Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Theme Post: Maxi Skirts


The December 1 theme on Sophistique Noir is Maxi Skirts. My first forays into goth fashion were in the tradgoth, romantigoth and similar styles, and I wore long skirts frequently. I pulled a couple from the depths of my closet to feature here. But first, let's look at the practical side of maxi skirts - warmth!

Maxi skirts are great in the winter because you can pile on layers underneath for warmth. Of course, if you've spent more than five minutes on my blog, you've heard me complaining that I get hot too easily (particularly at work, where my office is holding steady at about 80F every day). Nonetheless, I do have an idea to share: bloomers made of flannel-back satin. Satin is great for bloomers because your skirt will slide freely over them, not get bunched or twisted, and the flannel side will keep you toasty warm!

Bloomers are not hard to sew. Bloomer patterns are available; you can also modify a pant pattern by cutting it shorter and adding elastic to the bottom. Elastic-waist pants are often included in sportswear patterns, which will also give you other pieces such as a jacket or dress.

And now, let's look at two maxi skirts from deep within my closet!

My mom made this black and silver velvet skirt for me many years ago when I was first discovering goth fashion. She lengthened it significantly so it would be ankle length. She deserves extra credit for that task - with the swirly seams, it must have been a challenge! I wore this skirt so many times that it began to stretch out and hang wonky. It no longer fits me well (darn hips), so a hanger photo will have to suffice.

Someday, I will replicate this skirt. I don't know what pattern Mom used; I'm sure it's long out of print. I have two similar patterns in my stash - Butterick 5042, which I just discovered is out of print :( and Simplicity 2416, which has a similar swirl style and is currently available.
Butterick 5042: Out of print :(
Here's another skirt Mom made me. It's purple satin with a black lace overlay and additional purple "wings" on the sides. As usual, my camera refuses to photograph purple properly and does no justice to this beautiful skirt.

Again, I don't know what pattern Mom used, though I know it included a top. I wore the outfit at Convergence 6 in Seattle, where I saw Peter Murphy perform. :) I discovered later that someone snapped a photo of me while I was waiting to get into the club. (I have a bandage on my neck because I'd been "decapitated" as part of the costume.)


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  1. You look awesome in that photo! Aaaah, Peter Murphy in Seattle - perfection!

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    1. Thanks! The club event was purported to be a seance to raise the spirit of Batwing Candlewax (I think that was the name), but then surprise! - it was Peter Murphy on stage. People in the audience were crying. It was crazy. :)

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  2. Wow that black and purple skirt is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I tried so hard to get a better photo...

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  3. The purple and black skirt is beautiful! The sewing gene has been passed down from mom to daughter, apparently? :o)

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    1. Yeah, I guess so. :) I grew up watching Mom sew, and eventually I began teaching myself. I still have a long way to go before I master the difficult fabrics like satin and velvet as well as Mom!

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  4. Those swirl patterns looks fabulous I'm sure you will do something lovely with theese. The purple skirt is so nice. Lovely to see you in this outfit.

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  5. That purple skirt your mom made is amazing *_*! And you look very good in it :)

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  6. Your mom rocks!!! You really must recreate that silver and black skirt. It's so gorgeous!!

    Great suggestions about the bloomers - I love the flannel-backed satin idea and using an elastic waist pant pattern.

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    1. Mom was always great about letting me be me and even sewing clothes for me in my preferred style. :)

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  7. The last dress your wearing that your mother sewed for you, it looks a lot like a dress pattern I saw its a simplicity 8750. Maybe that's the pattern she used?

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    1. Could be. Simplicity 8750 certainly looks like it.

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  8. i actually have this pattern ... maybe one day I will use it.. to many projects not enough time.. I love what your monther did with it though.. very beautiful..

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