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Fantail Piwakawaka Skirt

5.0 (5 reviews)


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The New Zealand Fantail or Piwakawaka visit me in my garden most days and then another group join me at Founders Park. They come inside my workshop and sit on the light fittings. They are graceful and lively to watch but the down side is the bird poo, which can be a real nuisance to clear up on the cutting table.

I tried to take photographs of the birds to work from but I only seemed to gather images of where the bird had departed from – they move so fast! I took to the internet and used photographs that are without copyright and set to and made pencil drawings of the birds. I still could not capture their energy so I set my computer screen to go blank after a minute and this made me draw faster and with this approach the speed of my drawing increased and I think it has captured  the birds’ energy and movement. The birds I have drawn are not in full detail but you do get the feeling that they are about to take off which I think works well. I placed the larger birds at the hem edge of the skirt and the small drawings above. This composition works gives the artwork a sense of perspective, a feeling that they are darting about in front of me as I walk through a clearing in the bush.

This has become my best selling design, selling even more than the old discontinued Bug print.

Available in colours Grey, Lipstick Pink, Beige and Red. Sorry the Moss Green colour way has sold out and no longer available.

Not sure about which shape or size is for you, there is more information on this page or contact me if you need help with making a choice.

This skirt like all the MADCAT skirts, is made of a stretch woven fabric for comfort. The narrow non stretch cotton waistband is secured closed by a hook and eye, hand sewn on by me in each and every skirt. The centre back invisible zip has a fabric fly piece. This is so the zip does not touch your skin as the glue at the base of a zip can be irritating to sensitive skins. I also like that when I am closing the zip it does not snag my underwear. The MADCAT ribbon label is set into the inside of the waistband so that you can use the label as a hook, especially when travelling and there are no coat hangers available in your room.

The yarn content of the skirts is 75%viscose (pine tree wood pulp), 21% nylon and 4% lycra.

Skirt Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm water. Do not mix reds and dark coloured skirts with other washing as the dye is shed dramatically in the first wash. This does not change the colour of the skirt in any way. Skirts can be washed in front loading washing machines on the wool programme. Line dry inside out on sunny days or spin dry and place on a radiator/ heated towel rail. Skirts can be dry cleaned as delicate.  Use a cool iron to press.  The fabric puffs up when it becomes wet and returns to flat when dry. Do not iron when wet.

Read my returns policy to put your mind at ease.

Free Christmas Gift Wrapping!!! A great gift for those overseas to remind them of home. 

Just contact me by e mail with the message you would like me to include and the address you would like your gift sent to and I will do the rest. 


5 reviews for Fantail Piwakawaka Skirt

  1. Dagmar Felber

    I not only love my pohutakawa skirt as it’s a perfect fit and very comfortable, but I also love the other garments offered by Madcat. Good quality, great fit and wonderful service.

  2. Denise

    I have two skirts and they are really comfortable and suitable for both summer and winter wear – great fabric and great design. The fantail one in particular, always gets admiring comments and is very unique. Terrific for taking a slice of NZ overseas on holiday.

  3. Jacquie Walters

    Comfortable, eye catching and memorable – nothing says I love Aotearoa like wearing one of Jill’s piwakawaka (fantail) skirts. I love mine!

  4. Philippa

    Quality fabric, fabulous original design and really comfortable to wear.

  5. Patricia Greenhough

    I love my skirts, both the one you made specially for me with the fantails and the bright pink daisy one that you altered to fit me exactly. I feel like I am wearing a piece of art and I am. Beautifully designed, printed and made with me in mind. You make buying a skirt so much fun.

    • jill

      Thanks Patricia for taking the time to put your review on my website. Very much appreciated Jill

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