Fashion Revolution, Chevron Patch Skirt

It has been rather hectic the past 2 months, sewing, working and home renovations.

Back in January, I had been wondering what to do with my sample sews and had considered taking a stall again at the market. I also wanted to do something for Fashion Revolution week. I find fashion revolution week (when viewed in the context of sewing)  rather poignant as there was a time when sewing and sewing machines represented a type of freedom for women as they got their own machines and worked as home sew-ers, and now these sewing machines ‘enslave’ so many other women ( With fast fashion you trap a generation of young women into poverty. 75 million people are making our clothes today. 80% is made by women who are only 18 – 24 years old. – forbes)

So I thought I would approach one of the shops I frequent, Cope Charity Shop.

Cope Charity Shop is really beautifully presented, and you have to remind yourself you are in a charity shop as it is laid out so well, it really has a boutique-shop feel, and they take great care in the shop with the displays, I always admire how fancy it always looks. They also have a reduced rail (€1 rail) where I buy a lot of clothes from, and I asked if they would like to have these makes and sell them in fashion revolution week.

Luckily, Allison Currah, the manager, liked the idea. I gave her the general idea of what I had (mainly blue and white makes). Allison kindly arranged everything else including the display and the publicity,  and arranged some great photos of the makes. This is one of the press releases here. Cope Charity Shop have also been doing daily tips this week for fashion revolution – which I think is great as I think the fashion revolution message is a rather dour message in the face of so many bright cheap clothes.

Allison had previously offered un-sale-able denims, which I originally was reluctant to take (they were the ‘synthetic’ indigo and cheaper forms), but ended up re-evaluating this, and though using this denim would be a good challenge and also a more realistic upcycle that the choicer pieces in wool that I normally nab at the charity shop.

So I drafted up a patchwork skirt. I originally planned a few different types but thought in the end to stick to one and make a few.  I adapted a skirt block by moving some darts to make equal size panels and then adding a 45 degree cut. As its denim the bias angle is stable, and I like these skirts made up either as a high contrast sew, or a tonal.

I made 6 extra denim pieces for the event, although I had planned about 12! 4 patch skirts, one Anna Sui Vogue and a Chevron dress. I also was time poor and with builders on the way to renovate our home so in the end.

The pattern for this is on craftsy for free download, with the sewing instructions. I did not get to take many photos of the process but I do hope the ones I have with the directions are clear enough to follow. The pattern does not have seam allowance in it, and have each panel on an A4 sheet so it will be easier to download, size and add seam allowance (I hope).

front and back 1

Its a nice sew (I think) as it was a tidy cut as each piece is small, and it lends itself to being sewn in stages, which is rather handy as I was distracted by all building works

Home Renovations – Not too much to say on this, except someone who lives in this house and is not me, who thought it a good idea to live in a house while builders were in excavating, and putting up steel and tearing out bathrooms and kitchen leaving a fine layer of dust everywhere (including my lungs) . I now feel like Lady Macbeth constantly cleaning my hands any chance I get.

Most of it has been fine but there were a few shockers (bathroom joists were failing fast –  The builder did comment, that it was most unusual, and he never saw one so rotted through, like all the way rotted……, and from his tone, I  don’t believe this was seen as an achievement in any shape or form.)

Now its all coming away, I am distracted by the wallpaper underneath…. and I do hope in 2 weeks time it will be hot and cold water, and no more takeaways…….

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Fashion Revolution, Chevron Patch Skirt

  1. Eliz~ says:

    Oh my! The skirts are works of art! Beautiful!

    I love old wallpaper. At our house (Minnesota/USA) the wall paper was papered over and painted so heavily over there was no glimpse of design. :o(

    We just recently removed wall paper I put up in the late 80s early 90s. No painting over for me. Our house is over 150 years old so rot here and there – no escape.
    How old is your house? We don’t have many houses that are over 150 years in our area of the US. So to have bought one so old was a surprise to us. Its nothing fancy and was quite beat when we bought it. Built ins removed. We added on to the front and back. We’ve loved the house. :o)

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    • upsew says:

      Thank you Eliz – our house is about 100 years old, we bought it 4 years ago and are now doing the major works – it had been a student rental for a long time so was pretty rough (and dingy) so planning and saving for the last while. The house I grew up in was 200 years old so I always seem to feel at home in an older house – the plasterer was horrified that we are keeping the old doors and door frames – and I think if we get rid of them we are losing the connection of the house (as the house has few original features as they were ripped out in the 70s).

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    • upsew says:

      Thanks – it has gotten a great reaction and I am glad I made it. Its a bit ‘cooler’ that the stuff I would normally make, in that I would normally make for me and I am rather conservative, so it was good to sew for a fictitious someone else!

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    • upsew says:

      I think I knew there would be dust but am still overwhelmed with the works, the kitchen has now moved to my workroom but hopefully only for 2 weeks, and I can barely cope with a cat trying to get in and dont have small children about – how did you do it? and feed them ? (we have run out of freezer dinners so its ready meals)
      Denim skirt I hope is not too tricky as I promised I would do a workshop soon in them locally – I did find them a relaxing sew personally as I wasnt racing towards the finish as I normally do – and sewed in stages.

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