Image via WikipediaAbout a week ago I was browsing in a thrift store and found a broderie anglaise skirt. This picture shows the cut work and white on white embroidery of typical broderie anglaise, although the skirt I bought was all lace not just the edging. The skirt had lots of material but the waist was for Twiggy, but I bought it and have cut it down for a cotton slip. I have been trying to buy a cotton slip for a while because the polyester ones make one perspire when the temperatures get high, as it will in Mexico, but I haven't been able to find one, slips are getting harder to find anyway, it seems. I made it like a skirt with panels and a zip, partly because I needed to fit my paper pattern to my measurements and this skirt only cost me $2 so if I goofed it was no great loss. I don't seem to have standard measurements so buying clothes is a pain and I have to adjust patterns. The slip fits great so now I have to mark my paper pattern so I will know what to do next time I want to make a skirt. I will have to do the same for a top so I will go in search of a blouse fabric I like and then mess about with it until I get the right measurements. I have narrow shoulders and back but all goes before me, so to speak so, if I buy blouses to fit the prow the shoulders are almost to my elbows (slight exagerration, but you get the idea) or if I get something that fits nicely everywhere else I can't do it up. Plus my arms are a bit shorter than average.. Woe is me I am an oddity.
So far I have made this plus three skirts, two blouses and altered a few other items to fit better. I have still got a pair of capri pants and a blouse to make and that is probably it for now. I used to sew a fair bit when the kids were little but I haven't sewn anything in years so I have to relearn some techniques. When I was a teenager, one summer vacation, my father enrolled me in a tailoring course given in French, he figured he could get twice as much bang for his buck. Whatever I learned there has long fallen by the wayside. I don't tailor and I don't speak French.