Thursday, December 12, 2013

Koos On Millicent

It snowed... and snowed... and snowed... and snowed all day yesterday. There is white fluffy stuff everywhere which makes for really interesting parking lots and up and down hill driving. Luckily, all of my shopping was along a circular route within a couple kilometers of my home and I was finished by one in the afternoon.. which was perfect... because fluffy days are better spent in the studio.




I finished the skirt with a band of the brown plaid and 3/4" elastic. It feels firm enough on my body although it does look like the weight of the skirt is pulling it down on Millicent - my dress form. I think that's just because her black cover is quite slippery. I hope to get some pictures of the skirt on my body a week from Friday when my creativity group has its Christmas luncheon. Seems like the appropriate skirt to wear. Between now and then, I want to sew a top to go with. Black. Like the strings.




Here's the back. It is strange in that rather fascinating do I or don't I like it kind of way. I do and even so I have some ideas for altering it next time so that it still has a bustle effect without looking like a pointed tail.  I shortened the length by 4" through the lower skirt. Next time I might take less off there and a bit off the yoke and go down at least one size, possibly two, as I said yesterday.




LOVE the front. The strings aren't hugely visible unless you're up close - there's that short focus thing again - but they do echo the white lines in the black plaid. The knit fabric used for the applique brings all the elements together. I debated which color to use for the waistband and in retrospect, I think the black plaid would have been better however, the waist will either be covered by ties if I sew the cover t-shirt or a belt or a shorter length t-shirt so it doesn't really matter.

This is my winter version. I'm debating a summer version, possibly in one fabric or in one fabric painted three ways. It's an idea that's tickling. Linen perhaps. But before I do that, I'll wear this one around and see what I thin - especially of the back. It's a FUN piece. I definitely plan to wear it to church when I visit my daughter in January because IMHO parents should take every opportunity to embarrass their children and she is so going to hate this one - LOL - however... before that... I'll get a dressed up with a top and heels picture next week and post it asap. For now, it's Koos on Millicent.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - becoming more daring

11 comments:

  1. I love it! Great winter color combination. Can't wait to see the whole ensemble!

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    1. I'm just about to trace the top that comes with the pattern. I figured I may as well try that one first. I'm debating whether to try to include some of the same stitching as I did on the strings. We'll see.

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  2. Wow, I really like it that color/fabric combination. I have this pattern, but could never decide what fabrics to make the skirt out of, but you've given me some ideas, which I quickly noted in my ideas folder so they wouldn't fly away

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    1. YEAH - glad you have ideas. Send me a picture if you sew it. I'd love to see what you do.

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  3. Ooh, I like it so much! And yes, you are right, the purpose of parents is to embarrass their children. The purpose of children is to carry things for their parents.

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    1. Thank you. Yes... carry packages... and open doors. When I'm out with my boys I'll walk up to the door and wait. Drives them crazy but I say they are in training and if their sweet little something doesn't grasp the respect aspect of opening doors and does the whole huffy I can open my own door damn it approach, she's not the one for you because it's about options. Eyes roll.

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    2. Hahahaha! I have a girl, so we both stand together and wait for my husband/her father to open doors for us. Unless he's not there, in which case she defers to my age and usually grabs the doorknob first.

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  4. Love the combination of fabric and the ties. Elle

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  5. It is a beautiful skirt! I especially like the plaid...the way it is on the bias in the back and center front. The strings aren't hugely visible in that they don't distract from the applique, but they make it 'complete'. What would a chocolate brown top look like?

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    1. Thank you. A nice rich chocolate brown would probably work well only there isn't a fabric like that in my stash since I don't normally wear brown. Black ? Lots of it - LOL. I'll keep an eye out for a brown knit.

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