it’s barely September and it’s already 15C degrees outside. gone are the hot & damp days of summer. ah well.
curling up and reading a book seems like a good idea, but that’ll usually just get me colder than before, so what else can i do in a cold cold day? why, sew, of course!
so i’ve finally joined the carnival and made a scallop-edged skirt.
i had a piece of stretch cotton fabric which i thought would be perfect for it. i didn’t use straight grain for this skirt, instead i folded the fabric in two from the width, cut it, and that cut would then be my skirt’s waistline. i did this because the pattern of the fabric looks much better that way (there’re flowers pointing to each selvage), even though the stretch of the fabric is actually width-wise.
the beginning was pretty basic: sew the sides together, and then i also folded the top part inwards and sew it. then, i sew a big black elastic band on the top part with zigzag seam.
for the rest of it, i followed Vain and Vapid’s tutorial, and managed to do just well..
i think my only mistake was using a fabric that’s a bit stretchy, so when i turned the scallops inside out, the edges was a bit messy. but i don’t mind. it looks okay-ish for a first timer!
the shape & the pattern of the fabric just reminded me a lot of Thumbelina, hence the name for this skirt .
that skirt just took me half of today to finish from the beginning of cutting the fabric.
weeks before that, i made another attempt to make something out of the Stylish Dress book..
this time i found a sheer cotton (blend?) fabric that i thought would be perfect for the T pattern from that book..
and this is the pattern of the fabric i got:
yes, it’s Dior, so how could i resist??
i did everything correctly and neatly this time, taking my time and not rushing to finish it..had a problem with making the button hole/loops (whatever it’s called), but i guess the result is acceptable. i added a layer of soft tulle under the skirt part, to make it look less like a country-side dress. instead of making covered-up buttons, i used normal plastic ones, like the ones for buttoned-up shirts.
it just disappointed me a bit that the result was soooo baggy, even though i used the same size as i’ve always used from that book (size 11). i wonder if there’s still anything i can do to the top part to make it less baggy. meh.
but anywho, on a lighter note, the dress reminds me of Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, so i donned it up with my red glitter shoes for the photo shoot. Dorothy, meet Dior.
oh, and Mr. Dior, sorry i ruined your fabric .
as always, you can see bigger pics here.