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Sea Power Skirt

Added Sep 6, 2011

by pambox

Sydney, Australia

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Description

Yes I know the photos are only by the pool, but I don’t know anyone with a boat to do a nice sea-themed photo shoot, so by the pool it is.
This is a very basic dirndl skirt made from an early 1980s heavy cotton (curtain? drapery?) fabric. The print is based on yacht sails, and there’s a few ‘waves’ at the bottom edge. I was very lucky that the piece of fabric had two repeats of the print so I just had to cut it in half, trim the edges slightly so they were the same length, sew the seams, gather the top, and throw on a waistband. Easy Peasy.

Material Notes

Cotton

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Skirt
Style
Beach, Casual
Material
Cotton

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    Dec 14, 2011, 02.47 AMby maryferret

    Just wonderful….what a great print….I am always looking for border prints from 40s – 80s, and have also purchased curtains on many occasions for repurposing into a dress as getting enough fabric to construct a 50s dress or even a 50s full skirt is becoming more difficult to find here in Australia (even on etsy!!). Congrats on your skirt, I will copy and paste to my “design” folder as an inspiration. Isn’t it great what we can achieve when we think “outside the square”. PS.. I am also nearly to the point of screenprinting my own fabric to get the desired border prints. GREAT WORK pambox!!

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      Dec 20, 2011, 10.29 AMby pambox

      Wow, thank you so much, Mary! I really was lucky to find this piece of fabric, you’re right, it’s hard to find border prints and panels here. I don’t think I’m bold enough to screen print my own fabric yet, though – but I might have some fun experimenting with fabric paint this summer.

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    Oct 22, 2011, 11.32 AMby pambox

    Thank you everyone for all the praise – I’m genuinely amazed at how much people like my skirt!

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    Sep 11, 2011, 12.28 PMby trploceanmoon

    I adore all the color on this skirt! Great job.

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    Sep 8, 2011, 12.21 PMby Super Jeanette

    this is a happy skirt! well done!

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    Sep 8, 2011, 11.26 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    super fantastic fabrc! oh gosh its just lovely and so beautifful!

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    Sep 8, 2011, 10.28 AMby shizuoka

    ah great skirt!

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    Sep 8, 2011, 01.31 AMby misslivia

    Love the print! Way to reuse the fabric :)

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    Sep 7, 2011, 10.38 PMby lilybart

    I am in lust! I need one. Absolutely perfect.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 09.19 PMby heisk

    the perfect summer skirt!!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 08.42 PMby lala86

    AMAZING PRINT!!!!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 07.49 PMby apiary

    Perfect use of fabric. Also really good job with the gathers, it’s super even and fancy!

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      Sep 8, 2011, 01.20 AMby pambox

      Thank you! The gathering was done by hand because the fabric is quite wide and heavy, so I didn’t trust my machine to do a good enough job. I did two rows of hand gathering, and each stitch was about 1/2cm wide.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 04.01 PMby carottesauvage

    Never saw such an amazing skirt!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 03.02 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

    I love this! It’s like the best fabric ever and you couldn’t have done anything better with it.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 02.16 PMby marlorcor

    I LOVE the drape of this skirt. :) It looks great, nice and full.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 12.58 PMby kt4309

    I love this fabric!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 10.06 AMby u120418

    Beautiful!!!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 07.14 AMby loulourosa

    Lovely fabric! Your skirt looks great!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 07.14 AMby loulourosa

    Lovely fabric! Your skirt looks great!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 07.13 AMby loulourosa

    Lovely fabric! Your skirt looks great!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 07.13 AMby loulourosa

    Lovely fabric! Your skirt looks great!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 06.28 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is amazingly beautiful. i love the simpicity of the skirt combined with the beautiful print! it is so stylish!!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 06.11 AMby messel

    Love it!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 05.53 AMby bohemiannow

    It’s amazing! Well done!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 01.08 AMby pambox

    thank you all for so many compliments!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 12.42 AMby freakusbzzz

    very cool pam

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    Sep 7, 2011, 12.22 AMby supercalla

    :OOO I cannot get over how awesome this is! The fabric worked so awesomeeee

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    Sep 7, 2011, 12.22 AMby supercalla

    :OOO I cannot get over how awesome this is! The fabric worked so awesomeeee

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    Sep 6, 2011, 11.38 PMby mollykatherine

    I love love LOVE it! that fabric is devine. where on earth did you get it? Great job, it looks amazing!

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      Sep 7, 2011, 01.07 AMby pambox

      i bought the fabric at the love vintage fair back in april (http://www.lovevintage.com.au/ – next one is in a month!). there’s always all sorts of interesting stuff there.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 11.01 PMby marloncosta

    Fantastic. This great happy thematic print worked perfectly with the full circle skirt! It made me smile!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 10.44 PMby Maria Luisa Avila

    Lovely!

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