I’m considering entering my skirt (finished!!!) into the Ilkley Flower Show under the category ‘something new from something old’ but my skirt will still be a skirt. Opinions so far seem to be that it would meet the category requirement – do you agree? The reason I’m considering entering is that the show takes place next month which will force me to finish the skirt, otherwise I fear there’s a very real danger of it being hiddeen in a cupboard and forgotten about.
I like the texture I’ve achieved on the felted sections but the weight of those is pulling the non felted section out of shape. The central triangle won’t hang down and, as expected, the join is ruched where one section is felted and the other not.
So I have 3 options unless anyone can come up with more for me. First – stitch some pleats into the triangle to hold it in place and give it fullness at the back. I don’t think this will look that pretty and then that section will be markedly different in length to the rest – see below.
Option two is to use two of the triangular pieces which I’ve already removed to create extra thickness in this area. It looks okay and if I stagger the lengths it will also give me frills. The contrast between felted and not is nice.
Or my third option is to cut out the central back triangle and just stitch it straight up, which makes it more structured looking. It needs darts for shaping and a wasitband but you get the idea.
Part of me wants the straight wrap around and part wants the layered frill section in the back. There is a difference in material weights and I don’t know if it will behave or feel odd on, perhaps those of you with more experience can help me here. I do know that there is a slight risk that unless handled carefully during washing the felted sections could shrink a little more which would affect the back again. Think I’m talking myself into a straight wrap around but I’d love to hear what you think.
I bought this skirt about three years ago, I adore the colours and yet hardly ever wear it.
It’s a very thin cotton which makes it rather too cool to wear in winter and yet it has so much fabric that I end up getting too hot and bothered by yards of the stuff round my legs in summer. Although it had a piece across the hips (it probably has a name but as you’ll soon see I’m no dressmaker so haven’t a cluse what it’s called) so that most of the fabric was below hip level it was a dreaded elasticated waist. Love the fabric but the style isn’t flattering to my ample hips.
I’ve been wondering how I could re-use the fabric then decided to be brave and transform it into a new skirt – shorter and wrap around. To begin I removed the waist section. The main portion of the skirt comprised 6 rectangular and 6 triangular pieces. I cut out 4 of the triangular pieces removing much of the excess and cut the skirt open on the sixth triangular piece.
You can already see how much less fabric there is now and removing the waist section has made it shorter. Two of the triangular pieces remain, one at the end just in case I need the extra length to wrap around and one in the centre back.
You can see the back looks longer and fuller where I’ve left in the final triangle. The plan is to nuno felt the 6 rectangular panels leaving the back triangle clear of wool. I quite fancy the change in texture and the fullness remaining but it’s a risk, the fabric could easily go out of shape. If it doesn’t work then I’ll go back and nuno the triangular sections later.
Using the surplus waist section I did a test piece and satisfied that I still liked the fabric when finished, carded up fibres. I’ve used Peacock, Turquoise, Sea Green, Forest Green and Maroon Merino from Adelaide Walker.
Gorgeous isn’t it. This is quite a big job and my table is too small so I worked on the floor.
All laid out except for the central triangular section as you can see.
Once laid out and wetted out I rolled it up and worked on my kitchen worktop. In this hot weather it’s actually the coolest room in the house.
Just unroll a section at a time and you can work on very large projects in your kitchen which has the added benefit of being the right height. I have some concerns about how this whole thing is going to work out but now I’ve had a break think I’ll go and do the final felting and fulling. wish me luck.
W.I.P. July 21st, 2014
We’ve been away on a family holiday to France and had a wonderful time. I came back with a mission to make a crocheted gift so here’s a quick peek at what I’ve been busy with.
I have plans for some felting this coming weekend but in the meantime I’m off to finish the crochet and will reveal all later.
I came across the artist Hilary Fayle on the internet this morning and am so impressed and amazed that I wanted to share her work with you. The embroidery into leaves is incredible but her cut work is truly amazing and it’s all so delicate.
Do you remember me making these pre-felts a couple of weeks ago?
They were made using dyed Merino from Adelaide Walker. I used all the colours except for browns, greys and black.
After attaching fixings to the back it’ll be going to the wool shows with us. Should add a nice bit of brightness to the stall.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Preparing for the chop. Charlotte will donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust. The hair is used to make wigs for children who’ve suffered hair loss through diseases like cancer. Charlotte also wants to raise funds for the charity and if you would like to support her you can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Battersby/
Charlotte couldn’t stop smiling and frankly it was freaking the haidresser out. It was such a radical change she expected to see more nerves and far less smiling from her client. Finishing touches coming up.
Very happy. Check out the mirror for a second view.
Cheshire cat time.
The hair was nearly 12″ at it’s longest.
Thank you to all who’ve already donated.
Going June 21st, 2014
Our beautiful daughter Charlotte is going for a radical haircut today. Before I tell you a little more I thought I’d share her pre-prom picture with you.
Very happy with boyfriend Jack Smith. They were both more nervous than I expected but when we got to the hotel it was quite a daunting crush of peers, parents and interested onlookers that they had to walk past. She put her hair into a low roll or chignon for the occasion.
This afternoon the whole length of it will be chopped off at the nape of her neck after which she will donate the hair to the Little Princess Trust. We think there’ll be over 10″ in length and the hair will be used to make wigs for children who’ve suffered hair loss through diseases like cancer. Charlotte also wants to raise funds for the charity and if anyone would like to support her they can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Battersby/
I will of course be posting before and after photos. For now, I fervently hope she’ll like the new elfin cut.