Thursday, April 11, 2013

Taking Paris by Storm Skirt

You know that moment when you're walking through the fabric store, and you lock eyes on a fabric that you just cannot walk away from? You're in love. And not only that, you know exactly what you are going to make with the fabric? That magical, visionary moment when all the stars align. Isn't it just a wonderful moment? Well, that's what happened to me with this skirt. 

Little world travelers
As I mentioned in this post, I have been thinking about making this skirt for quite a while:
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 Like I said in my previous post, my friend Carolyn's charges were Paris-bound and this fabric was beyond perfect for a little girl to bounce around that beautiful city. 

I used the .pdf that Kelly provides for the waistband, and the tutorial that accompanies the pattern. But beyond that, I made quite a few additions to make the skirt my own! 

First, I had to modify the waistband pattern to fit S.
To do that, I took her waist measurement (23 inches), divided it in half, and added 5/8 inch for a seam allowance, and kind of just eyed the height adjustment.

My super fancy measurement calculations
Then I had some decisions to make. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the waistband in a coordinating fabric, and have the ties in the main fabric, or the other way around, but after gathering some input from credible sources (Carolyn and my mom) I decided to go with the waistband in the main fabric, and a coordinating fabric for the ties. 
Tie options: solid pink or chevron?
In the end, I decided to go with the chevron fabric that I had in my stash from a trip to the remnants bin, I don't even know how long ago, and I am just ecstatic with the result! 
final fabric pairing
I wanted the skirt to be very full and flouncy, so I cut the bottom part of the skirt at the length I needed and used the entire width of the fabric. When I finished that, I realized that not only had we bought more than enough fabric, but there was more than enough left to make one for S's baby sister!
oodles of extras
Constructing the dress did not happen without more than a few snags. Tension issues with the machine was the biggest issue. I am pretty sure I spent a good two hours fighting with Betsy; I just could not figure out what was wrong. Turns out, common sense numbskull that I am, I hadn't threaded her correctly.
So much wasted thread.....
From there on it was (mostly) smooth sailing. As my mom said, sometimes by the time you're done making all the mistakes while sewing a garment, it feels like you could've made three!  Anyone else feel that way sometimes?

Changes I made to make the skirt my own: 
    • Instead of gathering the end of the tie, I gave it a center pleat. There are so many other gathers in the skirt, and with the chevron fabric, I just found the pleat to be more aesthetically pleasing than gathers. I also made the ties super wide for a striking visual impact.
    • I wanted the skirt to have a little more substance than simple one layer of fabric, so I added a lining under-layer to the skirt. I used a simple cream muslin for the lining.
    • Pinning in the lining
    • To give the skirt a bit more frill (it is Paris, after all) I added a lace trim to the bottom of the lining, so that it peeks out from the bottom of the main fabric.
    • Lastly, instead of a zipper, I gave the dress pretty pink bubble buttons down the back. I wasn't able to get a good picture of button detail, but will add one soon.

And when I was all done with S's skirt (finally...), I was able to whip out D's skirt in a fraction of the time. (Especially since the waistband was already made, since the first on I made for S was 2 inches to small)
Sister Skirts! 
The reaction from the girls? I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure its LOVE!

Spinning approved!
I just love this one!
Go take Paris by storm girls!
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  1. So cute! I love the big waistband and bow! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. That skirt is too adorable. Love the material. My daughter would love it.
    Sarah @

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I found the material at Joann's, surprisingly enough.

  3. Such a cute skirt and the model too! Thanks so much for joining my linky last week! I am your newest follower! Stop by my Blog Hop, link up your blog, meet and follow some new blogs!

    1. Thank you, Kim! And thanks for the invite -- I will definitely stop by. I'm still new to the blogging world and trying to wade in to it all as best I can, without drowning in the vastness of it all!

  4. Super cute skirts...and girlies. Thanks for linking them up to Think Tank Thursday at Saving4Six. I have featured you today!


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