at centre front and back.
2.2 metres vintage broderie anglaise, found on ebay for about £10; 1 metre Sevenberry Bandana Collection Collage in red £9; and 0.5 metre Sevenberry Bandana Collection Paisley in red £4.50 both from Fabric Inspirations
Vintage crochet-style cotton lace, gifted to me by Debbie of Minnado’s House
. An “I am half agony, half hope” label
from Scrapiana, an Etsy UK seller. Zip, interfacing and thread from stash.
Ever since I pounced on this heavy vintage broderie cotton on ebay a year ago, I have been searching for the ideal pattern to make the most of it. For a long time, I planned to interline it with a strong-coloured voile to make a simple Boden-inspired a-line skirt. But how predictable that would have been!
So the fabric sat in the stash, a contant niggle at the back of my sewing brain.
It was only when I was making my linen wrap skirt
with the same pattern, that I hit upon the idea of leaving it unlined, as the final flounce on a 70’s prairie skirt. Because it starts below knee-level, it doesn’t matter that the lace is so open.
If anything, it makes the maxi length a lot more wearable, and less… um… Amish?
All the time I was sewing, I was looking forward to combining it with my cowboy boots.
And wondering if I could justify buying another pair!
I have left the bottom un-hemmed as the broderie stitching is incredibly sturdy. Even if it starts to unravel with wear, I think the distressed effect will add to its charm.
The final layer is cut like a circle skirt, and I had to shorten it three or so inches to fit the pieces onto my narrow fabric. Luckily, it turned out to be Roo-length! The first time I tried it on, I sashayed around the house, enjoying the twirl and transparency of that final flounce.
Oh my goodness! I know it’s crazy and eccentric, but I love it!
Usually, after taking my photos of a finished object, I change back into my jeans before I sit down to write a blog post.
I’m still wearing it!
I wore it to cook the dinner and to bring in the washing and to sit on the sofa and catch up with the weekend papers.
As soon as I finish this, I will settle down to my knitting and I will still be wearing my new skirt.
I think that says it all.