Yesterday I promised in print to spend some of my bank holiday Getting On With It. Then promptly took off to enjoy a DIY breakfast in the sun at St Katherine’s Dock, some husbandly trying on of jeans Up West, and, long after I’d had enough, being jostled about in the human pinball of the Apple store. What was I thinking?
Well, I was thinking about explaining how I made a bubble skirt from a long panelled skirt.
It started life as an ankle-length gored skirt – £1 from East Street market. I loved the slightly two-tone effect of the fabric (no idea what it is) but it was just too long and stuck straight out like a lampshade cover. Always got comments when I wore it, but mostly of the ‘What did you come as’ type. Ho-de-bleedin-ho, what a wag you are.
So I added a lining and scooped the skirt up into it. This didn’t quite shorten it enough, so some scrunched up irregular handfuls, handstitched down, gives it a sort of Ann Demeulemeester look and the texture brings out the heathery sheen of the two-tone colour.
This isn’t quite a tutorial, but to get the general idea of how I did it, dear reader, read on and then just
- shorten skirt to 65cm [60cm=required skirt length, 5cm=’bubble’ allowance]
- make a flared a-line or quarter circle lining in two pieces that has
- the same waist measurement as the skirt
- a smaller hem measurement as the skirt
- 5cm shorter than your required finished skirt length
- sew side seam, leaving 12cm (or length of zip) open at the top
- gather skirt hemline until the same length as lining hemline and sew lining to skirt at hemline, right sides together
- unpick the waistband and, wrong sides together, baste the lining to the skirt in the skirt’s waist seam allowance
- reattach the waistband
- handstitch the lining to each side of the zip
I feel I should sign off by saying something cool in flemish. But I actually don’t know how to say ANYTHING in flemish, so Voilà will have to do. Or allez!
Crossposted on Wardrobe Refashion.