Monday, January 16, 2012

THE TABLE RUNNER SKIRT

It has been a little lifetime since I sat in front of the sewing machine! One busy week turned into the next and in between I have been a bit lazy too. But when you find the right fabric it all falls into place. That's what happened when I came across these two table runners at a charity shop in Helsinki. When I bought them I actually thought I was buying curtains. As I was planning on making a dress out of them I was a little more than disappointed when I laid them out on the floor and realized they were as narrow as can be. So, I decided to make a skirt. I wanted to use the vintage pattern that I used for this skirt, but after cutting all the pieces I realized I had forgot to cut one of the two back pieces and I had no fabric left. I put the pattern away and started cutting and sewing as I pleased. I had so much more fun when I wasn't worrying about following the pattern instructions to a tee. This time the way I happened to cut the fabric was the right way to do it.

Because the table runners were so narrow I started off with sewing them together. I was a bit worried about the seam and thought I'd cover it with some ribbon. What I didn't realize was that the seam actually works as a sort of crinoline as it's so stiff. The skirt keeps it shape no matter what. Now that is exactly what a skirt is meant to do! I also ran out of fabric for the waistband so I used some leftover denim that matches the navy of the leaves. Oooh and I made French seams for the first time ever. I'm such a fan!

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As a final touch I added a little denim heart at the end of the zipper. A heart on your butt can never be wrong.

3 comments:

  1. I love it! The shape is so fun, and the heart sets its off perfectly :)

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  2. Off-road sewing is so much more fun than sticking to instructions... your skirt is just fab!

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  3. Cute - it looks very like the Vivienne Westwood "mini-crinis" that I and my friends were obsessed with in London during the 80s.

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