old nana skirt

15 November 2011

The last visit to my mums, my nana gave me some small pieces from her fabric stash, she’d heard from mum that I’ve been making purses and so wanted to share some of her fabric… and oh my, it’s a dream come true is it not?

How lovely is that print?  As I was calmly looking through when I got home (actually I was having some flashbacks of couches and cushions from the family bach all those years ago, and random curtains and bedspreads from the old family house here in Auckland) so it was a bit overwhelming all the same.. I found this cut and pinned skirt, pretty exciting, it looked close to my fit and was basically pinned and pressed ready to sew..  Well, I couldn’t pass it up could I!  Today I almost finished it while the kids were sleeping, just need to sew in the zip and decide on the hem…

Some of the pins were a tad rusty and oh my!  When I ironed it was like going back in time, I wanted to assemble it before washing, to preserve the pinning etc, it had also frayed somewhat, so I raced around the edge with a straight stitch too, but it smelled of my grandparents old house.  Which is a bit kind of spooky too.

I tried it on after sewing all the darts, and pre-zippering, I’m going to ace this invisible zip.  I am.

(And please excuse the filthy mirror!  I suppose that’s what happens when I walk into the sewing room when the kids are napping…  I will sort this out maybe tomorrow, at least before the next photo!)

I think I’ll shorten it quite a lot, but I’m undecided.  It’s a good weight for winter, but I’d like to wear it as soon as I can, but then I don’t want to lose any of those flowers either, well not TOO many.  I also wish I had enough to make a bag…

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