10 August 2010

Loire Valley skirt


I took the opportunity of the trip to the Loire Valley to take some pics of my latest finished project while I had a different backdrop - you're probably bored of seeing the walls of my flat by now! So here I am posing in my boyfriend's parents' garden...


... and this is their humble home. Just kidding of course (hoho) - this is Azay le Rideau.


Here I am posing in front of their house, blissfully ignorant of the stinging nettles that are about to get tangled up under my skirt. Yikes! The pattern is McCalls 5631 and the fabric is a medium-lightweight cotton, £3/metre from Ikea! The pattern was fairly straightforward, although the instructions weren't too clear, meaning that (coupled with my laziness at reading instructions properly) at one point I realised I'd only cut out half a skirt - oops! I didn't have quite enough fabric left to cut out the rest of the skirt, so I had to leave out a couple of pleats. But it's fine.


Here's the view from the back. I didn't even try to match up the pattern on the seam line, firstly because I didn't have enough fabric and secondly because I'm too lazy. But I don't think many people IRL will notice or care too much, so try not to dwell on it! Just to distract you from those mismatched seams (I can hear you practising your deep breathing), here are some pictures of the chickens I spent the weekend chasing...


I just wanted to be their friend!

[Soundtrack: 'L'Accordéoniste' by Edith Piaf]

23 comments:

  1. Wow, I really love the skirt you made!

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  2. LOVE it!!! Fantastic photos!

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  3. I love it styled with those rain boots! Classic yet edgy!

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  4. Really cute skirt, love what you've done with the fabric!

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  5. I wouldn't worry about it. Most the clothes I buy from stores don't even match up. Or have bad stitching. Crazy how much you notice once you start sewing.

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  6. Your skirt and those chickens are both so very cute! The print on the fabric is beautiful and it looks to me like it has just the right number of pleats.

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  7. came over from WR. Love the skirt! Nice job.

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  8. The print of your skirt is gorgeous; I love your whole outfit, in fact! Lovely photos, too.

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  9. I love your skirt and love your blog, you inspire me to start sewing xxx

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  10. Looks like the perfect skirt for the French countryside! It's gorgeous.

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  11. Your skirt is gorgeous - and the backdrop is very enviable! I've been curious what McCalls 5631 would turn out like and now I see it's got tonnes of potenital I may have to go out and get it for myself!

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  12. Ooh, Tilly, that is gorgeous. How inspired to match that strong pattern with those strong pleats. I really must get myself down to IKEA. I've been dreaming of a red skirt to go with a new blue and white jumper I've just bought. This pattern may just do the job! Your photos are fabulous, as ever. Looks like you're having a wonderful time.

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  13. Looks like the perfect setting for some gum boots and chicken chasing - gorgeous! Love the skirt - makes me want some pleated numbers for myself!

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  14. I love the skirt and I love Azay Le Rideau. I spent a happy two weeks based there in 2001. I'm rather envious ;-)

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  15. It's wonderful. I recently spent a lot of time trying to match up plaid on a dress and eventually gave up and put it in the scrap pile. Then I looked at a store bought plaid skirt I bought and it didn't match up! I think we are harder on ourselves sometimes when we sew.

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  16. Hi! That's a great skirt, and the fabric..bargain! Really want to try it!

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  17. The skirt is gorgeous and I'd have never picked up on the unmatched back if you hadn't mentioned it! Did you make the top too? I've just made a dress with a very similar bodice (1952 Simplicity 3875). You've just given me the idea to make it again as a top alone!

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  18. I love the skirt, regardless of any so-called imperfections, and it looks like a lovely holiday, complete with chickens and rubber boots!

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  19. what a great skirt! come follow me xoxo

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  20. What a gorgeous skirt! I love the photos with this post - and your boyfriends family's house ;). Actually, the real backyard looks divine! So very different to here in Australia - the colours...

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  21. This skirt is so lovely! I love the pattern and the shape it gives to the fabric. Also, you are so lucky to have been to "les chateaux de la Loire"!!! I am jealous!

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