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Fenland Skirt

I spend most of my time in either Cambridge or Norfolk, but at the weekends, it's Norfolk and as this is the only opportunity when I can take photos, this week I've done a Norfolk Fenland inspired skirt. There's a pleat and a tie belt in there, which I hope to photo soon (my camera batteries ran out on the 'photoshoot'!) but at least you can see the fabric against the local architecture, the brown is known as 'carrstone' and is found all over this area. I'm standing outside the local church on the only hill for miles, surrounded by the town and fenland stretching out into the distance. Just to finish up, I bought the fabric in the local store - I think it's beautiful, all embroidery and appliqued bits of corduroy and taffeta etc with bits of gold thread shot through. I think it looks like farmers fields or allotments! It was only £6.50 per metre, of which I used 2.

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Comment by Judy Roberson on March 13, 2011 at 1:15pm

Hi Marguerite,

   I love, love the skirt.. That fabric is beautiful .You did a great job.. and it really looks nice on you.

Beautiful,beautiful inspiration picture..

Comment by charlotte tilley on March 13, 2011 at 1:50pm
You have a hill! Wow! I'm jealous..... and what lovely fabric, great idea, it does look like fields (in a good way) x
Comment by Debbie on March 13, 2011 at 1:55pm
Great fabric - you will get heaps of wear out of this skirt, lovely!!
Comment by margueritedesigns on March 13, 2011 at 3:33pm
Thanks all! 
Comment by Casey Sew on March 13, 2011 at 5:54pm
looks fab! Gorgeous colours on you. Such interesting fabric and it matches the stone so well!
Comment by Melissa on March 13, 2011 at 7:30pm
I love this!  You're right -- the skirt is reminiscent of the country.  And it coordinates so well with that lovely church!  I have plenty of hills where I live, but few beautiful churches!
Comment by charlotte powell- brooks on March 14, 2011 at 1:47am
this is your best yet. It's really artistic and suits you so much, you look fab! Your photo shoot shows it off beautifully.
Comment by margueritedesigns on March 14, 2011 at 2:49am
Thanks Charlotte - I think I am being 'me' with this project instead of trying to be someone else, or being too influenced. Thanks also Casey, Amanda and Melissa! Amanda - yes, the local 'vernacular' is interesting here!
Comment by charlotte powell- brooks on March 14, 2011 at 12:55pm
I know what you mean, I get caught up in lots if ideas but want to stay true to what I would wear aswell, a hard task with so many lovely projects going on.
Comment by Jen on March 14, 2011 at 10:26pm
great piece of fabric and I love what you've done with it. I love seeing the patchwork of fields from the air. The land looks like velvet and corduroy with mirrors of lakes and when the light gleams on them, it's just wonderful.

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