Monday, July 21, 2014

Me-Made-Monday 3: Silk Faille Skirt


Dear readers, this post was especially difficult for me, as it comes at the time when the entire world is shocked about the brutal and cold-blooded crime over Ukrainian skies that took down a plane with almost 300 innocent people...

... I witnessed wars... and conflicts... and peace... and at some point your memories become like a sea glass, worn-down, with rounded edges and matt... Until something happens again and a sharp pain pierces you... Why am I writing this? I picked up sewing again shortly after Russian invasion in Georgia, in 2008, a short war that took life of a very dear friend of mine, a fellow journalist. Sewing helped me to cope with pain...

We, sewing folks, seem to make this world a little bit nicer, a little more creative; we manage to find a common language despite our often very different backgrounds. We cannot stop conflicts, but we make this place more bearable to live in. I hope.

Today, I would like to keep the details short. The skirt was made couple of years ago in Susan Khalje's class. It is a high-waisted silk faille skirt, with boned waist. The top was made by a friend in Macedonia, where we used to live seven years ago.

As for the backdrop, it is a German navy ship, one of the biggest, if not the biggest. We were invited to an event that took place on its deck, just where the helicopters stand. The ship, which was having a few-days stopover in the port of Limassol in Cyprus, was on its way to the final destination in Africa where it is now providing safety to ships carrying humanitarian cargo.



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22 comments:

  1. Lovely post. Nothing me-made today as movers are packing all of our stuff to move to Kyiv from Sao Paulo. This latest turn in the war in Ukraine is devastating. Your skirt is lovely, by the way.

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    1. Have a safe trip, Nicole! Quite a few friends of mine who lived in Kyiv loved the city and its people. Hope you'll enjoy the place despite the situation in the east!

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  2. Lovely skirt and I appreciate your thoughts on this tragic situation that just seems to get worse the more we know. I am sorry for you pain resurfacing. It must be so difficult.

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  3. I hope you found a little peace in writing your thoughts today. I found a little peace in reading it.

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    1. it did help indeed - and the comments here are just another proof that our sewing community is so much more humane!

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  4. The sea glass simile is spot on.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. Nothing like seeing sonething through the eyes of someone close to it.

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  6. This skirt is one of my favourite Marina makes :) You look gorgeous! I only hope that this disaster puts a thick full stop in this bloody war...sigh...

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    1. Inna, all these months, following the things unfold, listening to stories of friends who are there, or who travel there on regular basis - it peaks... you know... the nearest future will impact not only Ukraine but the rest of Europe, incl Georgia... I feel nervous, I pray for the violence to stop

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  7. That's a very touching post, Marina. My heritage is Ukrainian and I still practice many of the traditions in my own life. I'm so sorry to hear you've been touched by war in such a tragic way. I hope sewing brings you peace yet again - it has a funny way of doing just that. I love your skirt - beautiful in so many ways :)

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    1. Thanks Kat for relating! It would be great to hear more about your heritage, also in projection on your sewing. I seem to use more Russian references in my sewing (my mom is Russian, dad was Georgian), even though I feel and am Georgian. Politics aside, I think heritage can be a great source of inspiration

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    2. Hi there Marina,

      Sending hugs your way. As an Anglo Pole ( Mother was English, Dad/Tatus, Polish) and my closest friend from work days is Anglo/Ukraine, so the subject is constantly on my mind. The latest event has been devastating and touched many families around the world. I too, pray for peace................

      You have been very much on my mind this last week. I recognize your lovely skirt as I have it saved in my favourites bar. I am following many of the techniques as I am making the Burda high waisted skirt from 4/2014 magazine. Interesting welt shape and belt carriers. I am working the couture facing technique and need to practise the welts some more ( it will be a first making a welt pocket for me!!) before doing it on the real skirt...................medium/heavy weight cream linen.

      Oh, you may also be interested to learn that I was chatting to Alison Smith who you mentioned in a recent post. I live out in rural Lincolnshire, about an hour and a half a way from Alison so called to order some supplies from her.

      I would be interested to learn from you what you would use....................................the hair canvas is camel coloured so shows through. The cotton lawn suggested still gives me show through..........I have now gone on to purchase some cotton flannel, but many feel this will be too warm...........but I love the look of your skirt and how smooth the high waist is. By the time I finish this skirt, we will probably be into Autumn time!!

      Much love to you and thank you for sharing. Saldy too many of us have lost family members in times of war. We feel your pain and losss.

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  8. Lovely post Marina. I too have been struggling with the incredible loss of life. I think that for many of us, we are angry that it happened and angry that we have no power over the situation. In my personal life, I have been dealing with the death of someone that for some reason, I felt would always be there. But, this is life on earth, we never know what tomorrow will bring. So, while we can, be sure to kiss those you love, hold no grudges and be so very grateful for all that we have.
    I'm enjoying the MMMondays. I would like to start participating of you are going to continue to do this post.

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  9. JOHN 12:44-50 44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

    Just wanted to share the word of God with you or anyone reading today and I pray that if you don't know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that you will seek Him and repent and give your life to Him today. He died on the cross to pay for our sins so that we don't have to. He died for us and took the punishment we deserved as sinners against God so that we would not have to endure hell. And He did so because He loves us. And I pray again that today you will leave sin behind and give Christ a chance in your life. He is the only way to eternal life(heaven) and He is waiting with open arms for you. God bless :o)

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  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful words today. I went to bed feeling sad and troubled after a conversation with an unempathetic acquaintance, and I felt like kindness and hope are evaporating into thin air. But your words have reminded me that we're able to create bonds, connections, and beauty, even if all around us there's so much pain and ugliness. Thanks for making this corner of the internet a better place.

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