How about next Friday, 18 September or virtually anytime?
I know this is a bit past the 15th. 😉It gives me time to travel down under to say a quick G’day to Su (of Zimmerbitch, in New Zealand), and wish her well. It would be grand to meet her, and perhaps a few of her lovely tea party friends.
As these events are virtual, anyone is welcome to join in with us on the 18th, or any other day that suits. So, fancy a cuppa another day? The virtual kettle will always be on the hob, and the scones will always be fresh. 😘
Sewing — belatedly
Hem tape for the teensy hem
Blanket binding for a soft waist band
I managed to make up a piece of quilting cotton purchased during long ago California years, which means a seriously long sojourn in stash.
With only 1 yard of 45″ rather heavy cotton, I didn’t have a clue what to do with it. But . . .
Something kept reminding me of it in June (so this is really late). It’s almost the weight of my shweshwe (see shweshwe posts of 2016 here & 2020 here).
Emboldened by all I’d seen, read, and heard during June’s virtual Sewing Weekender, I cut the piece in half and made a simple gathered skirt (sans pockets).
One of my favoured skirt lengths is about 21″ and this really came too close for comfort. So I fudged both the waist band (which I would normally turn under for a casing) and the hem.
I used cotton hem tape to extend things a bit around the bottom hem. Searching through my odds of bindings I discovered some wide santiny blanket binding. Using narrower than usual elastic, I just had room. But no pockets for this skirt.
(Ooooo . . . I just remembered where I put my rayon lining yardage, so there’s hope yet!)
I like the body of the fabric! Barely knee length, it stands away from the body as a shweshwe fabric might. By some miracle the width reacts well to the gathers of the elasticated waist so it’s cool during these humid summers.
Discovering I couldn’t get black or beigy knits for tank tops, I forgave myself and ordered them from L.L. Bean. I suspect mask production and slowed importing are responsible for the shortages, so I was grateful to find these!
The tanks were too long for my torso, so I immediately shortened their lengths — an easy fix. Both of them work well with this skirt and have been worn.
To illustrate why I’ve kept this cotton fabric for so long, you might should know I’ve specialised in teaching vocal technique of the classical kind for over 40 years.
So you can see how close the skirt art is to the iconic Puccini poster art of yore, I’ve chosen the above three as examples. Via Amazon, here are reproductions of the originals for Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and Turandot.
Hope to see you Friday-ish!
PS/ For those of you on IG, find us at #virtualteaparty2020
PPS/Just linking the bottom half of this post with Wild Daffodil’s Textile Tuesday series. Even though I know today’s Friday. 🤣
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