Trumpet skirt projectPosted: 03/15/2011
I couldn’t find any fabric I liked for my next Louisa dress, so I decided to remake a skirt I’ve had for a decade:
Doesn’t look like much from the photo, but it’s a beautifully put-together piece that fits me perfectly and looks good when I spin. I thought it was called a tulip skirt.
It’s 10 panels in cotton with a more vibrant lining and a zipper on the side. Since I don’t want to take the original skirt apart, I am going to have to experiment with how the inner belt and lining work, but looks like the lining is just an identical version of the skirt. So far it looks a little cheerleader-y, but when I iron it out I bet it’ll look better. Bright blue will be my color for spring/summer. I am looking forward to storing my grey and black winter wardrobe.
|One of the millions of seams.|
Since there are 20 big seams to finish, I was feeling adrift without a serger. I didn’t want to make any more stitch lines on the right side of the fabric, and I also don’t want ratty seams. Someone suggested Dritz Fray-no-more, but I didn’t want any sharp edges or weight added. I ended up trimming the seam allowance to 1/2″ and using bias tape to finish. Yeah, it added weight, but it looks super professional (from my perspective). Why didn’t I take a picture??
|Lovely lining fabric.|
I don’t mind the finished seam stitches showing on the right side of the lining, since no one will see it. This will definitely get done over the weekend, then I have a few days off for Spring Break! I promise I will actually finish a project from a real pattern. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant. I HATE reading directions, that’s why.
[Update: I just found a Simplicity pattern for a trumpet skirt that looks SOOOOOOO much simpler than this 10-panel one. Urgh. Thank you internet for giving me a sign.]