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Is that… Spring?


What is this warm stuff coming from the sky?

Confession: I started making spring clothes while it was still rubbish outside.  The winter was quite mild, especially compared to my own expectations, but I was missing bare legs and frozen daiquiris from Lady Jays.  So when I saw this spotty, lacy fabric from Chic Fabrics during their closing sale (are they really closed?  I haven’t been into town to check recently), I figured I could probably will the weather to change by making the perfect spring skirt.

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I wouldn’t tolerate a fit like this on a handmade top, but somehow it doesn’t bother me as much when it’s something I didn’t make.

I decided to make a simple dirndl skirt to take advantage of the scalloped edge on the selvedge side of the fabric.  A dirndl skirt also meant I didn’t have to fight too much with the lining, which is a blush pink silk also from Chic Fabrics.  Silk and I historically don’t get along, but it’s such a lovely fabric to wear, so I’ve committed to getting over my frustration.  The lining is finished with a narrow hem, and I did a handpicked lapped zipper.  They’re one of my favourite zipper installations, mainly because they don’t involve fighting with a sewing machine as much.

There’s not a lot more to say about such a simple garment, but it does make me very happy.  The silk feels fantastic, especially since stockings are optional on a day like today.

April 10th, 2017
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