Thursday, September 10, 2009
My creative space - skirting the issue
I used to be a skirt person. When I first started sewing back in the early 90s I used to make my own Chanel-inspired unlined jackets in raw silk linen, and matching printed calf-length skirts with pleats and pockets (pockets were a must-have). Oooh I was the epitome of style, I was.
But tastes change and weight is gained, and damn, Myer put out some nice trousers these days, and before I knew it I was no longer a skirt person. I was a trousers person. I still have one skirt for work in my cupboard - a lovely orange checked felted wool number, but I haven't worn it in years and I really should. It's beautiful.
So the last year I have been contemplating making a skirt (Procrastination is my middle name. Why do you ask?). Surrounded by beautiful fabrics all day, it's hard not to think how I could wear some of them. Last year Lara Cameron printed her houses and bikes fabric. Two of my favourite things on the one fabric? Insane. I bought two big pieces - one brown and one orange - and I have never thought of cutting them up for Sunnyboy Pouches, not once. But I have been dreaming of ways to include the fabric in a skirt. My favourite is the brown one. Would it look best with denim or chocolate linen? Decisions, decisions.
But first a muslin, where I will hopefully be able to add some pockets to the existing pattern.
(My creative space also includes some custom pouches for customers, but you've seen that kind of thing pretty much every week and are probably as bored with that photo as I am).
See Kirsty for more creative spaces.