This skirt is very quick and easy to construct. I made two alterations. The hembands are cut on the bias and I had only a small amount of fabric - left over from a friends curtains!! I cut the front band in one piece on the bias as per the pattern. The back band had to be cut in three pieces from the remaining scraps of fabric.
My other deviation was to include a lining, made without the pleats for a smoother fit. I will definitely make this skirt again in winter from a good wool and would consider interfacing the hem band. I didn't think to do this and it is a little lightweight in comparison to the rest of the garment.
I love my Israeli silver earring - a present from my DD who returned home
I have been giving quite a bit of consideration to my 'fashion image' for want of a better way of putting it. This was prompted in part by a newspaper rant from an 80 year old woman who wanted to buy smart casual clothes for a cruise trip. She was still looking for stylish clothing and was unable to find well fitting, age appropriate clothing that flattered the "shape I had struggled all my life to retain". It raised two questions in my mind "Would I still be interested in fashion at 80?" ANSWER probably yes and "What is age age appropriate for a woman of 52? I was a little less definitive about this.
The answers I came up with were:
- Block colours and low key prints
- A minimal palette for business - black, white, neutrals, red
- A little more adventure for casual wear - hence my journey into green for the kaftan.
- Well cut clothing with clean lines, not too body but no baggy sacks either
- Good quality accessories - people notice your shoes - they should be stylish, leather if possible and in good repair.
- Statement jewellery, but used sparingly.