Midsummer Night’s Dream – Skirt

I started this skirt…oh so long ago! I finished some months ago as it was a piece I created for my Midsummer Night’s Dream work with Metaphor Textile Group. The problem I was having was in photographing it.

Not great is it. The skirt is long so I had to extend the top of the mannequin up which meant it kept toppling over in the breeze. Not that I got outside to photograph it very often as it was usually too wet, grey, windy or all three. I asked my daughter Charlotte if she would do a photo shoot over the summer, she agreed and even convinced a friend to be the model.

The shoot couldn’t begin until they were both home at the same time and the day dawned brightish but grey. Our model, and Charlotte’s friend, Rio Hindle is a lovely girl, very happy to sit, stand, pose as directed and not minding damp, dirty feet. Best of all, I couldn’t believe my luck, the skirt fitted perfectly as though it had been made for her with not even one tiny adjustment required.

The skirt is Merino wool which was hand carded in shades of greens and plum, dyed tussah silk noil added and the inside lined with green mulberry silk which is what you can see on the waistband and ‘bustle’.

The hemline is covered with Teeswater curls which I hand dyed and then I hand beaded with a green glass bead which matched the mulberry silk embellishment.

Rio’s top is fashioned from one of my scarves, another item which fitted remarkably well.

I thought I should also share with you a few of the ‘poses’ the photographer, Charlie Battersby, adopted 🙂

I’m not sure pale blue denims were the most suitable attire for the shoot but I’m sure you’ll agree she did a brilliant job. Was I there? yes, of course, I was responsible for aiding the model climb onto and off various structures, tweaking the outfit, carrying the shoes and getting in the way. Here’s me photo bombing.

My grateful thanks to our model Rio Hindle and my talented photographer duaghter Charlie Battersby. I hope you’ll see some pictures of the shoot on her site soon.