Note: i have two of these on separate listings. This is the chartreuse and lilac one, the other is brown and periwinkle (last photo). This listing is for the chartreuse and lilac skirt only. These were such a terrific find. They have been made by the same person and once i started playing about with them, i realised you can wear them in so many ways.Essentially they are like an apron and that is one way you can wear them. The best bit is they are one size fits all. As you can see, there is a narrow gap on my mannequin with a 25 inch waist. If you have a smaller waist, you will have very little gap and if you have a larger waist, the gap is bigger. That is if you are wearing this as an overskirt. An overskirt would have the gap at the front and be worn over something else. I have shown it over a pencil skirt here, and an evening dress with the brown skirt. It can also be worn over pants, trousers, shorts, a full skirt. I don't know about you, but i love and overskirt.
I think they just add a whole new dimension to any outfit. Dries van noten has featured overskirts and every time i see a picture of them, i love it. It can also be worn as a cape.
The ties are super long and are a silk taffeta shot ribbon. They can be tied at the front with very long tails. Or you can wind them to the back with still quite long tails or you can wind them all the way around to the front again for a deeper looking waistband and short tails. The structure of the skirt is simple. It has a waistband of 22 inches (excluding the ties).Attached to the waistband is the skirt and it is sewn in tiny gathers at the waist so it has a bit of fullness. The waist band is 1 inch deep and the skirt another 30 inches deep so this is a below knee or mid calf length depending on your height. There is a small hem that cannot be let down, but it can be made shorter if wished. The fabric length at the hem is 59 inches so you can see that there is some fullness in the skirt and due to the fabric and construction it will hang away from the body in a slight a-line shape. The fabric is a shot brocade, probably silk.
The pattern is pure jazz age art deco - an abstract and almost cubist floral bouquet design. The two thread colours are chartreuse and violet which you can see on the floral pattern.But there the warp and the weft combine on the background, it has the effect of paling the violet to lilac. As with most brocades, the opposite side is just as beautiful but in reverse so the background colour is pure chartreuse. I would like to say this is reversible but it isn't quite. The turned up hem is neat enough on the backside and had that just been the issue then this would be reversible but there is a seam that runs down the centre. It it tidy as both the seam and the edges make use of the selvedge. And it may be quite hidden in the fold of the fabric when worn, but it is there and it is noticeable so it was not intended to be reversible. The skirt is in excellent condition. This is undoubtedly hand made, but done well. There is a tiny amount of fluffiness at the edge of the waistband where some of the threads on the floral design have rubbed. It is nothing major and you don't see it unless you are looking for it. Also there is a small tear in one of the ties. I will sew this up before i send it out.
There are a few other pin size holes in the same section of ribbon that i will leave as they are tiny. The ribbon is silk and i wondered if they were the start of deterioration, but the ribbon feels and looks strong.
Overall, this is in lovely shape and such a terrific item that is rare to find, especially in an open size. Please zoom in on photos to see condition.
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