It’s been a really mild winter and a slow transition from the cooler temperatures to the warmer air and bright sun that tells you summer is coming. It’s on it’s way though and if you haven’t been to Scotland yet, you’ll appreciate the nicer (and cooler) weather more, no matter how small a change you get with the changing seasons. One of the things I like most about Edinburgh is the colder temperatures, unlike the intense heat and high humidity of living in Hong Kong or South East Asian countries where fans or ACs are a staple in every household, shop as well as shopping centre. Here, it’s central heating that is a staple.
I’ve been a bit lax in working on my projects, whether it be jewellery making or dressmaking, since the jewellery making classes finished a couple of weeks ago. I managed to finish my first labradorite ring and do most of the work on the etched sterling silver cuffs my friends asked me to make for them with the filigree lily design. I’ve also got new gemstones that I’m quite excited about setting, some of which I’ve already got plans for.
Cushion cut prehnite, blue sapphire cabochon and lilac Brazilian amethyst – stones I need to set into rings for my next jewellery projects
Newly purchased citrine, blue and pink sapphire cabochons
As I’ve noticed before, having a workshop where all the tools were available was quite handy, now that I’m trying to set up a workshop at home, I’m noticing how I always end up lacking something else when I think I’m ready to start. It’s slowly but surely coming together though! For the time being, seeing as how the weather seems to be turning warmer, I’ve found the motivation to start working on the summer midi skirt that I cut the pieces for, but haven’t started assembling yet.
Cut pieces of knit jersey and marbled cotton for my midi skirt projects
I’d already finished and worn the knit jersey midi skirt because it was heavier in weight, it was more suitable for the cooler weather, but with summer approaching, I’d quite like to get started (and finish) the marbled pink fabric because it’s a real good pick me up to brighten the mood for summer. I’ve also found inspirations from high street retailers on how this could be worn.
Black and white geometric stripe midi skirt, £35 from River Island
Mae striped midi skirt, £110 from Coast
Mint green Dionysus midi skirt, £75 from Coast
Cream floral print waffle texture midi skirt, £19.99 from New Look
Natural floral Rita midi skirt, £125 from Coast
White abstract stamp print full midi skirt, £35 from River Island
Floral Helsinki midi skirt, £115 from Coast
Apricot navy belted midi skirt, £25 from New Look
Navy floral embroidered A-line midi skirt, £40 from River Island
Dressing it up with a pair of heels would be great, it helps elongate the legs (for 5’5″ me) and with a higher waisted skirt, can give the illusion that you’re taller. The great thing about making your own skirt is that you can decide where you want the hem to fall. I already mentioned before how it’s an issue for me to just walk into a store and buy a midi skirt, because I’ve got shorter legs and a longer torso, the hem usually falls to mid-calf which ends up making me look dwarfed. As before, I like having the hem fall to just below my knee. I’m past the age where wearing short skirts and shorts to show off my figure as the young’uns do these days, I don’t feel the need to flaunt myself.
I’m at the stage where I want to wear clothes that flatter my figure without appearing too revealing. I prefer skirt hems to fall just above my knee, preferably below the knee cap, only because I find a fitted bodice and waist with a full skirt that doesn’t reveal to much can flatter your figure more than revealing too much of yourself. Not exposing too much skin to the elements (and to the wandering eyes of the opposite sex) also holds a certain appeal.
As always, I’ll post photos of my finished summer midi skirt once this is done!