"Keep Your Heels, Head and Standards High"
Hello loves I'm so sorry I've been MIA for a month but my professional and personal life have been seriously crazy! I mean there's so much going on that I haven't had a chance to really catch my breath let alone find some quiet time to blog. Today however I was determined to pop in, say hello and share this fabulous skirt with my sewing loves even if it was only for a brief moment. I know I shared a sneak peak of the skirt a couple of weeks ago and promised to share the full details soon but unfortunately my plan to retake the pictures (which I hate) didn't quite happen. So today knowing that I still wouldn't have time to take pics I decided to suck it up and keep the party moving with the pictures I already had.
Now mind you my inner fabulous is not at all happy with these pics so I ask that you kindly focus on the work and not me! LOL Listen when you get down to it the only thing that really matters is this fabulous skirt and how I managed to crank this baby out right before I left for vacation. I have to share that while I wanted to purchase this fabric months ago from Joanns I agonized over the price and refused to buy it, hoping it would eventually go on sale. Of course it eventually did go on sale and I jumped at the opportunity to purchase it before some other fabulous sew sister grabbed it all! LOL This fabric is fabulous but lets be real when you first look at it don't you think home decor, pillows, maybe a fabulous clutch or something along those lines. I mean it is rather busy and if you venture into the wrong territory with this beauty it could be a rather costly and tragic mistake. Honestly I had absolutely no clue what I was going to make with this fabric but I just had to have it! Yes I wanted it BAD! Needless to say after purchasing several yards it sat on the table for a couple weeks until I saw a picture of a woman wearing a tea length full skirt on Pinterest and I knew immediately that's what I was going to make. I know it's simple an all but I just felt it was the right way to go considering the fabric.
I decided instead of drafting a circle skirt the way I usually do which is pretty full I decided I wanted the skirt to take flight as I walked which would require a little itty bitty change. I wanted to take the volume of one full circle skirt and convert it into one half and create a duplicate for the other half of the skirt basically doubling an already extremely full skirt. Does that make sense? NO! Okay so basically Instead of PI=3.14 x2 and dividing it by my waistline I decided to do PI=3.14 x 4 = (12.56) and divide my waistline by that number. Which means I took all the volume of one full skirt for one half of my body and created another full skirt for the other side creating the fullness of four circles with only two pieces. One thing I will say about this process is be careful of the type of fabric you use and the measurements you take. The reason being is that the fabric can stretch (bias) and your waist will end up being larger than you initially anticipated. Again this can be rectified with gathered waistband or simply gathering the skirt to fit into a fitted waistband if you so choose! Yup it happened to me yall!
Skirt Instructions: Refer to my Twirling with tulle video BUT Divide waistline by 12.56 instead of the measurements I give you. (2) Double Fold the fabric and cut out the circle with your new waistline measurement just as you see me do in the video. Cut two of these circles which will now equal your entire waistline. (3) cut a straight line up the center back or center front (doesn't matter) of each circle. (4) Now open both circles and add seam allowance to the sides so you can attach them to one another at cb/cf (which I actually turned to my side seams). (5) Leave an opening at least 7"-8" down on one side to insert your side zipper. (6) Attach your waistband to the skirt, insert your zipper and close waistband with machine or hand stitch. If you like you can add pockets as I did but that is completely up to you.
If you have questions please feel free to contact me via the information from my contact page!
P.S I know it's not tea length but I could only do what the fabric allowed! LOLLL