Friday, July 22, 2011

apron skirt

A while back when I cut up an old maternity dress to make a tank top, I still had plenty of fabric left over from the skirt. The happy accident that led to this skirt's design was when I stepped into the bottom portion of the cut up dress and tightened the fabric around my waist just to see what shape skirt I could make. It turned out that I liked the shape when I tightened it; it was A-line, it flared nicely at the back, and it was pretty much the right length too. So I decided to go with it. I have always loved big, unnecessarily wide (or long) ties and that's pretty much all I had to add to it. In my ongoing clothing strategy known as "operation: hide belly" there is just no better feeling than tying fabric tightly around your waist. The jiggly parts all get held in place - awesome. The chambray is 100% cotton, but it has just enough stretch to make the wrap over parts fall nicely. I have tried to remake this with two other less flexible cottons and it just doesn't fall the same. But I like the skirt so much I'll continue to hunt for another fabric that will work (as if I need reasons to shop for fabric). Now that I look at the skirt in photos, it really reminds me of a cafe apron I made a few years back for Tie One On. I should have realized ages ago that a skirt could follow that design!

Sadie took these photos, so I may have figured out a new system for documenting the clothes I'm making for myself (I swear there is knitting happening too, but since I got the basement studio set up I can't seem to stop sewing). They aren't totally in focus yet - the camera is a bit heavy for her 38lb body - but she seemed to enjoy being a photographer. As long as she can choose what shoes I wear, that is.

And totally unrelated to sewing, but so worth exploring for all the inspiring images this designer has collected in one place, visit Stuff Avery Likes. I'm smitten with her "Cool Dwellings" category right now.


ltrsktr said... [Reply to comment]

Love the skirt! So cute on you. And the blog is great. She's even found something cool to do in Buffalo.

zofia said... [Reply to comment]

That skirt turned out perfectly.
I'm with you on tightening the middle!

meg said... [Reply to comment]

it's super fantastic!! but now you have to make a pattern so I can make one.

lamb-things said... [Reply to comment]

The skirt is amazing and so is your photographer.

beth lehman said... [Reply to comment]

I love your skirt!!! It's great.... is it kind of a wrap-around at all? I'm trying to wrap my head around it b/c it looks so perfect and forgiving for the ... middle, ahem... as you say!

Chase Clark l Oh The Cuteness! said... [Reply to comment]

That shape is great! I am gonna have to try this.