Saturday, 25 July 2015

Floral wrap skirt

After spending a lot of time with Kate over the past few months, I seem to be using her as a real life fashion inspiration. Thanks Kate! First, I was head over heels about gingham, and now I'm crushing on her tropical print wrap skirt.


The floral trend has really developed over the years, from large prints around the 80s and 90s (think Hillary in The Fresh Prince and Kelly in Saved by the Bell), to ditsy prints around the 00s (think... my entire wardrobe). It's now flourished into a very cool, very bold tropical print, with deep greens, leaves and folliage making its way into our fabric choices.




I loved Kate's tropical print wrap skirt, which looked so great in the sunshine at a festival. Its midi length made it comfortable and easy to wear for a day out, and long enough to keep covered when the sun goes down. The wrap element made it daring and flirty; a glimpse of bare leg is great for glorious sunny weather.

So, with this in mind, I headed straight to Fabric Land to find the perfect tropical print. The fabric needed to be lightweight for summer, opaque enough to keep my underwear hidden and needed to have a brilliant tropical print. Obviously the perfect fabric wasn't there, so I settled with a daisy print crepe de chine, very 'last year' but it was bright, lightweight and opaque.


I had no idea what I was doing with the skirt - no pattern, no real planning as per usual. A few quick 'wrap skirt tutorials' later and I had three rectangles of fabric.

I then created an elasticated waistband for the back panel of the skirt, and a non-elasticated waistband for the front two panels.

Fitting the skirt was easy peasy, the most challenging bit was working out just how much leg I wanted on show (turns out... not that much).

For the hem of the skirt, I wanted rounded corners. Because I didn't have a curved ruler at the time, I used a plate to create a rounded edge. This worked perfectly, and I even learned how to hem a curved edge.

Step 1: Tack the hem with large stitches. Press.
Step 2: Leaving the threads untied, pull each opposite end of the thread so the curve gently falls into place.
Step 3: Pin this in place, press, do anything you can to keep it smooth and curvy.
Step 4: Hem normally with a small, straight stitch.


Finally was the button holes. This is something I always avoid because I just don't have the patience to practice them. My machine has a 4-step button hole process but it turns out, it's always best with a button hole foot. Despite not having a foot, I managed two button holes; one on the inside of the skirt, and one on the outside.

Overall, wearing a skirt that is only held up by 2 make-shift button holes still fills me with dread in case it all falls apart and I'm left standing naked in the street for everyone to laugh at. Fortunately, I've tried and tested it and it's A-OK. (Weird photo alert).


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