When I entered Mood few weeks ago I knew I wanted to make a tailored skirt. Quick look in tweeds and suitings, and I found a perfect match for the style. But so it happens that I can never just buy fabric without exploring the store, in the quest for those one-of-a-kind designer pieces you probably won’t find anywhere else. I really hoped this time there was nothing that would distruct me from that perfect skirt I conceived in my mind…
When one of the Mood employees asked me whether he could help me with anything, I mumbled ‘Er, paisley?’ Why did I say paisley? I have no idea. Maybe it was Fall 2012 collection by Etro that I loved? Or the earlier Etro collections?
…”We have something,” I was told. “Possibly, Etro.” Here – my skirt dreams, fading away, rapidly. Fifteen minutes later and I was walking out of Mood as a proud owner of three yards of this gorgeous fabric.
I was not sure what I was going to make with it. It is a medium to heavy weight and is perfectly suitable for jackets or coats. The large-scale pattern itself is quite prominent, so it was important to keep the style as simple as possible, with minimum design elements. At the end I decided to make a simple cropped jacket with a three-quarters sleeve.
I am quite happy with the outcome. Matching and tailoring took longer than expected, but at the end I had my perfect wardrobe staple that I could wear with my favorite black pants or jeans.
By the way, couple of days ago I passed by Mood again and saw the bolt with my paisley fabric. I thought it would actually make a great winter stole, lined with silk, or contrasting wool…