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Bird & Blossom Pleated Skirt

Added Dec 14, 2011

by piackdy

London, United K...






After much wrong turns and detours I finally finished this pleated skirt. And I blame it all on the unforgiving taffeta. I had made the same skirt with a second-hand Drindl dress made of potato-sack like fabric. It worked a charm. I did the same with the taffeta and it bombed.

Just goes to show the importance of testing with the right type of fabric if you’re not familiar with a pattern or silhouette and you’re not already an expert at working with different types of fabric. So even the popular plain muslin test may not be going far enough.

Many lessons learnt, and I think the skirt is now serviceable. I’m especially proud of taking the risk with gold painting and gold thread embroidery. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

More pix & info on my blog posts

Material Notes

Acetate Taffeta (less than 2yds – I got some leftover)
Jacquard Lumiere fabric paint: True Gold
Gutermann Sulky Metallic thread: 7004




Fall, Spring
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Dec 15, 2011, 02.07 PMby meggiemoo

    Wow, this skirt is amazing! I think the colour has just become one of my new favourites – I love how it’s so dark and rich but not too dark. And the gold goes absolutely wonderfully – that risk sure did pay off!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 09.48 PMby schnui

    Your skirt is beautiful and you look great in it. I also do trials on patterns in cheaper fabrics or leftovers. Often I like the trials more than the expensive item.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 07.19 PMby TheSewingStudio

    SO pretty! Perfect for a holiday cocktail party!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 06.23 PMby bennomusik

    Oh, it’s so pretty! Definitely worth the trouble.

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