I hope you enjoy photos of my floor-length patchwork skirt. This took me at least 5 months to make. There are 10 tiers of 4x4 inch square patches. Each successive tier is 1.5 times as long as the next one. The bottom one I ruffled a little bit more than the previous tiers and has a total of 520 squares. The waist is a "drawstring" where the "string" is a 1.5 inch belt that can be pulled tight around ANY size waist up to 50 inches.
These photos are NOT me. These are photos of a good friend of mine who volunteered to model this skirt for me. Isn't she sooo preeetty?
The order of the colors is as follows:
Tier 1: Lilac
Tier 2: Purple
Tier 3: Pink
Tier 4: Orange
Tier 5: Yellow
Tier 6: Light Green
Tier 7: Dark Green
Tier 8: Light Blue
Tier 9: Dark Blue
Tier 10: Blue-Green
I cut out ALL of the squares first. Then I (machine) straight stitched all of the individual rows together. Then I ruffled all of the rows. Then I sewed each row to the next. Then I straight stitched vertically to sew the skirt into a circle. Then I added the waist, and sewed the waist belt/draw string.
I won't go into details, but I was showing some people this skirt and their first reaction was to ridicule it. It hurt very much, and I've felt bittersweet about my accomplishment ever since. This is the first skirt I've ever made from scratch. I have decorated skirts before and created built-in petticoats, but this is different and I was so proud of this until it was mocked by people I love. I'm not sure how I feel about it now. I'm torn between pride, awe at what I did, and shame because - was it worth it? Is it actually as cool as I thought it was? Did I just spend an inordinate amount of time on something completely impracticle? *sigh*
I post these photos as a declaration that I worked hard and finished something intricate. I believe it to be beautiful and I am proud.
Thank you for looking. I really appreciate it.
It's hard to express to you all, the uplifting yet heavy sort of joy I've been experiencing as you have come here to comment. It's been a heady sort of wonder.
I still feel the sting of the criticism. I am not the type of person to sit there and allow someone to speak cruel or undeserved criticism to someone - let alone allow someone to do so to myself, without giving some sort of snarky or sassy response. But I did just sit there. And I find it hard to forgive myself, and I find it hard to feel at ease with these people. I am beginning to let it go.
I have found your responses (and I have read ALL of them and will continue to do so) overwhelmingly kind and touching. This thread has been both encouraging and bolstering. I feel surrounded by hundreds of kindred spirits in a crafty sisterhood. I am inspired to do more work of this nature and will be posting new topics on new skirts in the near future - I promise.
I wish I could give every single one of you a hug - as you have done the same, emotionally, for me.
Thank you. And I wish you all Deliriously Happy Crafting.
IT'S ON CRAFTZINE!!!!http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/07/rainbow_skirt.html