Since last season, I’ve been wanting to make a 70’s inspired front button denim skirt. I never did get around to drafting my own pattern, and I saw the Pauline Alice Rosari skirt which had lots of cute options and great reviews So I bought the instant download. There is definitely something top be said for being able to make a project without delay when inspiration strikes. I can’t even count how many time I was inspired to make a certain thing but shelved the idea because I didn’t have fabric or pattern on hand. The idea just floated away somewhere, replaced by something new. Fickle seamstress that I am.
The making of this skirt went smoothly. I was in between a size 38 and 40. My denim was very stiff with no stretch at all., so I chose to make the size 40 and ZI’m glad I did because it’s very snug! I definitely will not be putting this skirt in the dryer. The denim was bought several months ago at my local Fabric shop ion Ventura called Fabric Town. It’s by Robert Kaufman. The snaps were found online at Wawak. After seeing how expensive jean snaps were at Joann , I found these for much less and they come in packets of twelve,making them perfect for a project for you. The Dritz jeans buttons at JoAnn only come in packets of two.
The only change to the pattern was adding three inches to the hem, and cutting the back on the fold instead of having a seam. I would have left the back seam if the pattern had a back back yoke, giving the skirt a real jeans look. I didn’t see the point of the back seam without it going into a yoke. The directions were well written and I look forward to making this skirt again for me and also for Lily. It’s a keeper!
The top is my third Chai by Liesl & Co. I used a fabric from Alexander Henry with a Day Of The Dead theme and little drawings of a Frida Kahloesque character on it. I love how the top turned out,with its orange yoke, but was promptly notified by my fourteen year old that I wasn’t allowed to wear this print because we’re not Mexican, and wearing this fabric is a form of cultural re- appropriation.
I thought of all the pretty dresses and items to wear in my closet that I have bought on trips in the past. An embroidered Huipil from Mexico, A Dirndl from Germany, a beret and a Mariniere from France. A straw hat from Puerto Rico. Fisherman pants from Thailand. Am I not allowed to wear these items either, for fear of offending someone native to that culture? And what about the local economies in the countries that produce the fabric or clothing and rely on tourists buying them for their livelihood? If everyone stopped buying things to wear from cultures other than their own, those people would go out of business.What about the native American jewelry I have? I’m 1/4 Native American, but yet not affiliated with any tribe.
While I do think it’s important to be respectful of other cultures, without cultural references, fashion becomes a very boring place as so many collections are inspired by other cultures. Think Yves saint Laurent in the seventies.
But yes, I do agree that maybe this fabric crosses the line, and is a bit too kitschy and takes a sacred practice, that of honoring our dead on the day of All souls, November 1, and turning it into something kitschy and cutesy. Trivializing it. And also, it’s a clear example of a company making money off another culture, I believe Alexander Henry is a British company. But no, I didn’t think about any of these things when I bought the fabric. So I’m glad now that my daughter brought up the subject and made me think about it.
What do you think?