The “Champ de Mars” Skirt

The Facts
Fabric: Japanese cotton from local store ($9/yard)
Pattern: Self-drafted: rectangle skirt with waist band
Year: None
Notions: Normal zipper ($0.50), Eiffel tower charm ($1)
Time to complete:
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Definitely!!
Total Cost: ~$8

I have been wanting to make a France-Paris themed accessory and this week’s theme came in handy. My creation is not accessory-inspired per se; the theme lies in the detailing of a charm. When I purchased the zipper (which comes with a little hook for a charm), I envisioned a simple rectangle floral skirt with the zipper attached at the center back so I went to search for the perfect fabric. I am so glad that I found it in my usual local fabric store. They are so well-stocked with Japanese cotton and almost everything else I need! Yay!!!

I made this new skirt for the new school term(it begins today, 9th Jan!). I hope this semester will be a fruitful one and my application for a 4-week exchange in France is successful.


So here’s a lucky charm for the application!



Educator; Musician; Leisure Seamstress I have always wanted to turn bundles of cloths to wearable pieces since young. It was finally a dream come true in February 2010 when I began my lessons at Kadomay. No turning back ever since! I love colours, cheongsams, lace, dresses, anything aesthetically pleasing. I don’t believe in ready paper patterns. I draft my own patterns. I love to feel, see, smell and touch cloths. I love the sound produced when you cut a piece of fabric (with a pair of sharp scissors of course). My dress-making motto Minimalist, sophisticated, elegant, to be worn at any time of day (Coco Chanel)


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  1. The charm is a really cute interpretation of the theme.

  2. Really sweet little charm and I love the sweet skirt.

  3. The charm is such a cute inspiration :)