... the other fish! Because we all know Pisces has two fish, right? :) although I'm afraid the best I could eke out was one and a half fish from the length I had!
I made a skirt for myself from the remains of the sparkly silver sequinned fabric. I do think that when it comes to the problem of wearing a fabric of a colour and/or texture that you don’t really feel suits you: then having it in the form of a skirt, thus away from your face, is a terrific solution!
Although I am not sure as yet as to the wisdom of drawing attention to my hips, the widest part of my body by dressing them to closely resemble a disco ball, but we shall see...
I used Vogue 8363, and made the skirt to be a single pieced, double darted front, with deep, front slanted pockets, and a two piece, double darted back with a central invisible zip closure. It is fully lined. Basically the same as the little black skirt I made for Cassie, except that I made the silhouette a tad more A-line, rather than pencil.
I have another piece of ... er, dressmaking advice? a thought? for this sequinned fabric: I didn't want to blunt my good dressmaking shears on those sequins so I tried using my ordinary, cheap household scissors, that I use for paper, sticky tape, cutting open plastic food packaging and just about anything and everything household-y. They worked like a charm! And I saved my good scissors :)
The pewter/silver silk dupion I used for the pockets, pocket lining and waistband was a scrap from the bundle of fabrics, given to me by my friend C from her late mother’s stash, and the grey polyacetate lining fabric was a small leftover piece from this maxi skirt; made years ago and long since passed to charity. btw, I switched back to my good dressmaking shears again for the "proper" fabric :)
The darts in the lining are not stitched but simply folded at the top, and the fold sewed down in the waistband stitching line. This is a good idea when sewing skirt linings, it reduces wearing strain on the thin lining fabric.
I even had the right shade and length grey zip and hook and eye closure in my stash too. So this is a terrific little stash buster skirt, using up a three smallish, different but nicely co-ordinating pieces of fabric which were individually awkward but whose joining together created a harmonious whole arguably more useful than if they had remained a pile of nicely co-ordinating scraps.
And barely a skerrick of fabric is leftover.
Well, maybe just a skerrick…. ;)
Shirt; Burda 8497, white cotton, details here
Skirt Vogue 8363 fully lined, silver sequined stretch fabric, with pewter silk dupion pockets, pocket lining and waistband, my review of this pattern here.