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« on: July 02, 2010 05:42:13 AM »



This skirt was made from a king single flat sheet. It had every reason to go wrong, but somehow ended up right.

I wanted to make a Kariza style double layered skirt. I looked online and found that these type of skirts are 1/2 to 3/4 circle skirts attached to a long waistband with one or more buttonholes to pass the straps through.

The first issue was the sheet itself. It was about $10, and a dingy lemon colour.

I immediately decided to dye it, and picked up some iDye from a local craft store for about $10.
When I got home, I took a closer look at the sheet I had bought.

I had stupidly overlooked the fact the sheet I bought was poly cotton, not pure cotton. The dye I bought was suited to natural fibres. I returned to the craft store, only to find that they didn't have any of the iDye Poly.

The second problem came after I had resigned my self to dye it with the dye I had. I had already decided I wanted a gradient effect for the top panel, but I couldn't decide what I wanted for the bottom.
The original idea was to try a wheat paste resist technique, as seen here: http://eyesaflame.blogspot.com/2008/06/demo-flour-paste-batik.html. My version didn't work as well as the one shown there, so  washed all the wheat paste off before I even tried to dye it.

I then discovered shibori, a traditional Japanese technique. Shibori comes in many different forms, the one I chose is known as Mokume. There's more information on the technique found here: http://entwinements.com/blog-mt3/2007/04/mokume.html. The stitching went okay, but using long threads caused knotting, tangling and frustration.

When I finished all the stitching, I retrieved the other half of the skirt from my craft room. I had put the scraps in one area, planning to use them as interlining for a few small projects and the skirt in the other, to prevent me confusing the two. You can probably guess which one I cut up. Which brings us to problem number three:

Can you see the weird, chunky piece that's missing? The skirt has been folded in half to get across just how much is missing. Luckily, since I hadn't cut up any of the scraps, I managed to find one large enough to cover most of the gap.

The fourth (and final) problem was encountered during the dyeing process. I dyed the fabric on the stove top so I could and have more control and achieve the gradient effect. While working with the shibori piece, I followed the instructions to agitate the fabric in the pot for 30 minutes. During this time, a few of the threads broke. After 20 minutes of stirring, I realised that constant agitation was probably not the best method for this kind of resist technique, so the effect on the final product it much more subtle than originally intended.

This is a close up of the shibori.

Weirdly enough, the gradient effect worked just as I had intended.


This was my first attempt at both of these techniques.
Finally, when it was all put together, it actually worked. I was pleasantly surprised.
The skirt is meant to be able to be tied over 100 ways. These are some of my favourites:













The addition of a belt helped things to look a bit less tent-like

(this one is my favourite)







Please ignore any mess in the background or goofy faces.

So, why did I decide to a light, convertible, summery skirt/dress/thing? If you haven't picked up from the spelling, I'm from Australia. Right now it's winter, and most nights the temperature drops below -6 degrees Celsius (about 21 degrees Fahrenheit). I needed something light, bright and summery to cheer me up during the bleak, dreary winter days. Now I just have to figure out what to wear it with. Any suggestions are welcome.

Thank you for reading my giant entry!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010 05:56:49 AM »

Your convertile skirt/dress rocks!  It would be perfect for traveling! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010 05:58:12 AM »

LOVE IT!!!  Thanks for sharing your journey in making it!  Dyeing is also a lot of trial and error for me.  But that is part of the fun!  And I have a lot of "happy mistakes."  Your "mistakes" came out great!  I love the style of the dress and the combo of the two dye techniques.  You did a great job!!!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010 06:08:40 AM »

i just looooove the dying of this dress!  The close-up shot of the post-stringbreak is so beautiful.  I am very glad it all worked out.  congratulations.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010 06:22:35 AM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!!

Awesome job!

I hit this rocks!
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010 06:40:57 AM »

LOVE IT!  I can see it over a cream colored fuzzy sweater, maybe with a turtle neck. 
Did you say where you got the pattern, or is there a site you could direct us to so we can make our own?
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010 07:11:22 AM »

Beautiful!  I love the gradient.  Is the dress difficult to construct?  I really enjoy dresses like that, so I'm tempted to make one (with slight alterations). 
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010 07:22:40 AM »

I love this dress
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2010 07:38:12 AM »

i absolutely love everything about this!! amazing job.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010 07:55:15 AM »

Wow, I didn't expect so many fast responses!
For those who asked how to make this skirt, go here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162868.0 and scroll down to the line drawing. It's even got measurements!
I put three button holes in my waistband to make it more flexible, one in the center, and one halfway between the center and the edge on each side.
Hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2010 08:17:12 AM »

Your dying technique turned out great and the dress is super fun!
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2010 08:35:27 AM »

Its gorgeous!  I've always wanted a skirt/dress like that.
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2010 08:50:55 AM »

