The “Lee Krasner” Circle Skirt
Fabric: Black velveteen from Jo-Ann’s, 3.5 yards for $25
Pattern: Basic circle skirt
Notions: snaps, fastener, fabric paints, $10
Year: c. 1950s
Time to complete: About 7 hours
First worn: March 2012
Wear again? Yes, after finishing the painting.
Total Cost: Originally $35
It’s a pretty good guess that whenever a Sew Weekly Monday post is this late, there is some frantic rushing going on in my corner of San Francisco. This week, I didn’t start my creation until last (Sunday) night. A bunch of events came up during the week and I completely budgeted my time wrong. And, yesterday, my couple hours I planned to spend at the Alameda Antique Fair turned into about seven. So no, not a good time budgeter.
And now, a little about this week’s creation. After a suggestion by a friend to use abstract artist and wife-to-Jackson-Pollock, Lee Krasner, as my artist, I almost immediately knew that I wanted to use Untitled, 1948 as mart inspiration. There’s just something about this work that screams “puffy paints!” I knew I wanted to make a border print circle skirt, although I wasn’t sure just how I was going to replicate the art onto the skirt.
After toying around with the idea of using iron-on decals and embroidery, I decided to simply use fabric paint and freehand it as more an inspiration than a direct copy. The fabric of the skirt is black velveteen, just like the painted Mexican tourist skirts of the 1950s. If I hadn’t started last night, I would have made the border even thicker. Who knows, I may actually go back and add to it.
Thankfully, the abstract nature of the art gave me room to make this whole thing look a little like a hot mess. It works, though.
And although I ran out of time before I could finish the back of the skirt’s border, I think it looks fine as a semi-circle. I will get to finishing the rest of the painting. Eventually.
I’m kind of surprised I didn’t mess this whole thing up.