A sonnet is a moment's monument—
Memorial from the Soul's eternity
To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be,
Whether for lustral rite or dire portent,
Of its own intricate fulness reverent.
Carve it in ivory or in ebony,
As Day or Night may rule; and let Time see
Its flowering crest impearled and orient.
A sonnet is a coin: its face reveals
The Soul—its converse, to what Power 'tis due:—
Whether for tribute to the august appeals
Of Life, or dower in Love's high retinue,
It serve; or 'mid the dark wharf's cavernous breath,
In Charon's palm it pay the toll to Death.
– Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The House of Life
Fourteen pleats on the front and back of the Sonnet mirror the fourteen lines present in each poem. These pleats are stitched down for several inches below the waistband before being set free to drape however they wish. A single vintage shell button cinches the waistband, creating a Sonnet with the perfect balance of structure, symmetry, and beauty.
- 90% hemp / 10% wool fabric woven in Japan
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Tea-length skirt with stitched and pressed knife pleats
- Side zip and button-cinched waistband
- Hidden pockets in side seams
- Measures 32" long
- Gently wash cold and line dry or dry clean, cool iron as needed (learn more about garment care here)
This skirt is made of a blend of hemp and wool that is woven in Japan. The fabric is relatively heavyweight, with a dense weave that almost feels like felt. The weave has an organic imperfection which, combined with the faded green color, makes it seem like an antique. Due to the wool, the fabric is a tad scratchy, so make sure to wear something underneath if you have sensitive skin. The fabric is dyed a dark mossy green that, in different lighting, spans the spectrum of light greyish-green to deep forest-y charcoal.
In addition to the fabric, this skirt uses cotton thread, a YKK zipper, one vintage mother of pearl button, silk bias binding/pocket lining, and cotton garment labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
The Sonnet is fitted only in the waist, so use your waist measurement when determining your size. If you fall in between sizes, I recommend sizing up if you'd like the skirt to fit lower down on your torso, and sizing up if you'd like it to fit more closely to your natural waist.
Sarah is wearing a size 4 and is 5'9" with a 33" bust, 24" waist, and 35" hip.