Gia gave Mr Rat a funny look (below) - probably judging our very amateurish attempts at being photographer and model at the park. Gia wasn't a terribly willing model when we took these photos, despite her natural good looks. Well, hopefully we will get better and more confident as we go along?
This is my new brown cotton poplin skirt made from one of my very favorite patterns, vintage 1970s Simplicity 7880, made in a size 8. It is my most used pattern out of all the patterns I own. Over the past three years I have made versions in: dark brown cotton, the ochre version shown above and below, black cotton (two long, one mid-calf length), navy blue broadcloth, unbleached muslin, and white muslin. While experimenting with earlier versions, I found I could get a rather light and floating hem by not hemming the fabric at all, using the selvage edge for the bottom of the skirt while the cut edge is finished inside the waist-band. For this skirt I made a few small changes: I lengthened the pattern from the original a few extra inches and widened the waistband to 1 1/2 inches. I used waistband interfacing to make the waistband stiff so it doesn't roll when I sit down. For anyone who likes skirts with a flat rather than an elastic waistband, I highly recommend waistband interfacing. It is like having a built-in belt, but quite lightweight. You simply sew the waistband interfacing inside the waistband, making sure to secure the ends so it doesn't move around, rather than fusing interfacing to the fabric like most patterns direct. I buy mine by the yard at Michael Levine fabrics in Los Angeles.
In case you were wondering, I do wear straw hats most of the time when I go out. We walk a lot, and walking in the sun, especially in the summer, makes a hat necessary for comfort to keep the face and shoulders shaded. I do sometimes get asked if I am Amish, which makes me sad, since it shows so little knowledge of their lifestyle. My hat is in the style of the Amish, but that of an Amish man---Amish women would more likely be wearing a small fabric cap over their hair. While my clothes do tend towards the old-fashioned, they are not as plain as those who live the Plain Life.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.