|David in his kilt, casual mode.|
- First decision - I decided to make a toile. Using tartan but not ours. A much cheaper option. Reasons - I've never tried to match a plaid - well I've just realised that's not true - the skirt above as a slight plaid effect, what do you know! Anyway, I've never made a successful pleated skirt (I did try a skirt with a front pleat way back), and couldn't be sure that the size would fit.
- Second decision - I decided to make a full pleated skirt.
- Third decision - I wasn't going to use a pattern.
|Showing the waist section; machine basting along waistline and hand-basting 3 inches down|
- I think the skirt will be too big. Not sure, as there is a lot of bulk at the waist. It's certainly too big on the dress form.
- I don't know how long to make it.
- The red pleats and the green pleats are not the same width.
- How to work with wool
- How to pleat
- The importance of planning the whole garment before you start. I'd I had stated the pleats differently, the closure would have worked but not as I did it.
- The confidence of working without a pattern
- The stuck feeling when I don't have a pattern to hold my hand!
- The sinking feeling when my tutor doesn't have ‘the answer’!
- I'm rather to hung up on researching methods and practising on samples and over-thinking rather than just doing. This was an attempt to just do.
|On the form, tacking still in place|
|On the form, tacking removed. Are the pleats too wide/|
|Again, although the skirt is too big at the waist on the form, I couldn't get it closed properly at the side. |
You can perhaps just see the top stitching
|McCall's 7022, view B - I like this view and bought the pattern after seeing it|