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« on: July 05, 2014 12:38:42 AM »

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.


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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2014 03:59:15 AM »

WOW! What a wonderfully unique skirt  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2014 05:00:43 AM »

Amazing effort. It looks adorable!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2014 07:12:21 AM »

Super idea, turned out great. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2014 08:41:08 AM »

Amazing! that's a lot of seaming! And it made for a very cute skirt. Well done Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2014 08:49:22 AM »

That's a really cool idea for a skirt!
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2014 09:54:51 AM »

It turned out great! All those French seams...whoa. You get bonus points for patience.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2014 11:13:47 AM »

I've recently decided (despite having a serger) that I really prefer the french seams, and I know how long they take!  Amazing patience to do that, and it looks great!
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014 10:03:49 AM »

This is great!  You did a good job.  I made a quilt block with a millions seams once and it weighed a TON!  Is your skirt heavy because of all the seaming?
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014 04:51:18 PM »

Is your skirt heavy because of all the seaming?

Not nearly as heavy as I expected it to be, to be honest. It's heavier than a "normal" skirt, but not insane heavy
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