My workroom has become awash with denim……between the last few makes, I have also been picking up more jeans from ‘the euro rail’ (yup the local charity shop had to reduce all jeans to 1 euro to clear them out a few weeks ago….on one hand I gain by getting so much raw material so cheaply, but on the other hand it shows the levels of overconsumption…)
I had been meaning to try a skirt, as I have a good few dresses for winter, but want to try a skirt so I can mix and match with trousers and sweaters. I had doodled about some ideas, and in the end the main contenders were…………………….
It was pretty much playing about with some graphic shapes, the first being ‘the drawing exercise’ (is it a silhouette of a couple or a candle-stick…) and then going between 2 colour and 3 colour options. I decided to go for the jigsaw idea, though now with hindsight, I probably would have found drawing 3, 4 or 9 easier with the straight lines.
The dark denim was from a dress I did last year from a pair of jeans, I didn’t wear it much and figured most of it would go into making the skirt. The light denim was from another pair of jeans from ‘the euro rail’ (the reduced rail). I used an a-line skirt pattern I had, and divided it into 3 parts along the dart lines. I added the shapes to one side, and added seam allowance onto that.
The centre front and other side ended up being joined together and cut rather crudely from the dress front and dress back as there was insufficient fabric. It is not on grain but the seam line is relatively evenly matched and I figured I could get away with it given the fabric weight, and weave.
I placed the jigsaw shape side over the dark denim, pinned in place, and top-sewed in place – I was more organised with the second jigsaw panel, I clipped the curved edges before I turned it over with a tacking stitched, then pinned and top-stitched They are not perfect curves, but as it was a bit of an experiment, and a casual skirt, I am fine with this (and given my increasing need for glasses, I probably am well able to overlook it!). I used a zip from one of the pairs of jeans, and the inside leg scrap from the light denim for a curved waist facing.
Its a knee length skirt, and probably best suited for summer. Knee length is a funny length for me, I am experimenting teaming it up with different shoes/boots/tops and have not settled on a ‘winter’ look, as tights look a bit odd from the light denim sided….. but I don’t want to cut it short either…..
Iam also thinking of trying some of these graphic skirts for some wools off-cuts, which would work out well indeed.