The “gimme some action” skirt
⁃ Fabric: Dark blue cotton (6€)
⁃ Pattern: Skirt “Marie” by burdastyle.com
⁃ Year: 2012
⁃ Notions: Zipper (3€) and fabric paints (9€)
⁃ Time to complete: 2 hours
⁃ First worn: February 2012, I wore it for a walk through my town
⁃ Wear again? Yes
⁃ Total price: 18€ ~ 24$
As I study history of art (among other subjects) I have been especially excited about this challenge. I went through a lot of power-point-presentations of past lectures, searching for the perfect inspiration. There were two things I was certain about: first it had to be something modern, second the fabric would be the art. My first idea was doing something Monet-inspired (maybe some water lilies painted on silk) but I decided it would be too difficult. Then I found the perfect thing: Jackson Pollock`s action paintings. I used his technique of dropping and throwing the paints onto the canvas to create my own art-fabric.
I did the painting in my mom`s garage, knowing it would get dirty. It was a lot of fun to play with colors. You can`t control how it turns out, which makes every move exciting, because you never know where the paint is going to land. After the painting I had to wait some days for the colors to dry. Then I could start sewing which really wasn`t the interesting part of this project. I took a very simple pattern because I didn`t want the garment to get too hectic.
When I was finished I had to wait another couple of days until spring started coming to Germany and wearing a skirt wouldn`t be suicidal. I love the skirt and I love the whole outfit I´m wearing on the pictures. It says: “I´m an art-student” A coffee-to-go makes this image perfect, I think, so I actually bought one for the pictures.