Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In the Mood for Sicily

Dear readers, doesn't the fabric on this skirt remind you of Sicily? Black with tiny modest flowers, beaded in slightly irregular pattern to make it look just so perfect and authentic...


I picked this beauty at Mood on Monday two weeks ago, just a day before we took a plane to Europe.

THE (SEWING) HOLIDAY

Because our holiday is exceptionally long this year (the reason behind the light posting recently) - four weeks, readers - I decided to take some sewing with me. I packed this fabric (incl underlining and lining) along with tangerine red dress-in-progress, hoping to work on both projects at my in-laws in Germany. Yet, my mother-in-law's sewing machine I hoped to use was beyond home repair and so I put my already-basted tangerine dress aside and took on the beaded chiffon challenge.

THE MOOD

I have to say a few words about the fabric before I explain the project. As I said before I got it at Mood. I went to Mood knowing I wanted a 'statement' fabric for a simple skirt, a garment I could dress up or down.

Now, Mood has a small but great 'lace' section. Unfortunately, high quality lace in colors other than white and cream sells out really fast, but if you are flexible you are likely to find some gem pieces at a very reasonable price! This was the case with my beaded fabric too, as I was initially looking for dark solid-color guipure or Alencon lace.

THE SKIRT

As I am typing this post, the project is finished. As you see it is a straight skirt - simple project for complex fabric. I took pictures of the work-in-progress and will upload them as soon as I am back.

For now I will just finish this post with a quick note that this skirt is done all by hand (partly due to the absence of a sewing machine, and partly due to the nature of the fabric). It has only one, center back seam, with the most work gone into removing and resewing beads.

... AND THE STARRY NIGHTS

Please excuse me if I am very slow to answer your comments - I am currently in a picturesque place in South Tirol, in Italian Alps and the closest connection is a 30-min hike away. In fact, I am quite happy I am not distracted by internet as I truly enjoy the tranquility and the beauty surrounding us here. No music, no traffic, just pure nature, the Alps and the incredibly starry nights...

Let me just share this view from our terrace where I sew slowly, couple of hours a day while my younger daughter naps in our bed.


21 comments:

  1. Sounds very tranquil and relaxing, and what a gorgeous view. The skirt is lovely.

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  2. The skirt is stunning and I can't wait to see the construction pictures! Enjoy your vacation!!

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  3. Are you near the Dolomites? I am glad you were able to get away with the family and get some true peace and quiet. Great skirt.

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  4. love the skirt, your vacation sounds idyllic

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  5. Wow, the skirt is so beautiful! Enjoy your trip-- it sounds absolutely perfect!

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  6. The fabric reminds me more of an exceptionally starry night rather than of Sicily :) I'd like to see a close-up photo of the fabric though. Have a great holiday!

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  7. Enjoy your vacation. The skirt is just gorgeous!

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  8. This looks lovely! Looking forward to hearing about how you worked with the beaded fabric. Can you sit down without damaging it? Enjoy the rest of your break - it really is lovely to switch off sometimes :)

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  9. Love Sudtirol. If you pass by somewhere near Milan or Lake Maggiore drop me a line
    sewingprincess@bombardone.com I'd be happy meet up and to show you fabric shops

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  10. Wow...gorgeous and so elegant. I love the black top you've paired it with as well :) What a beautiful setting to hand sew in... I'm envious, and totally understand if you don't ever want to come back to blogging again... but you must, because I'm dying to see your progress photos! ;)

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  11. wow. i'm trying not to hate you, because i like you so very much....

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  12. Nice blog about footwear I like it
    really nice thanks for sharing Ballet pumps

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  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous!! Enjoy your holiday, it sounds so relaxing!

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  14. I love how you not only talk about the fashion, but the sewing too. It is important for people to realize that the little articles to the fancy high-end Lady Gaga outfits all came from people who can create them by their hands. With that, we can make...anything!!

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  15. The skirt is stunning! Enjoy your holiday and that view is breathtaking!

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  16. Love it, can't wait to see what you do next! Come check out my blog, maybe we can follow each other!
    Material Fixations

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  17. Truly amazing skirt. I shudder to think of the work that went into this gorgeous skirt.
    African Fabric |African Wax Print | African George Fabric

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