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Made You Look Guipure Skirt

8th April 2017

Ahh, my fabric stash. It’s still there! Either the storage box is a tardis, or someone keeps adding into it. That would be me.

After this, this, this and a few other things (let’s call them ‘educational’, as they never made it as wearable garments), next to go was this black guipure remnant. Less than a yard wide, it was enough for two panels – front and back. There were no questions that this was going to be a skirt.

I drafted a very simple pattern. Standard darts, almost straight panels, going slightly in towards the bottom to hug the hips, waistband matching the waistline, no pockets.

Decisions Decisions

Then came the time to make a decision on what lining to use. Obviously, using guipure alone would not make a great skirt, therefore a ‘background’ was needed. Some might argue this point, but I am not into that kind of attire.

Initially, I thought of red. Red and black is a classic, crisp and sexy combination, no doubt there. However, lately, it had been taken by a Day of the Dead theme, maybe not so obvious, but with the main fabric being lace, I wanted to ovoid even a remote resemblance.

Purple was my second idea, but when combined with black, let’s be honest, it can become rather theatrical. I have never associated myself with Goth culture, nor celebrated Halloween, therefore it was also a no.

Yellow and blue, though I love both, would limit the colour of tops I could wear with the skirt, so I was left with either black or nothing (not literally). After having a peek on Google for inspiration, I noticed that black looked like a mini skirt with a longer second lace skirt on top of it. The only colour that did not take away from the guipure was nude.

Double Take

Having nude lining, however, presented its own problems. 1: The right shade. 2: Seams.

The first one was easily solved. Even though selection of nude jersey fabrics online is quite overwhelming (Minerva Crafts), I think what I have picked is not a bad match at all.

Second point, actually, is only a problem when posing. On the photos the seams are quite prominent. Electric light and the lack of movement are the contributing factors. In natural environment and with added movement, seam allowances do not draw attention to themselves.

However, having worn the skirt to work already, I did notice a few glances – to make sure that lining was there at all, it was. Or was it?!


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