|Trying my best to look gamine.|
|Lion heads! Looking awfully calm and non-predatory, totally |
unlike Darth Vader's eyes on Star Wars-themed bedsheets.
|I don't know why Walnut was so glum about wearing a lion-print bandanna. After all, doesn't every housecat secretly think he's a lion? Maybe he's grumpy because I woke him up from his nap (on top of freshly laundered beach towels, no less).|
|A sketch of what I did for the skirt pieces.|
|Looking at that neckline makes me so happy.|
|Look at how pretty that corner is!|
Notions: None! I used self-fabric binding for the neck and armholes, so no need to dig into my bias-tape stash.
Techniques: Binding a V-neck, mitered corners to finish my skirt hem
Hours used: I sewed for about eight hours straight on Saturday, thanks to three football games and a baseball game keeping my husband occupied all day. Walnut was just about knocked out from the heat, so even he didn't demand my attention.
Will you make this again? I'm toying with the idea of making this again in a "real" fabric (read: not a bed sheet), like chiffon or something luxurious so that I can have a slightly less ridiculous twenties-ish dress, but knowing me, it probably won't happen. I do love this skirt, though, so I may use the diamond-shaped-side-godets trick again.
Total cost: $3 for the sheet
Final thoughts: Despite popular (and probably saner) opinions in the sewing blogiverse, every time I make something from a sheet I get really excited. And, in fact, the more ridiculous the print, the better. I was so happy wearing my lions, and the skirt is so deliciously twirly, and how perfect that I had a long string of pearls in my costume jewelery collection! My only gripe is the black shoes, but somehow I don't have any brownish heels. Or brownish shoes of any kind, actually. Hmm, this is a situation that needs to be ameliorated.
|I love how swishy this skirt is even when I'm not twirling and just walking normally. |
Also, my foot/leg looks totally bizarre in that bottom right picture.
Anyway, if you want to try your hand at my bias-cut top and skirt pattern, you can download it here:
Pattern (9 pages)
Instructions for sewing the top and making the skirt
For those of you who aren't my size, but are interested in how the pattern compares to a knit tee block:
- The front pattern piece ended up being 1.25" larger at the side seams than my knit block
- The back pattern piece is about two inches larger at the side seams right under the arm, but tapers to nothing at the waist; the center back seam is scooped at the waist and flares out at the hip, meaning that it can't be cut on the fold like a tee-shirt back piece would be
|I couldn't resist antiquing a couple of the pictures for a more vintage look!|