**This post was victim to an annoying bloglovin glitch that meant only one picture and no text actually showed up! Comments seemed to attach to an individual image rather than the post, so aren’t displayed here ever. Would be really grateful if the people who have already taken the time to comment could have a quick look and answer the questions at the bottom! Sorry for this weirdness!**
You have no idea how glad I am that this project is finished! Our GCSE textiles brief was to create a quality product inspired by an art movement, and I’m very happy with how my Art Deco pieces turned out. Completed 10 days before the deadline with only the powerpoint to go now, woo! 😀
I’ll save the real knitterly details for ravelry, but basically I knitted the main body of the skirt in rib, with travelling stitch details at the front and back and shell-like openwork lace panels at either side. The waist shaping I just made up as I went along (not selling this pattern so no need to keep track!), and I created a sun-ray pattern with ribbing at the lower back.
Obviously I tried on the skirt multiple times throughout the process, but it did look veryyyy tiny off the needles and unstretched. Thankfully I’d chosen Rowan Calmer yarn which is quite elastic, so it clings nice and tightly whilst still fitting over my shoulders to wiggle in. I’m pretty, ahem, curvy, in the behind (read ‘I have a big bum’) so I deliberately worked the shaping and details differently at the front and back to accommodate haha!
In an attempt to lighten my workload I went for a really simple style of cropped top, and followed a basic bodice pattern from school. We have to make as high a quality product as possible, so I chose to line my top completely and topstitch all the seams. In hindsight I could’ve used a couple more darts for a neater fit at the back neck, but otherwise I think I did ok for my first proper sewn-from-scratch garment! To link the two separates together (examiners like that stuff y’know) I drew another Art Deco inspired pattern onto tracing paper, then pinned and hand embroidered the design onto either side of the zip, using various stitches.
The panels down the side are supposed to be reminiscent of the Chrysler Building, and the lines of the whole skirt inspired by the architecture of the time.
(Shoes are a H&M pair from a couple of years ago)
Now I could do with some input from you! For the final part of my coursework I need to evaluate my product, and it would be really helpful if you could answer a few questions for me. I’d really appreciate even just one or two. 🙂
- Would you wear these pieces together?
- Would you wear either piece separately?
- What occasion would you say the outfit is suitable for?
- Is the Art Deco inspiration evident?
- Do you think the colours would suit your skintone?