I have major Ostrich Syndrome (OS). When faced with unpleasantness, I simply bury my head in the sand and drift off to my happy place.
It’s a coping mechanism of sorts, that explains how I still managed to dance to ♫ “Ijo Shina” ♫ in my car (thank you 90.9 FM), wiggling with enthusiasm beneath the seat belt on my way to work, while relentless Lagos Traffic was (with a smirk, no less) gleefully wasting scarce petrol that I grudgingly purchased at the black market, “chai!”- inducing premium price.
Why the daughter of the village goldsmith still goes about without earrings, is the riddle that is Nigerian crude oil.
Now, imagine if I got all ‘Job in the Bible‘-like and patiently sorted through all the unpleasantness, perhaps I’ll find the allegedly missing $20 billion dollars under my bed (I’m certain that the finder’s fee would be worth the creak in my waist) or I’d have even eureka-rized and found a way to miraculously turn tap water into petrol!
Stay with me, still crouched underneath my bed, I might have also found the limited edition Titanium Remote Motion Control- “The iClick” (@Apple Inc. hint, hint)- that’d allow me to magically freeze all the Senators during their free-for-all fights, simply by pressing the pause button.
*CLICK* Clenched fists suspended in motion, Flung chairs mid-air (à la The Matrix), Mace floating in the air like a deity, even the ones engaged in a scuffle, grabbing the front of each others agbadas, would seem as though locked in a tight embrace, in that frozen state. 😀
Anyway, personally, I think that skirts are very flattering to all female shapes. I made this two-tone inverted box pleats midi skirt using duchesse fabric in 2 colours. I purchased one yard of each (36 by 60- inch yardage).
I pre-washed the gold fabric before sewing to test how the badly or not the colour would run, and I was pleased that it didn’t run at all.
Multi-colour pleating, which is basically inverted pleating with a separate underlay, requires precise measurement, knowing when one colour should start and end. Most importantly, the width/ number of pleats must be planned with the dimension of one’s waist (plus wearing ease) in mind.
My sewing machine was threaded with both gold and off-white threads, so that the stitch colours matched the respective fabrics.
I enjoy the logic of algebra and will use simple equations to describe the sewing dynamics of inverted box pleats:
- If the desired number of box pleats is 20
- And waist dimension is W
- Then, width per tucked-in box pleat= W/20
- Structure of spread-out box pleat= Inner pleat(2/3) + Outer pleat (1/3)
- Inner pleat = 2 x W/20
- Outer pleat= 1 x W/20
- So, total width per spread-out box pleat= 1/2 outer pleat+ inner pleat + 1/2 outer pleat.
In this case, the outer pleats were off-white and the inner (underlay) pleats gold.
The skirt was hemmed before giving the pleats a firm pressing. I used a narrow satin ribbon to tape the hem edge, folded once and sewed. I’d considered using the double-turned hemming technique but decided not to, it would have been rather bulky as the fabric has some volume. An invisible zipper was attached at the centre back seam, which happened to be the only actual seam, not taking into account the bi-colour panels.
I enjoyed making this skirt, sewing was a breeze, the real task was cutting 41 (yes, forty-one) precisely measured strips and pressing 82 seams open.
No pain, no gain, abi? 😉