What do you get when you sew 100 strips of fabric together? A skirt! A skirt that looks nothing like the original sketch, but hey, it's still a skirt!
The two coloured fabrics come from my stash. I'd bought them for something but either decided I no longer liked them or forgot what I bought them for. The red (or orange, depends who you ask) is a former bed sheet I picked up at the thrift store. Score!
Proof there's 100 strips you say? Would I lie to you?
If you squint, there's a paper clip every 10 strips along the top. Partly as proof, and partly so I didn't sew it closed with 98 strips.
My original plan was simply a gored skirt with 100 gores instead of my usual 6 or 8, but I was worried about extra bulk around my waist (Plenty of natural extra bulk there already) so instead I popped a waistband on it so I wouldn't have to fold the strips over.
The waistband and the bottom band are both doubled fabric, partly to match the bulk of the skirt and partly because that way I could just enclose all the raw edges in fabric without needing to fold a hem.
Since I don't have a serger, I cut the strips for French seams, then decided I didn't make them wide enough for that, so I sewed them all plain first time around. This made for a skirt big enough to hold a circus under, so I unpicked it all and re did it French instead.
That's a bit thready from the unpicking, but you get the idea.
Best of all? It actually fits! For a while there I wasn't sure it would.