Post Punk?

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I spotted this gorgeous orange plaid/tartan* wool fabric in Abakhan quite some time ago, I stroked it and admired it, but at £10 a metre it was a teeny bit pricey for me, so I left green with envy at the lady buying several metres of it to make herself a coat.
Fast forward and on a recent shopping trip, I spotted the very last metre left on the roll and figured £10 was actually not at all too much to pay for enough fabric to make a skirt and I snapped it up.
I'd had an urge to make an asymetric wrap skirt for a while after spotting one in TKMaxx and several in Marks and Spencers.
I used my skirt block to draft the pattern. The back is one piece with waist darts and the front under wrap is one piece, while the overwrap is yoked. The skirt fastens at the right waist with a hidden button and at the front with an exposed open ended zip.
I cut the front wrap with the straight grain going vertically from the waist, but in retrospect that was a mistake, as the edge of the front wrap doesn't hang as nicely as I'd hoped.
Still a great skirt though, and has a kind of "post punk" vibe with the exposed zip. I wore it with my pleather biker jacket and my vegan dm's which I think works.
The offcuts of fabric made a cute beret too, but I'm not sure I can really get away with being so matchy matchy, so haven't braved wearing the two together yet, despite encouragement from India.




No doubt I will come back to this idea again soon. Despite it's flaws, this is one of my favourite skirts of this winter so far.

* So, is it plaid or tartan? I'm never completely sure, what do you think?

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14 comments

  1. Wow! Fab skirt. I love plaid....ooo, sometimes I call it tarten... Your beret is wonderful. Which pattern did you use?

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    1. I drafted the pattern for the skirt and the beret myself. For the beret I simply measured my head as a starting point, and played with it until it looked right.

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  2. Great skirt, definitely worth that Tenner! Love the zip really makes the skirt sing.

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    1. The zip is fab, I bought it in a job lot ages ago, I knew the right project would come along for it.

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  3. Love the skirt and say, wear it with the beret!

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    1. Thanks Rhonda, I will next time!

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  4. You look great ! the color is so Nice. You could gavé your beret, No problem !

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  5. A very stylish skirt - plaid is a great fabric for winter. The wrap front design with zip is fab. I love plaid/tartan and published a post 'Tartan Love' recently.

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    1. I will check out your tartan love post, sounds right up my street.

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  6. What a great skirt!

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  7. You would definitely rock matchy matchy! You look gorgeous x

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  8. Gorgeous, the skirt really suits you, love the asymmetric hem . Xx

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