The skirt part is composed of rows of French seamed circular flounces, originally developed but rejected as a “Super Sempstress” cape for my Foundation Degree final collection, which means it’s been residing in the box since 2007. The top part’s origin is unknown, probably brought back from a scavenging mission at Anne Kings. It’s a Kimono shape with delicate white on white cutwork which had been removed from a very damaged gathered straight skirt. The cutwork is machine made but the rest of the garment had been constructed with perfectly regular hand stitching. The Empire Line join had a hand sewn feather stitch to reinforce and secure the seam allowances and once my clear out is finished I’ll recreate it. The Obi belt, in case you’re interested, is a lovely buttery soft grey leather which I’ve owned so long I’ve forgotten where it’s from.
It’s been a busy Summer at House of Jo. I’m near the end of a Busman’s Holiday of sorts and have been working on a project with my colleague Andrew Richards which will be released into the wild in S/S 12. In the meantime, here’s a cuff and cuff guard construction worksheet lying fallow on my hard drive.