I am ending on a beginning. While in Kyoto this winter I went to a monthly flea market at the Toji temple where I found some amazing silk pieces to turn into a skirt. I bought 2 orange and 2 green silk pieces from a man selling blocks for making kimonos, I also picked up 2 hand dyed, spun, and knitted silk scarves.
My goal is to turn it into a two-layer wrap skirt. Today I worked on the first draft of my first skirt pattern.
I measured myself and the fabric referenced previous skirts I’ve made and sketched it out. What I have so far is:
Green fabric (under layer) 14″ x 60″
Orange fabric (outer layer 14″ x 46″
My current skirts are about 17″ long, just above the knew. I’m planning to cut the orange panel into four 18″ panels sew them together with a 1/4″ seam and press them into one continuous panel that is 18 long x 46″ wide. Then I will repeat that step with the green fabric cutting into 21″ long panels. I will stitch the two together along the unfinished sides, iron, roll over a 2 inch fold inward, iron and sew the folded area into a waist. I’ll top stitch the waist panel. I will make belt loops out of the remnants. I have a cute wooden button for closing the wrap skirt. I think the trickiest part will be hand sewing the button hole. I might just borrow a friend’s machine for that step.
I will use the scarves as a belt.
We’ll see how this turns out. It might take a few months to stitch by hand…
TAD 2012 has been so much fun. I can’t wait for TAD 2013! See y’all next year. I’ll keep going at http://hokeypokeytad.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/2929-1/