Good honks. I now remember why I hate working with linen. It is a colossal pain in the neck! You look at it and it wrinkles just because it can. But....I finally got the skirt completed and I will grudgingly admit that it looks really good in its linen-y self. I purchased the fabric at a local thrift store and after a burn test, touch test and a comparative test, concluded that it was indeed linen. However, it was a shocking, in your face, BAZOOKA! bubblegum pink color! I thought that RIT had a "tea dye" dye and was saddened to discover that they didn't have one at my JoAnn's, so I brewed up a strong tea...using over 30 tea bags (OHMYGOSH!! That's why I don't have any tea! hahahahahahaha! I totally just now remembered why that is!!! I am such a dork...)....
Anyway....I brewed up a strong tea and proceeded to dye my fabric a much more sedate, beautiful color of not IN YOUR FACE!!! pink.
I spent hours and hours looking for a super interesting skirt design as I wanted something with a little "umph" to go with the tucked blouse. I finally found just the right skirt on Wearing History! (image below....) It was perfect and I had just enough of the fabric to make what I was wanting to!!!
The pattern I used for the skirt is the TVE21 1903 Tulip Skirt. LOVE this pattern!!!
My inspiration for the skirt, the one on the right. I found this through Pinterest and was delighted to find out (seriously just 8 minutes ago) that it is from Wearing History blog! The title of the blog entry and source is : Inspiration: 1908 German Fashion. (Thank you Lauren for allowing me to use the image here!!)
I fell in love with the loooong tabs (I don't know what they really are, but since I love tabs, that is what I will call them!!!) and the horizontal lines and the loops! I didn't have enough fabric to cut bias strips for the loops, so I had to leave those off. But I did manage enough fabric for three horizontal lines and the long tabs! Oh, and I added buttons to my skirt, because....
TABS + BUTTONS = HAPPINESS!!!
There are 7 tabs with buttons on the skirt.
Close up of the skirt art! Happiness!!
Oh...yucky picture...sorry! But here is the back!
So, next up is a corset cover because my corset is green and I need fluff to fill out that pouter front, then I need to make a new hat...because I love hat!!!!
Be blessed my friends!!!