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Bridget Tagwynn’s Habble Skirt
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The "Aeronaut's Windlass" by Jim Butcher is part of his Cinder Spires series. It is set in a fanciful steampunk world where people live in spires (basically each spire is a country and each level, or habble, of the spire is like a region or state and all is overseen by the Spirearc. My character is Bridget Tagwynn, Daughter of House Tagwynn. She is a hard working person, and technically a noble but does not like the other noble children because as she put it, Bridget "works for a living". Due to a series of events, Bridget is teamed up other noble children to work for the Spirearc, who cannot trust his current guard because there is a traitor and Bridget and her friends are new recruits to the guard. The setting indicates maybe the 1890s and Bridget, being a practical person, would wear something simple on her undercover mission. She is also used to working so would not want a lot of skirt getting in the way. This is why I chose the walking skirt. I wanted to do a full outfit with a bolero becasue Jim Butcher mentions bolero jackets FREQUENTLY. However, I finished the skirt to the best of my ability.
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I did not make the shirt in the picture. I only made the skirt.
I used plaid cotton flannel for the fashion fabric and cotton broadcloth for the liner. I used the Truly Victorian walking skirt pattern.
The biggest issues was time. I over estimated how much I would be able to get done in 6 weeks, which is when I decided to enter. I have been BINGING CosTubers since July when I stumbled onto Bernadette Banner's YouTube. Honestly this community has been the greatest resource for me. I watched her vidoes on walking skirt's and Cathy Hay's green skirt video about 50 times to figure out pockets, which I made twice. First the pear and then the bag because I couldn't figure out the pear. Noelle from Costuming Drama gave me permission to have compassionate goals, so I didn't quit when I realized that I would not be able to do the bolero also and just focused on the skirt. I felled the inside seams because I want the inside to look pretty and I made sure that the front center panel was symetrical by pinning down the red line in the plaid and matching up the cross lines. I made the waistband 3 times. I hate waistbands. I wanted a thicker waistband so I whipstitched 2 lengths of tape together and encased it in the fasion fabric which I whipped onto the skirt.