I have a large piece of bottom-weight white hemp which I earmarked for a long, full skirt. When I saw the Indian mirrored trim and the shisha mirrors at the Brisbane Craft Show, I knew I’d like to include them in the skirt. How?
I have an ongoing picture inspiration file, so I trolled that and google images for “1950’s border skirt” and variations.
This type of border treatment predominated. I like it, but what else could I do with the trim? I remembered a skirt I saw months ago and I re-found it on Vintage Pattern Wiki:
Image courtesy of Sewing for Bellydance
The straight edges are aligned with the border print, so it “bends” across the front of the body. If I cut a circle skirt and placed the trim in a similar position, I could achieve the same effect. Mirrors instead of roses. I could then scatter the shisha mirror appliques over the skirt, as the roses are scattered in the drawing.
I found a similar example of the border treatment at Susan’s Diary. Her blog is full of gorgeous pictures, I’m so excited to have found her. I also found a gorgeous page of full skirts from a Sears catalog page posted on Debi’s blog.
I saw this cut for a circle skirt on a fantastic designer’s reference site and started to wonder if I could pull off the asymmetrical hem, the full skirt, and the mirrors combined. I see women wearing this cut constantly when I’m out, so I think I could get away with it.
What do you think? I could line the skirt with a pale aqua or pink cotton voile, which would be visible when I walk. Too much? Just enough drama for mixing with simple basics? Should the trim then go around the top as the floral border skirts, or straight down the middle? Hmmm… It’s a fairly firm trim, mounted on several layers of organza. It definitely won’t curve around a hem very well. It might or might not drape the way I want it to. The hemp is also fairly stiff, though long experience with the fiber tells me it will soon become soft, firm and fluid.
I also like the idea of using a similar cut to this Vintage Vogue 1172 reprint skirt and stitching the trim in several rows across the insets. It’s basically a 4-gore skirt with very wide godets. The center of the godet lies across the bias.*
I’d be thrilled for any and all input, especially links to border treatments… I have some time to get into the sewing this weekend, we’ll see what develops!
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*Edited to add: Actually, I think I wrote that incorrectly. The center of the godet is the same as the straight of grain…? Bother, I can’t find my notes.