Let's be honest girls...we buy too many clothes. This year I have decided to put an end to my constant clothing consumption and re-invent, re-work and recycle my own wardrobe and the wardrobes around me. I will only wear clothes made by my own hands, exchanged / borrowed from a friend (or friendly stranger) or salvaged secondhand. And so starts my good fashion choices, even if I'm only making them for myself.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Formal Alligator Skirt
Well it's FINALLY here! The skirt I made for the BurdaStyle/ Tessuti Fabric competition. I did make it in time for the 2nd of April deadline (barely) and with the help of my usual peeps (mum, boyfriend, even my dad tried to help me take photos) it's up online for all of the Burda-world to see. I have already received nice comments (the sewing community are so lovely).
I was aiming to create a quirky twist on the classic marie skirt, making it out of Tessuti’s textural ‘Formal Alligator’ fabric. The pleats have been reversed to create a triangle shape and to move the bulk of the fabric away from the middle. Then two ‘bow-tie’ pieces were pattern-made to fit into the front waistband, continuing the line of the pleats. The shape of the bow-tie mimics the raised texture of the fabric whilst steering clear of the overused, classic bow shape.
Have a look at http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/the-formal-alligator-skirt
Amelia comes from a family of dressmakers, tailors and designers who, for generations have been making beautiful, unique clothes. Following suit (pun intended) she got herself a Fashion Design Diploma and a spare room full of every sort of fabric you can imagine, which was sitting in neat piles on the shelf while she payed good money to buy readymade garments and look like everyone else. Well not anymore...