Self-drafted skirt

12 04 2011

Continuing my way (ever so slowly) through Design-it-Yourself Clothes, I drafted a pattern for a skirt.  That was the easy part.  It comes first in the book because it’s basically just a trapezoid, one very simple piece for the front and an almost identical piece for the back.  I actually bought a skirt at goodwill to use the fabric to make a muslin (being cheaper than actual muslin, and a nice linen/cotton blend, at that), but then I got sidetracked and decided to cut up an old ring sling that hadn’t been used in a long time and will probably (definitely, now) never be used again.  Here it is before:

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Isn’t it hideous?  I made if from osnaburg I dyed myself.  I had visions of a lovely blue/purple result, but somehow it ended up looking like a bloody rag.  Needless to say, I didn’t use it much, so for this project I bleached it and dyed it brown.  I wanted to do a ruffle like the Laura skirt in the book but I had to piece together the ruffle so I decided to leave the seams on the outside and let them fray. 

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Sadly, the dye job is still terrible.  You can see the dark blue splotches where the dye wasn’t dissolved completely (brown dye is a mix of red, blue, and yellow, it’s a lot of fun to watch it dissolve).  And overall it looks blotchy.  And it was too long, which is not something I thought I’d ever say about a skirt.  So I shortened it and re-dyed it. 

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In the end I’m not sure how I feel about it.  The fit is undeniably good, which I suppose comes from drafting it to your own measurements.  It has its flaws; you can still see the blotches from the first dye job (upper right picture) and the invisible zipper is not that invisible (lower left).  Beyond that, is it stylish?  Is it ridiculous looking?  The line between the two is thin to begin with and I am not well versed on what falls on which side.  After t-shirts, I am a little bit out of my depth, fashion-wise!  Regardless, I like it well enough and it will probably get worn at least as often as my other skirts, especially since it fits, and after having 2 kids I can’t say that about any of the other ones.  So I guess this is the pre-muslin, and after having made some alterations, I am working on another muslin with the altered pattern.  It should be ready soon if I get up the energy to sew again!




4 responses

9 05 2011
Self-drafted skirt, take two « Domestic Engineering

[…] the same pattern as before, I made another ruffle skirt (similar to the Laura skirt in Design-it-Yourself Clothing, but […]

9 05 2011
Michelle Cheuk

I love it. Very stylish.

9 05 2011
Michelle Cheuk

Also, wow, what great pics! They came out awesome.

9 05 2011

Thanks! Nice to hear someone finds it stylish since I can’t figure out if it is. 🙂

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