The “Killing Me Softly Pleated Skirt”
Fabric: Reclaimed fabric from a Salvation Army purchase ($2.50)
Pattern: Totally made it up as I went along, but had a little help from Gertie, Casey, and Megan.
Notions: 2 Hook & Eye from my stash
Time to complete: 4.5 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Yes! Absolutely! But it needs some fixing in the waistband area–I can hardly breathe in it and most definitely cannot sit down!
Total Cost: $2.50
Greetings and salutations,
I had been looking forward to the “Make the Look” challenge. When it was first suggested as a theme, visions of lovely 1950s and early 1960s dresses so popular on ModCloth and Shabby Apple danced through my head. Large bell-shaped skirts, slim-fitting bodices, maybe something with chevrons or bows… the possibilities seemed endless!
But reality is a cruel mistress (or at least one with a very sly sense of humor). I was lucky enough to land a freelance writing gig and have spent the last week diligently working on that project. So, with the Make This Look challenge due date quickly approaching, all the vintage-inspired projects became less and less of a possibility. One evening, as I was sewing a button back onto my beau’s PJ pants, I saw this hanging on Ethel (so named because I so very often feel like I’m stuck in an episode of I Love Lucy when sewing:
And inspiration struck! I rushed to my computer and logged on.
Ladies, if you don’t have Pinterest yet, you need it. It’s totally
addictive a life saver and a great way to bookmark all those lovely things you see online. I waste hours spend a certain amount of time carefully cultivating my obscene amount very organized boards. Point is, I remember I had pinned these lovelies awhile back:
I decided that with the limited time I had, I could re-purpose an ugly old dress into something pretty.
So I picked, and I chopped (there were some eraser sized holes about five inches in from the seam that had to go), and re-sewed, and did some math to draft a simple waist band. I don’t know went amok and awry with the math (yes, I do… I attempted it in the first place!) but the waistband ended up a little tighter than I wanted, which made the skirt sit on my natural waist. Which… I kinda like. Though my boyfriend and I did have the following moment (and this is where the skirt gets it’s name):
Boy (attempting to critically eye my backside per my request): It looks like a bustle.
Me (whipping around and craning my neck in an attempt to see my rear): WHAT?!!?
Boy: Oh no.
Me (in a deathly soft voice that says “Tread lightly, mister”): Are you saying my @$$ is big?
Boy: No! Nonono. I think I used the wrong word…?
Me: You’re killing me smalls…
Yeah. Wrong word indeed (turns out he was talking about the waistband…?). But he’s learning! Poor guy has to be both a boyfriend and honest when I say, “Be honest–and I mean it!–does this…..”
The whole process kinda felt like cheating as there was no pattern involved but I’m pretty proud of the end result so the guilt’s really short lived. So here it is, my Make This Look: The Killing Me Softly Pleated Skirt!
(We’re still working on getting good pictures, so I apologize if you can’t see the pleats. They’re there!)