Friday, July 20, 2007

Garment Making?!

As you know, every spring I get an itch to make skirts. I usually resist. (Last fall I did craft up this skirt, but I didn't really "make" it.) This year, I gave in.

Here you can see the superfantastic green fabric I bought while shopping with my sister in LA. It's a witty, whimsical, stunning botanical border print, with --- gasp!!! --- purple selvedge edge including --- gasp!! --- a few Asian characters and other text and sweet, soft, short fringe! I couldn't resist. Even for $16 a yard which is way more than I like to spend on fabric.

You can also see the book I bought about drafting skirt patterns easy peasy, the zipper I had to buy after the first disaster, and the black and white fabric I got at Ikea for $2.99 a yard for future skirt making endeavors.

So, the disaster? First I decided to make a drawstring skirt, because I generally like the look of a simple drawstring, and because I found some ribbon that is a perfect coordinate, and because I hate to do zippers. Yeah. Not so much. This fabric is way too heavy for a drawstring. I put it all together and cinched it up and it was poochy and ugly all over. Yuck. No one likes poochy. I totally should have known this fabric was not appropriate for a draw string, but I just wasn't thinking clearly. And I am so not a garment maker.

No worries. The next day, I ripped it all apart -- just two pieces, the front and the back. And they were plenty large to accommodate a new hand drawn pattern for a fitted skirt with a zipper and I had extra fabric for the facing. The instructions in the book for the zipper were quite good -- it's not like it's that hard, but I still find the zipper daunting. I did have to resize the seams a bit after it was constructed, but that was fine also. Plus... now I have a skirt that fits that I can copy the next time.

Ta da!

Hmmm. The photographer cut off her brother's face. Sometimes she wishes she could do this in more than just a picture.

Here's a bit of a close up so you might be able to see the superfantastic selvedge hem. Superfantastistic both because it looks cool and because it meant I did not have to sew a hem. Yeah!

I've got a little less than a yard left. Tote bag?

13 comments:

momma helen said...

That fabric SCREAMS Deborah! What a great skirt.

And yes, I second the tote bag idea, or a purse with a flap using the superfantastic edge. And maybe a loop-and-button closure, but use a leaf for the closure.

Vicki W said...

I love that fabric and it is perfect in a skirt!

Michelle said...

I love your skirt! And, it looks like your sandals match perfectly! :)

Jeannie said...

Wonderful fabric and skirt! But please tell me more about the shoes! I tried similar tactics on my brother and sister to no avail. Cheers.

teri springer said...

Oh yes- love the skirt!! Especially the spider! And a tote bag is a must!!!

teri

Gerrie said...

That fabric was meant for you, for sure. So cute.

kristin L said...

I was going to say how perfect that fabric is -- in every way, but obvious everyone else agrees and beat me to it. There's no way you could have NOT made that skirt -- and the tote bag to go with it!

Anonymous said...

Very nice skirt, well done and worth every cent of that $16/yd. Lovely!

Kim Carney said...

I love it, makes me want to go MAKE SOMETHING ;)

judy coates perez said...

awesomely cute! definitely worth $16/yd

Amy said...

Holy cow that is some great fabric and a cute skirt too!

Karoda said...

girl, go ahead and dust your shoulders off because you're wearing the heck out of that skirt!!! (translate into it looks great on you and you did a good job!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Deb. Lovely skirt...instead of a tote bag, why not make a matching skirt for your daughter? Or one in a coordinating fabric and use some of the remaining amount of this fabric for pockets or a border on hers?