Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chocolate linen tulip

It's really gratifying when you create a new something and it turns out even better than the image in your mind's eye.

I had long been in love with this tulip skirt Jenny Gordy designed for Stitch magazine....and although I knew that my old before-bub shape would have worn it pretty well, I wasn't so sure about sticking my pear-bod into this one. My hips would never look as cute as the size 6 model on that glossy page.


Short of getting an emergency tummy-tuck, some pattern altering had to be done. And here tis. Very comfy and very wearable. In fact, I'd probably buy this off the rack if I saw it in a shop.


Medium-weight chocolate linen and buttons from Tessuti...and I pretty much followed all the instructions to the letter. Except I top-stitched the waistband and the placket seams to make them sit flat. I also sewed the pleats down 5cm from the waistband seam, to make me look less hip-py. The dark colour of the fabric definitely helps.

I might take this out for a spin in this unseasonal warm weather we're having. In the meantime, must whittle down that list below.

Tootles!

10 comments:

~ Kim ~ said...

It has turned out really nice and flattering on you. There is nothing like a great skirt that you will wear all spring/summer.

Melinda said...

That skirt is gorgeous - you wear it well and I adore the owl pendant.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

It looks amazing! The funny thing is I was flicking through that magazine today and it really caught my eye! The chocolate linen was an excellent choice.

sue said...

It looks beautiful on you, and yes I know about needing an emergency tummy tuck, lol!!

Cass said...

Jade I love it and it looks great on you

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute Jade! It looks great on you -- what a great idea to stitch the pleats down. I've always stayed away from pleats, but stitching them down would do the trick!

Cathy said...

love it Jade - you look great! Can you wear it to the Show so we can all have a look at it?

Marina said...

Hi Jade, great to catch up with you at the show. Sorry I was so distracted with the family in tow! On another topic (!) can you tell me where you got your copy of Stitch magazine from? I got the first issue, but can't for the life of me remember where I bought it?! (Dementia is setting in already.....). I know you can order it direct from the publishers (but the shipping cost is very hefty.)

Corrie said...

what are you talking about! you are a size 6!!!! you are evil because now I'm off to buy the past issues of that fabulous magazine! why haven't I seen it in the stores here!!!

Corrie:)

Linda said...

a beautiful skirt and it look soooo gorgeous on