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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Denim skirt from my boyfriend's old jeans - my first recon on: January 02, 2006 09:46:03 AM
This is a denim skirt I made from an ancient pair of my boyfriend's levis. I have to say the major redeeming factor of this skirt besides its comfyness is that it ALWAYS makes me feel skinny to wear, even when I've just returned from a 4-day BBQ-eating visit to Tennessee (like now. I LOVE BBQ. And fried pickles are my new favorite food in the whole wide world.)

I didn't really use a tutorial- I just cut up the leg seams, folded over a bit in the front and back, and sewed it up. I also took in a little on the sides.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black satin foofy skirt and green-brown swishback pencil skirt! on: January 02, 2006 09:42:10 AM
The first skirt, the black satin one, I made a few weeks ago from scraps leftover from my Yamamoto jacket. The fabric had a matte side and a shiny side, so I wanted to take advantage of that - there are eight matte panels, with eight large satin godets inserted in between (I invented the pattern). I;m quite pleased with how it turned out. It has a lot of volume even without a petticoat, thanks to the godets

This skirt I made just last week. The day after christmas I hit an amazing fabric sale with my mom and stocked up on lots of lovely fabric. I didn't have space in my suitcase to bring it all back, so I chose just this herringbone. Its a brown and peacook green fine herringbone, really lovely. I can't wait to get the rest of the fabric when my mom comes up to visit in two weeks!

This skirt is a pencil skirt with a bit of A SWISH to the back. I previously posted a skirt like this that was grey. Its a pattern of my own design and I plan to make more when I get the rest of my fabric up. If there's interest, I can take step-by-step photos for a tutorial then

skirt front

skirt back

Thanks for looking!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pencil skirt with bustle/mini train panel in back on: October 24, 2005 04:27:35 AM
Another straight skirt with a neat back to wear to work. This one is a 4-panel straight skirt, except halfway down the back panel, I inserted a 1/4 circle of the same fabric. I was inspired by a Carolina Herrera skirt I saw in Vogue, but this turned out very different - instead of a kind of bias panel, like hers had, mine hangs more like a bustle or train, but I like how it turned out

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Swooshtail Skirt (inspired by J Crew Swishtail skirts) on: October 17, 2005 04:32:38 AM
Grey wool skirt  -straight in front, swish panel in back
boy do i have to clean that mirror!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help cutting perfect circles? on: August 10, 2005 11:11:10 AM
Does anyone have tips for cutting perfect circles for circle skirts? As it is I fold my fabric in quarters or eights and then measure out from the inner folded corner, mark, and cut, but my circles still tend to have bumps on the edges. Is there a gadget for this? Any other suggestions?
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / PinkUpholstery Pencil Skirt & denim circle skirt on: August 05, 2005 03:47:38 PM

I got a new (better!) job and have to dress a leetle more professional, so I've been making work clothes.
This is upholstery fabric and its fully lined in pink china silk.

The top in the photo is what I wore today with a dark denim circle skirt I made

and a little cropped 60s jacket in yellow linen.That skirt doesn't photograph too well, but its a dark denim full circle.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Supersized cherry skirt! on: August 02, 2005 05:18:52 PM

I just saw the gigantic cherries and it screamed circle skirt   Grin I wore it with a little white sweater to work, but I'm home now, and its HOT in Brooklyn
(I'm also kind of half sitting on a bookcase, which is why I look funny!)
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black linen 8-panel 8-godet skirt on: July 13, 2005 07:52:59 PM

Pardon my slip... This is the same pattern as the green 8-panel skirt I posted earlier, but this fabric holds the style MUCH better. Its lined in pink crepe, but the lining stops just short of the godets. Same fabric as the 50s style tailored circle skirt. 

oh...  and I FINALLY figured out how to insert pics!

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / fifties style tailored circle skirt on: July 07, 2005 05:43:13 PM
This is different from the pull-on circle skirts I've seen all the tutes for - its a full-circle skirt made of black linen, but without the stretchy waist. I followed the same directions to make the circle, but then after I cut out the waist, I had to cut a line out to the edge. I just sewed it up again, but I needed the seam so I'd have room for the zipper.


I made an inside facing for the waist from the same fabric and there's a side zip and hook/eye. Its a bad photo, but I'm really happy with it - its a nice change of pace from all the dirndl skrts in my closet.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 8 panel 8 godet trumpet skirt on: July 07, 2005 05:36:05 PM
I made this pattern from an ancient J Crew summer skirt that I loved. It suddenly occurred to me that since I can sew, I can make copies of my favorite stuff in different colors and fabrics...  I think I need to use a stiffer fabric next time - this is a lightweight silk, and I think all the seams are too much for it, but I'm pretty happy with it. It was my first godet project as well!

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