Ta-dah! Here is the product of last weekend:
I’m calling this the Miranda Skirt because I bought the fabric for a total bargain in Miranda, a tiny village about an hour south of Auckland. We drove past an old building housing a second-hand store and I said: “Oooh an op-shop!” in which instance Mr p~s~c usually plants foot on the accelerator pretending it was the radio that spoke, but this was my lucky day and he said: “Do you want to stop and have a look?”
You can see the pleats a bit better in this photo. I fiddled around with this skirt for ages trying different pleating arrangements, in an attempt to get the most flattering for my shape. I have quite a large waist and high hip in relation to my other measurements, and usually avoid skirts with bulk in this area, but where there is a will there is a way! I really want some full skirts for summer – they are so quick and easy to whip up, cool to wear in the heat, and a great way to add some colour and pattern to the wardrobe – something much needed in mine!
I played around with a yoke and without a yoke, tried the pleats facing inwards and outwards, and with various spacings between the pleats. After taking photos of all the options (very helpful for an objective view) I eventually settled on this version. There are three inward facing pleats on either side front and back, each spaced 5cm apart. It fastens with an invisible zip and three tiny buttons and loops on the waistband:
The pattern is so easy you can just chalk it straight onto the cloth using a few measurements – I might I show you in another post, anyone interested?
This skirt is good to wear right now (high summer) with a camisole and flats, but will also be good for autumn and winter with tights and a camel cardigan, or pink or purple… Yay, a transitional piece!
And did you notice I am semi-glamourous today – with curls?! Yes, I made an effort and had a play with my Mum’s heated rollers. It was kinda hot today so I don’t know what I was thinking, at one stage I started to feel faint so I stuck my head in the fridge to cool them down quicker, which of course happened to be when DH arrived home for lunch. The mad housewife trend continued as two of the rollers turned into a tangled mess when I removed them (you can see one side is a bit flat looking!), and it took half an hour and all of my patience to get them out without resorting to tailors shears!
|Out of focus, or soft focus? I’ll let you decide!|
But I should have tried some hair spray or something because within a couple of hours my hair was back to it’s usual straight! Any highly recommended hair products readers?
Was it all worth it? Yes, despite the torture it was fun to have curls for a few hours and it felt gorgeous – you lucky girls with natural curls! I’ve had straight hair all my life and wavered between a short straight bob and long straight non-bob (apart from that 80’s perm…lol) so I felt like at totally different person!