Statement Skirt (& Necklace)
Added Jan 20, 2013
statement pants are all the rage at the moment. but i prefer wearing skirts. so instead, i made a statement skirt. (actually, i made a skirt because i only had a limited amount of the fabric, LOL.)
the second i saw this fabric, i knew i had to have it. the print shows all kinds of treasures: gold coins, crosses and coins, and even… um, smoking pipes? well, whatever the artist was thinking when he/she made the print, i adore it! the fabric itself is normal cotton, the kind that is usually used for patchwork. that means it’s matte, and when i wear this kind of print, i want it to SHINE. be GLOSSY. anything BUT matte.
luckily i have an extra black organza fabric lying in my cupboard. so i put an organza layer on top of it, and started cutting & sewing.
i used no pattern, just calculated the radius of my waistline, and cut the fabric in circle. for the zipper, i sew it so that it’s exposed (my first time of sewing exposed zipper). too bad i didn’t have the same colored thread as the zipper’s allowance, i ended up using black and it shows (of course). it’s not that neat, but it’ll do for now.
for the hem of the organza layer, i tried melting it with electrical soldering iron, but the fabric’s too thin that it mostly just completely got burnt away instead. i persistently tried it though, and in the end i guess the result was okay-ish. it should hold until the next time i wash the skirt.
if you think you see something hanging at the bottom of the skirt, don’t worry, your eyes are correct. the organza i used wasn’t just plain organza. it has spider patches! 2 crazy fabrics in one. just how big of a statement can you make with this skirt?
after i was done with the skirt, i realized that i still have remnants of the print fabric. one piece of the remnant was a perfect circle, cut out of the waist part of the skirt. i immediately ironed an interface fabric to it and glued it to a scrap of leather, glued some fake stones here and there, sew some snap buttons on the opening at one side… and now i also have a statement necklace! :)
1 m of print cotton (1.10 m wide),
1 m of polyester organza,
20 cm metal zipper,
1 small hook,
2 small snap buttons (for necklace)