Mind of its own

Some fabric you only meet once – if you go past it in the shop and come back one hour later it is gone forever, never to be seen again. Other fabric will follow you across the ocean and wait for years for you to buy it.

Most fabric I deal with is of the first kind, but recently I was lucky enough to discover the second.

Silk chiffon is a weakness of mine. The drape and the look of it can not be mistaken for anything else. So when I saw this fabric on sale at “Global Fabrics” in Wellington, New Zealand (on sale) I bought 2 metres of it.

With no particular project in mind, it lived happily in my stash for over 3 years. So a week ago I dug it out and decided to give it an honour of becoming something. I had an idea for a chiffon skirt – 6 gores, lots of flare from the hip down, self-lined (because of course 6 gores of french seamed silk chiffon is not fun enough as it is, I cut silk chiffon lining too).

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I liked the way two layers of this fabric create two-dimensional images – some flowers are obvious, others are in the shade, appearing and disappearing as you move. And the drape, the grace! Let the silk chiffon move as it wants and it will not disappoint you.

So of course I start with cutting out my top 6 gores. Then the lining. At this point the fabric ran out. I am 60 cm short for my lining. Other fabric is not an option.

Several months ago I saw this exact fabric in “The fabric store” in Sydney as I was happily lurking, as you do. I remember thinking “wow, this fabric is really under appreciated if it is still for sale!” So I try my luck and call the store. Why yes, they do still have it. Oh, and it is 50% off.

Call it luck or fate, this chiffon skirt just had to be sewn. It made me sew it. It is beautiful and oh so fragile. Just enough femininity and transparency, just enough structure and coverage.

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It shall make it’s debut appearance on sewing bloggers’ meeting on 9-th of February (at Tessuti at Surry Hills at 1pm BTW, are you coming?)

Do you believe that fabric has its own agenda?

Lena Merrin

by Lena Merrin

I make patterns and sew clothes. Maths are soothing.

22 thoughts on “Mind of its own

  1. Anne Riddell says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Lena! Out of this world and the patterns SO alluring! Congratulations and how I wish I could join you at Surrey Hills!

  2. Tina LaChance says:

    Your post is as beautifully written as your gorgeous skirt is sewn! Many congrats on your good luck the sewing gods must be smiling upon you! Happy sewing!

  3. MNBarb says:

    Really, really beautiful. I can just feel how lovely it would be to wear. I also wondered about the hem. Did you do it by hand or machine?

  4. Chris Lucas says:

    Oh I love this fabric and this style of skirt… This fabric and this skirt were destined to be together… how lucky you were indeed to find it again and then to top it all off to be able to get it at 50% off… ahhh love a happy ending story :)

    I made a similar style just this week and only posted it today on my blog. It’s such a flattering style.

  5. Vickie says:

    What did you do for the hem? It is just a lovely combination of pattern and fabric, you picked the perfect blend.

  6. Emily says:

    I love the idea of the layers lending the print that 3D feel and look. Gorgeous. I hope you post pictures of you wearing it on the 9th …..

  7. Velosewer says:

    Lena. This is gorgeous. I love how you have conquered chiffon. I must feel absolutely smooth and soft.
    Have a lovely week and see you on Saturday:)

  8. Yana says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! One day my skills will be up to the silk chiffon standard. And it’s definitely amazing that the fabric store had it, and at that price too! Looking forward to seeing it on you on Saturday :)

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