I've started a new skirt design. I have this amazing fabric that I got from the Cloth House in Soho last year. It was a remnant piece, but huge and only £10. Pretty good for Berwick Street prices. I fell in love with it straight away, mainly because I just wanted to wrap myself up in it. It's animal print and so so soft, in a light furry velvet. I know it's going to be a bitch to cut and sew but I am determined to "make it work". I am also using my new book Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Schaeffer. I ordered this after reading some great reviews. I really want to up the ante with my sewing now and finish everything to a high standard, trying new techniques. Just flicking through this book is inspiring - especially the 1930s and 1960s couture garments.
This is the best picture I could take of the fabric I am using, but it doesn't do it justice. It actually glows in the light, showing off its fab texture and blend of colours. My design is a short skirt with front curved vent and faux black leather waistband. The design is inspired by a cute pink Whistles skirt I own. It's definitely going to be tricky. I haven't done a curved vent before so I am working it out as I go along, plus the nature of the fabric is going to make things difficult. It's going to stick, slide and just be a big pain, but if I can pull it off it's going to be amazing. My vision is to wear the skirt with a crisp white shirt, sleeves turned up and opaque tights.
So far, I have drawn up the patterns (working out the extra for the curved vent was a little testing) and I have cut out the two front panels. I'm so glad I have a rotary cutter...cutting this kind of fabric with scissors is just asking for trouble. I don't normally use my rotary cutter, but after this, and getting such great results, I think I have converted myself. Anyone else a rotary cutter convert?
Tomorrow I will start tacking the skirt together for fitting...wish me luck. I'll post my progress.