The Superfast “Out to Sea” Skirt | Adey Lim
Fabric: 1 metre blue fabric from stash and red/ white stripe remnant fabrics
Notions: Blue, red and white fabric paints and brushes $10, elastic for waist
Time to complete: 1.5 hours to sew, 5 hours to paint including drying & reapplying second layer of paint
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: ~$10
It was one of those rare weeks where I had less than a day to sew (and paint for this week's challenge) as the kiddos and dear hubby were home for the long weekends and public holidays. With family time high on my priority list, I had to resort to the most basic of skirts.
One metre of bright blue fabric was cut into two equal rectangles with right sides stitched back to back. The selvage at the bottom meant no hemming was required. The selvage of a red and white stripe fabric was cut with its "fray-able" side double pressed and stitched to the blue fabric. Thick elastic was then inserted into the stitched waistband of the skirt forming natural gathers. The sewing was completed in no time.
I had to handpaint one side of the skirt and let it dry before painting the other side and took the opportunity to paint images across the seam line. A seam to seam matching border print never looked this easy to accomplish. These photos were taken while I waited for layer one to dry. After applying the second layer and letting the paint dry, the colors are sealed with hot iron for 1 to 2 minutes.
The dotted waves joins nautical artifacts to create a border hand-painted design which was easy enough to be drawn freehand.
I actually loved the idea that the border looked hand-painted. It makes it all the more unique. I added the red and white fabric to the bottom of the skirt as I felt it brought out the hand painted colors and made the skirt even more interesting.