Such a backlog of sewing projects, hmmm, what to share next? It’s a denim skirt that started life as a dastardly princess line dress block a la uniform!
We are currently holidaying in Whistler, Canada, visiting the Princess and her boyfy. In the process we’re relieving them of their ridiculous mimimum wage existence and treating them to real food! I ask you, what is the point of a minimum wage at all, if it isn’t liveable? An unliveable minimum wage gives government endorsement to the ‘bar’ set lower than it should be? Here is an interesting comparison of mimimum wages around the world from 2016, JIC you fancy a working holiday – Rant over, but do chime in!
Years ago when I embarked on my basic blocks I drafted a princess line denim dress thinking “oh well, if it doesn’t work – no loss”. Then I was told that everything I draft looks like a uniform!! Well, that may be because everything from a basic block is unembellished and well, straightforward – bare bones if you will. Which is essentially what uniforms are – functional, utilitarian pieces of clothing. But that comment stuck in my head and after quite a bit of soul searching, this sewist set about never making anything look ‘uniform’ ever again – when life gives you lemons and all that! As a side note, my intention had never been to wear this dress as is, it was a step in the process of designing the princess block.
I pined for that lovely piece of denim, gifted to me by Mohammed whose Dad sewed jeans for a top end Aussie denim designer. That was a long time ago and who knows what happened to that denim brand or Mohammed. Anyway, thanks to me, Mohammed managed to get through his patternmaking exams – he owed me big time!!
After only 6 perfect test keyhole buttonholes on the Bernina, yes she rose to the occasion 6 times perfectly then spat the dummy and so did I – off to Mr Quick Buttonholes with this skirt. He popped in the jeans buttons too. That man is such a treasure to us all here in Sydney, what will we ever do without him. A few weeks after we moved house I found myself wondering “what ever happened to that denim skirt?” and expedited it’s retrieval with a great many ‘sorries’ and ‘excuse my tardinesses’.
The (below) photo was taken to ‘audition’ buttons and rivets. Nope, more topstitching, more sandpapering for those seams, no rivets, yes to the buttonhole thread colour. Sometimes I find taking a photo gives me metaphorical distance to judge a design choice – do you do that?
Left the hem unfinished and look what happened in the wash, it unravelled just enough to make me look ‘un-uniform’! Kenneth D King points out that there is a difference between deconstruction and crappy finish posing as deconstruction in the first episode of Threads new podcast. I kind of fancy raising the hemline 1 – 1.5cm but that would mean somehow refinishing the topstitching, otherwise the distressed edge will unravel all the way. Pity I didn’t ‘track changes’ to the pattern, cos I won’t be able to replicate this denim skirt without retracing my steps – hmmm!
And for those of you who found my last snake pic a little unnerving, how about a gorgeous King Parrot – these will eat from your hand, leaving the hand intact!