Friday, May 31, 2013

floaty yellow skirt

Floatly yellow skirt?  I'm pretty imaginative with my me-made names, no?  I just blank when trying to be clever ;-)


This fabric started out in the bin at Michael Levine loft in downtown LA.  Some lady had it in her hands at first and I kept giving it the sidelong eye.  I love yellow and this looked so Florida tropical, I really wanted it.  She changed her mind and dropped it back in the bin and I jumped, huzzah!  Overall, it ended up being almost 2 yards at 60" wide, and...it's SILK!  That in itself is almost unheard of at the Loft.  Most everything requires some sort of polyester content to make it's way in that place.  I suspected as much when I bought it, but did a burn test when I got home, and got the ash and hair smell that proved me wrong.  Even better, if you're not familiar with the Loft, everything is $2 a pound.  A POUND.  So yeah, it was quite the bargain.

Having had my "colors" done as a teenager (anybody else ever do that?), I know yellow isn't my color.  Not by my face at least.  But I really love it anyway.  So, this fabric was destined to become the flowingest, flowy silk maxi skirt I could muster.  Of course, in my utmost wisdom, I screwed up cutting it out.  Seems like I have to attempt a project a couple times before I can get it right.  I screwed up my black jersey maxi, too, and had to redo it as well.  In my mind, I want my maxi's more of an A-line shape, not a rectangle.  But what I do is cut them to end up rectangle.  Why do I do that? 

 air venting

After sewing it, I put it on, and it wasn't the flowy, silky version I had imagined.  It felt constricting.  So, not having enough to recut the skirt (and what a waste that would be anyway), I decided to add some slits up the sides to give it movement.  Right now, they are in the perfect place, as I'm wearing the skirt above the bump, but post-baby I will extend the slits higher and redo the hem for a shorter length.  Now, I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  

 bemberg lining

The fabric alone is quite sheer, so I lined it with some white bemberg rayon I had in my stash.  For the hems and slits, I serged them, then turned over and straight stitched them in place.  The end result is this is one of the most comfortable me-mades yet.  These pictures were taken as soon as we got home from a flight, hence the wrinkles and tired face (sorry), and it was so very comfy.  Basically, it feels like I'm not wearing anything, hehe.  And isn't being nekkid the most comfortable we can be?  I think so.


Not quite the flowing, ethereal skirt of my imagination, but pretty damn happy with the end result anyway!



12 comments:

  1. You look radiant. What a gorgeous print. I would have hoped the lady left it behind as well.

    And yes, you can't get more comfortable than nekkid.

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  2. That print reminds me of Marc Jacobs silk I've seen in Mood, but I actually like the loft silk better! I would never think of making flowy fabric in to a maxi skirt and now I can't think why, it looks great, and comfy too!

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  3. What a fantastic skirt, and you're looking great too x

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    1. Thanks, Kerry :) It's all about the maxi's right now!

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  4. I would have been following her around too! What a beautiful fabric - I'm glad you were able to score it! Such a beautiful, summery skirt. I'm all about the maxis right now :-)

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    1. Thank you :) And for real, I could live in maxi's right now!

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  5. Love the print!!!!!!!!! Its drape is fantastic, you look beautiful :-)

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    1. You are so sweet!! Thank you, Maider!

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  6. What a happy, fun skirt! I love it!

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    1. Heck yes, how can you not be happy in bright yellow?

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