I used to work for a church national office, and after a mission exposure trip to India my boss brought back a HUGE piece of absolutely beautiful hand block-stamped fabric that she picked up for a smile in India.
Needless to say I was overwhelmed by such a gift and then overwhelmed by a BIG, SQUARE piece of fabric. The fabric was square, the print was square... square square square... so naturally I kept thinking I needed to make something square out of it because I didn't want to waste it or lose the wonderful printing etc etc etc.
So it sat in my pile of fabric. For 5 years.
Well, I haven't worked there for over 2 years now, and I finally decided that I wasn't going to make something square out of it. It was, in fact, begging to be made into a circle skirt.
So I sat down, I folded it up and I cut a circle out of the fabric. Okay, okay - I made the hubs cut the circle (it's out of my hands that way - ha ha). And then I got to sewing. I fussy cut a waistband out of one of the surplus edges of fabric and I put in a zipper and I sewed and sewed. And then I realized that not only did it need to be a circle skirt, but it needed to have a hand ruffled hem. (Did I mention that I don't always think things through?)
After cutting strips of fabric, and then painstakingly hand ruffling and pinning down around the edge of the skirt, and sewing that on... then I started hemming the ruffle.
About halfway through the 300+ inches of hemline on that sucker I stopped, rolled my shoulders and said to the hubs: "Next time I say I'm going to sew a circle skirt, just remind me of this, okay?" . And then I toughed it out.
And here it is! In all it's glory. I kind of like how the big square pattern has become sort of funky and assymetrical, while not losing any of the wonderful qualities and unique bits and pieces that come from the hand stamped process.
Let me know what you think!
Me, wearing the skirt. Making a face at the hubs, taking the pic.
The pattern and the ruffle. And the face that says "Have you taken the damn pic yet or what?!"
hand ruffled 318in.
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