Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Items in Depth - Gold Tucked Skirt

Gold Tucked Skirt

This is the first of many new posts which will look in depth at items available from Tailor of Two Cities.  The idea is give you guys a closer look at the materials used, sewing techniques, and even the inspiration behind each of my pieces.

See more after the break.

Pleats and Victorian clothing have always gone together.  From the subtle drapes on the back of riding jackets to the immense bustling on a ladies skirt, the effect is always achieved with pleats.

I've loved the look of pleats my entire adult life, choosing them over gathering any time I can.  Since branching into Steampunk attire, I've included pleating as detail work into a significant chunk of my items.

For this skirt I wanted a look that spoke to the style of Victorian clothing, but was streamlined and simpler.  Something a working woman, like an airship mechanic, might wear.  Interesting and feminine, but up and out of the way.  The outcome, this skirt specifically, turned out to be one of my favorite items I make.

I found this gold material at a fabric store in my hometown, and fell in love immediately.  All of the designs are woven into a cotton/poly blend, and the hardest part about making the skirt was deciding which side to use!  In the end I decided to use the side that spoke best to my original intentions for the skirt as clothing for the empowered Steampunk woman.  The side that faces out has matte finish, with tiny designs flowing through it in glossy gold.

However, this is the very last of this material and I have no source for new bolts.  Once it's gone, it's gone.

Sewing Techniques:
The inside of the skirt is lovingly finished with my serger, to prevent any fraying of material.  There are only two seams in the skirt, both under lines of tucking, to give the skirt a flawless exterior.  The pleats themselves are stitched down twice, through the entirety of the pleated material, to give them strength.  The pleats are actually stronger than the material itself, so no minor accidents (like someone stepping on your skirt) will cause them to pop.

The top and bottom of the skirt are both rolled hems, preventing any fraying, and giving a polished and professional finish to the skirt when viewed from any angle.  A drawstring is run through the top, and comes out at the center of the skirt for easy tying.  This skirt itself will expand up to 90 inches so is an item for any woman.  The gathers allow you to adjust the pleats to their optimum position, each on the center or outside of your legs.

I hope this gave you a bit more insight into the behind the scenes production at Two Cities, and I certainly hope you love this skirt as much as I do!


P.S.  I almost forgot.  The skirt is available in both my Artfire and Etsy stores.

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