Tuesday, 13th October 2009
Today I am wearing my favourite skirt, from my favourite skirt pattern ever, Vogue 7303. I've made this up countless times and its so versatile. Unfortunately I seem to have inadvertently thrown away the skirt front piece, so I always have to compromise by using the skirt overlay piece folded along the centre front, and guestimating the rest. Also the skirt back piece has a few holes and sections missing, as well as being held together in places with sticky tape. This is a result of the pattern fluttering in a slight breeze on my table one day, whereupon it was pounced on by a cat who then went into full hind-foot-kicking attack mode. Gaaaa! Little sweetie, not. I've still managed to use it on numerous occasions since. Where there's a will there's a way (gritted teeth).
I did my usual variation of moving the rear central zip to the left side, and using an invisible zip. Also, in this incarnation, I tried to put in welt pockets, thus elevating it from a fantastic skirt to a perfect skirt. However being a closefitting number the pockets gaped most unattractively, so I ended up sewing them shut and cutting away the now useless pocket bags inside. Sigh.
However, the final result has still been the most useful skirt of all time. Its made out of pale pink, slightly shimmery damask print, with (my added detail) layers that were so complicated please don't ask me to ever explain how I did them. Not repeatable. It goes with all neutrals and lights, and I have worn it in any situation all the way from very casual through to formal in all weathers. Its not a ball dress however. Damn, an excuse to make a ball dress. That's all I need.
Today I wore it in summer shopping mode, as I was doing my grocery shopping. Over the next few weeks I'll included some other photos to illustrate just how versatile this little number has been in my life. I've worn all of these looks in the last few months, and they've worked every time.