Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Bleeding Heart Skirt

This is a project that started with the fabric...

I had seen this IKEA fabric many moons ago when it was in the store and I fell in love with the dual heart design. When I saw it, I immediately thought it would make a great A-line or pencil skirt.

But I didn't buy it and then I forgot all about the fabric....
Until one day I was in my local vintage store -- Armstrong's --and lo and behold they had 1.5 metres of this fabric. I couldn't believe my luck. It's only sometimes that they have good fabric finds in the store and usually not fabrics that are modern.

I knew I wanted to make a simple skirt--so I turned to Tilly and the Buttons 'Love at First Stitch' book. I had made this skirt pattern before--ironically also with fabric that I found at Armstrong's (though it was vintage fabric)--Check out my previous make here (with the most awesome handpainted bird fabric).

The only change I made was to make this more of a pencil skirt--that was primarily because I didn't have a lot of fabric to play with. 

I also had to think whether I wanted the hearts to go across my body or down. I think I made the right decision--I think horizontal hearts would have looked strange. I kind of like how you can't really tell they are hearts unless you look closely at the fabric.

We took these amazing photos down at Edinburgh's little lighthouse.  Isn't it cute?

Especially with the moody Scottish sky.

Overall, super happy for my heart skirt--and now I have a ready-to-go valentine's day outfit for infinity! hahaha.  Have you ever fallen in love with a fabric and then have it miraculously appear later in your life?

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