This is so neat! I've been trying to dye things on the stovetop/in buckets, and I wish I had that kind of control over the finished product. I'll have to try this stitchin' business; mine usually come out looking tie-dyed even if I didn't want them to.
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2010 09:09:38 AM »

this is truly beautiful bedsheet getup! superb work lady, well done *rocks*
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2010 09:25:09 AM »

love the versatitlity! great job!
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2010 10:01:19 AM »

I <3 it!! this is freaking amazing!! would you mind telling me how you constructed it? i would really love to try to make one for myself.ohhh and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2010 11:08:17 AM »

Wow, that turned out beautifully! Cheesy I applaud you, I would have failed like 6 times over! xD
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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2010 11:24:05 AM »

 I love the look of this dress. Your dyeing job is beautiful, and thanks for adding links to the dyeing tutorials you looked at. I've already bookmarked them. Grin Thanks Seonaid for posting a link to the tutorial. I'll have to try making one of these. This craft challenge is really bring out some beautiful clothes. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2010 11:31:52 AM »

This is amazing, beautiful, and what I am most impressed with is that you stuck it out! If it didn't work one way, you found another! I am so impressed that this can be worn so many different ways, this would be a great idea to simplifly a wardrobe!

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fantastic! I love how one piece of clothing looks so different and can be worn so many different ways!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2010 12:36:12 PM »

Gorgeous!  I love the color.  You did a beautiful job dying the sheet.
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« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2010 01:47:31 PM »

This is amazing running off to look at the tut. Wanting one for myself.
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« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2010 04:42:07 PM »

This is AWESOME! I'm going to check my stash tonight. You did a great job & thanks for introducing me to this style of skirt.
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« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2010 09:42:16 PM »

This is just fabulous. I'm a particular fan of the one strap/draped Roman/empire waist way to wear it.
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« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2010 08:04:39 AM »

What measurements did you use and how long did you make your ties if you dont mind me asking?
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« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2010 11:10:02 AM »

That is fantastic, you've inspired me. I'm going to try and make one of these for myself and one for my 6yr old grand daughter Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2010 07:23:19 PM »

What measurements did you use and how long did you make your ties if you dont mind me asking?

I made the waist half circle with a radius of about 14.5 inches, making the final waistband, making the final waist about 46 inches.
The waistband and straps are about 3 yards all the way across.
The top layer ended up being about 33" from the waist line and the bottom layer was about 36".

Maybe I'll have to make another one and do a tutorial.
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« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2010 01:39:45 AM »

ooh very cool! Love the fact that you can make so many different outfits!
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« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2010 09:01:43 AM »

Maybe I'll have to make another one and do a tutorial.

Please do! I would love something like this, so immensely! C:
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« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2010 09:15:18 AM »

Maybe I'll have to make another one and do a tutorial.

That would be fantastic. I would love to see that. I love the dress and the styles you can wear it. But am skiddish about cutting into material blind as it were.
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« Reply #30 on: July 04, 2010 06:32:38 PM »

Oh I love this! I'm a plus sized girl and it looks so flattering! I can definitely see myself wearing something like this. I especially like how you belted it, very nice indeed.

I've never particularly dyed anything...well tye dyed yes but not anything with gradients like that. Exactly how did you do it if you dont mind me askin?

And yes for another tutorial!

EDIT:!!! I was just looking at the picture you had posted of the measurements you used to make this. Exactly how do the button holes work and how large are they? I'm a bit confused as I can't seem to find any additional information on the construction of a Kariza.
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« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2010 12:51:46 AM »

Exactly how do the button holes work and how large are they? I'm a bit confused as I can't seem to find any additional information on the construction of a Kariza.

The button holes are to thread the straps through to make them lie flat or change direction, depending on how it's tied. I made mine vertical to the skirt, about the same length as the width of the straps.

Maybe I should make a tutorial for the tutorial challenge  Tongue
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« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2010 10:14:21 AM »

I love your skirt/dress.  I think the colour is absolutely fantastic.

Great job.

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« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2010 06:19:09 PM »

Fan-freaking-tastic! The dyeing technique alone blows me away, but I love the convertible part of the design! Please, please PLEASE enter the tutorial challenge with this!
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*fabulous* process pictures, and I love the one shoulder version (the fourth variation).

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« Reply #35 on: July 07, 2010 08:07:08 AM »

Very Cute!  I love all the different styles.
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« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2010 11:31:50 AM »

Okay this is genius!
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« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2010 09:50:56 AM »

Love the versatility! Awesome job!
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« Reply #38 on: July 12, 2010 12:20:25 AM »

Love this! You've done a great job with the dye - amazing colours.
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« Reply #39 on: July 12, 2010 11:28:29 AM »

This is utterly brilliant! I love it.
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« Reply #40 on: July 16, 2010 01:07:39 AM »

love the dress/skirt! and would LOVE a tutorial!
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« Reply #42 on: July 23, 2010 06:49:18 AM »

Does the skirt wrap around you once or 1 1/2 or 2 times is that how you gauge how large to make the skirt? Does that make sense?
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