But wait, Emily, it’s Dress Stashbusting month and last time I check skirts were not classified as dresses. Don’t worry! I made 12 dresses when I made this skirt! Hows that for a mind bender! I saw all these adorable dresses on Pinterest and really wanted to do something with them.
Since making clothing is my first instinct I immediately started brainstorming what to do with them. And since I couldn’t choose I needed something I could do with ALL of them.
|Why yes, I am wearing 12 dresses at once.|
I saw my skirt hanging in the closet and some red ribbons I’d been “saving” in a bag and knew what I was going to do.
Part of my stashbusting goal was to make a conscious effort to use more of my ribbons and trims in projects and I’m happy to say I used up all but two tiny ends of these silky red ribbons.
At the beginning of this year I was given a large bag of fabric and lace yardage by a lady who was cleaning out her sister’s house. I think that is where this purple piece came from but I’m not totally sure. I used every bit of it up in this project so I’m counting it as a stashbust. The white fabric, waistband lining and zipper were all out of the stash too.
I cut the waistband from my altered jeans waistband, straightened the fabric edge, then folded the semi-sheer fabric in half lengthwise for the width of the skirt. Fully lined and fabric used up! I pleated the skirt to fit on the waistband and inserted the zipper in the serged side seam.
|Can you see my invisible zipper? No, my work is complete.|
Before I did all that I cut a piece of white fabric the length of the skirt and evenly divided it. I ended up with 12 sections. I printed out the dresses roughly the same size and since there was NO WAY I was going to embroider on a fun summer skirt I traced them on the fabric with a permanent red pen we had lying around the house. I ironed it to help set the ink. According to my test swatch this should keep the ink from running.
I measured and drew a line across the bottom of the skirt to line the fabric up on. Then I sewed the ribbon over the raw edges of the white fabric and my “border print” was done.
I love your fun skirt, and how satisfying to use up every scrap of the fabric and the ribbon.
You climbed that thing?! That looks rather tricky!
I love that skirt, oh wait, I mean dress! ;)
Thanks! It was satisfying in many ways. Climbing up was much worse than coming down. The coming down was actually kind of fun...
Thanks, which dress is your favorite? :)
so cute! I love it!
Thanks! I'm enjoying it!
Love it!!! I am such a fan of drawing on clothing :) Brilliant use of those scraps -- the red really adds a nice border pop with the white!
Great skirt! I love the band of retro dresses you added to it.
Oooh, I love it! What a great idea to decorate your skirt with pretty pretty dresses :)
Such a great skirt... and that slide thingy looks like awesome fun!
Thanks! I really like redwork embroidery and wanted to mimic that with the red and white. Plus, red is my favorite color so anytime I get to use more of that is a good day.
Thanks, I thought those dresses were TOO CUTE and deserved to be used.
Thanks, Carolyn. The iceberg slide was more fun going down than climbing up but I did it and had a great time.
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