"What the..." I hear you saying. I know, I know. Bear with me. And YES I know, that skirt doesn't look waterproof in the slightest. That's because it's not. And yes I know it's VERY pink. Hold your horses, though, as there's method in my madness.
So I've been working on (or meaning to work on) a waterproof riding skirt for donkeys' years (the puns just keep on coming today). Or a couple of months at least.
Someone tagged me in a post way back when saying they'd seen a waterproof riding skirt for sale in America or some such far away land costing about the price of a luxury equestrian property in Henley-on-Thames and wondered if anyone over here in the UK made them. Of course I leapt to attention and started thinking back to my dress making days approximately 6,000 years ago (ahem).
I dug out some quarter sheet lining fabric and made a mock-up which looked like this...
So far, so good (please excuse the state of my workshop - what can I say? If I had time to tidy up and paint and so on, I would).
Then I got on the horse wearing it and this is what happened.
Could have been worse but we were lacking in the round, as they say (DO they say that? I don't know. But I just did). Not enough fabric. Grrrrr back to make another sample.
I won't lie, the heatwave hasn't exactly focussed my thinking on waterproof items but I got back in the saddle (ah you just can't keep a good pun down!) last week when the weather turned and I realised I needed to pull my finger out and get some products ready to sell.
And so that is where I ended up sitting on my long-suffering boy wearing my early noughties Sex and the City style pink Topshop '50s-esque full circle skirt.
Next step: make another mock-up so watch this space again.
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