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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Edwardian Skirt

Fabric: 100% wool evenweave, fairly heavy weight with good body.   Been in the stash for over 10 years

Pattern:  Drafted to my measurements from a line drawing on  a Saundra Ros Altman pattern.

Year: 1911 according to the pattern, but the lines are the same as those dated 1913 so it wouldn't have been out of place.

Notions: Thread, zip (developed in 1913 so I used artistic licence)

How historically accurate is it?  I think in general it's fairly accurate.   The pattern is effectively a 3 piece pattern but from what I've read that would have been acceptable.  The zip technically isn't as I had to use a nylon zip and the one developed in 1913 was in fact a metal one like the jeans ones of today; I didn't have one in a suitable colour though and am trying to work from stash.   The seams are I'm afraid overlocked.  I tried seam binding, but it wasn't working with this fabric, it's a fairly thick wool, but has a tendency to fray.   Most is machine sewn, but the hem is hand-sewn and the facing is also tacked down by hand.

Hours to complete:  Not sure, took about 3 days, but bits here and there.    Longest part was the pattern drafting as I've not done that for a few years.

First worn: not yet worn

Total cost: I spend a couple of dollars on thread as the one I was using ran out, but aside from that it was all very old stash.  The fabric came from Global Fabrics shortly after they first opened in Christchurch.

Needs a press and suitable shoes, hairstyle and shirt

but aha!   I have a cat, now you won't notice the lack of suitable clothes.
This is the original line drawing, I think I got it fairly close.


Wanderingcatstudio said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely colour - and the silhouette really suits you! And every outfit is better with a cat!

Truly Myrtle said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely - a wool skirt will be heavenly when the weather cools off! The red is gorgeous - as is the blue sky!

Rachelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I agree, unfortunately Feather doesn't. Neither of our cats actually like being picked up, occasionally I insist though.

Rachelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, I think it'll be great this winter, really pleased with it!

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