Added Mar 14, 2010
Like many great projects, I made this skirt only after seeing one that I could not afford in a high-end boutique. Granted, the skirt I saw was made of a lightweight crepe, so my finished garment is is very different from its inspiration. The basic pleating on the outside, with a ribbon tacking them all down, is the same. I used leftover shantung silk from an Elizabethan dress that I made for a 9th grade English project and leftover lace from my senior year homecoming dance dress. This pattern is very simple, consisting of a skirt yoke and a long, pleated rectangle. Suffice it to say, It took a lot of math to get this skirt to work out, mainly because I had to work with very limited amounts of fabric. Always measure thrice, cut once! I was able to make a mock up in a gingham check, however, so that helped me figure it all out. I did buy the black ribbon and the scalloped hem trim new. And there is a small bow at the center back of the skirt.
This garment was photographed during a school fashion group photoshoot, thus the image with the other girls. I did not make the three other outfits, but they are all student designed. In fact, our whole shoot was student run, from styling, hair, make-up, photography, etc.
Pink shantung silk, metallic black lace and trim, black satin ribbon.
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