Skirts and Sketches
While I would love to spend all of time and energy sewing wonderful historical clothing, we all know that’s pretty much not how things go. First and foremost, I’m a college student, which means homework, homework and more homework. Add in a job, although to be honest, mine’s pretty flexible since I can sew during naptime; and devoting a lot of time to sewing is nearly impossible.
When I do sew, I usually have one large project and a bunch of smaller, more easily accomplished projects. I just finished the 1863 Zouave ensemble I was making for my little sister (which I do need to post up here, I’ve been procrastinating taking pictures), and my larger project is now a 1860’s day gown for my best friend. Big projects, I know. In terms of smaller projects, I have been sewing a bunch of skirts for daily wear.
Why skirts? Well, when you’re only five feet tall with ridiculously short legs, it’s really hard to find pants that aren’t too long. And when I finally do find pants short enough, they’re usually the weird shapeless “petite” pants. I can’t find a decent pair of jeans to save my life. I’ve tried hemming pants that are too long, but that changes the shape of the pants, especially when you have to take off 4+ inches. So skirts are a better bet for me, and they’re easy enough to sew that I don’t have to buy them.
So what are these sketches mentioned in the title? Oh just little design sketches of the skirts/outfits I intend on making. It always helps to have a sketch of my idea before cutting into fabric because in my experience it always goes wrong that way.
My handwriting is difficult to read, even for me, and I’m most definitely not an artist in anyway. I printed off the template off the internet because even drawing a simple human body is way beyond my artistic abilities. The gist of it is a simple black skirt, preferably in wool if I can find some on clearance, with a red guard, most likely wool unless I magically find some silk on clearance as well. It’s pretty much a basic skirt, the shirt is where things get interesting. I love high Mandarin collars, they’re flattering and best of all, you don’t have to iron them. Combine that with my love of texture and that’s where the little detail picture on the side comes in. I could very possibly be smoking in the wind, but I would love to do honeycomb smocking on the collar and the sleeve band. With red thread. On a white shirt.
Am I crazy? Probably, but I’m gonna do this anyway. Hopefully it turns out well.