Monday, 17 October 2016

Skirt on the waves

A few weeks ago, I took some inspiration and tips from a book, "Pattern Magic", to make a kakurenbo design and I drafted this "snail shell". Kakurenbo means "hide and seek" and the idea of the pattern is to make a flare concealed in a curve. 

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Unfortunately, I took only a photo of the bottom part of the skirt to make it look more mysterious and maybe it is hard to imagine the whole skirt made of yoke and the bottom frilly part.   

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Of course, paper is a patient companion and it will accept everything. Only when one starts sewing those curvy edges together do you realise how tricky it is. Remember, notches are everything ;)

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It was my first attempt, so I am pleased with the effect and I am tempted to play with it a little bit more. 
 
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I decided to use a printed flamboyant fabric. I know that it makes the sewing lines less visible, but that was partly the reason I chose it. In case of any imperfection, I didn't want them to be seen too clearly. Next time, I will use a plain fabric so all the curvy lines can be fully appreciated.

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I styled the skirt with an off-the-shoulder black top with very long sleeves. I improvised a little bit with the pattern, but the final effect is satisfying.

As you can see, the weather was still merciful for us and we could take all the photos outdoors, but I must admit - it started raining little bit. Oh, Scotland! 

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After taking some photos in hills, we were very surprised when we drove to the village of Luss and discovered how colourful, almost fairy-tale like this place is. If not for the temperature of the air, one could think it was in the Mediterranean. Of course, I couldn't resist having some photos taken surrounded by all those beautiful flowers and cottages. 

Our 'end of the day' conclusion was that my next project should be more 'autumny', maybe a coat or a jacket as it is becoming chilly and damp outside.


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