The “Bowled Over” Circle Skirt
Fabric: Skirt: black polyester/rayon mix (?) from Goodwill charity shop $3.99, Shirt: men’s dress shirt also from Goodwill $5.99
Pattern: Based on Vintage Vogue 2902
Notions: 7″ zip re-used from old skirt, buttons collected over years plus 5 value packs of white buttons in sale at Walmart $7.50
Time to complete: Skirt making: 3 hours, Shirt refashioning: 3 hours, Buttons glueing & sewing: 3 days
First worn: 22nd April 2012
Wear again? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
Total Cost: $17.48 (£10.87)
The challenge: “Everything Circle Skirts: This week, we’re going round and round in our circle skirt creations”.
883 buttons later…..
The sensible thing to do this week would have been to go and buy some gorgeous fabric and knock up a simple circle skirt in a couple of hours…..leaving me time to do some prep on the upcoming Sew Weekly challenges and do some much needed gardening.
But you know me by now. I don’t do ‘sensible’.
As Gordon Gecko said in Wall Street: “Sensible sewing’s for wimps”.
At least, that’s what I think he said…..I might be wrong on that one.
At first I thought I’d use this black fabric off-cut from my local Goodwill to make a plain skirt which I’d then paint a white silhouetted London skyline and Big Ben on it inspired by Frankie Morello’s Souvenir of Italy Spring/Summer 2012 collection. But then during some random/tangential internet surfing I stumbled across Paloma Faith’s New York video and found my inspiration for the week:
How gorgeous is that dress?!
I wanted it, or a reasonable attempt at it that could be made in under a week.
However, my budget money-wise and time-wise meant I had to make some shortcuts.
I had a fair number of small white buttons in my stash from years of a) saving that extra button or two they give you when you buys shirts/clothes, b) cutting buttons off clothes that go to the recycling ie. aren’t even suitable for thrifting……but I knew that wouldn’t be enough. Paloma’s appear to be pearlised buttons too from the sparkle they give off in the video…..I couldn’t afford to buy a large amount in pearly buttons (even though I’ve always wanted to be a Pearly Queen, and today being St. George’s Day is making me slightly homesick, most of my family are Cockneys……*wanders off to sing Knees Up Mother Brown*).
What was I saying? Oh yes. So I popped along to see what I could get mega-cheap from Jo-Ann’s or Walmart and luckily Walmart were selling their cheapo bargain packs of white buttons half price. Get in there! Result! So I bought 5 packs.
I made the black skirt using the Vintage Vogue 2902 pattern as a guide but wanted more swing than usual so cut front and back pieces out on the bias (with much head scratching and pattern repositioning to make them fit into my limited off-cut). I added a self-drafted waistband, a zip and hook and eye (if you want a laugh, check out how I managed to sew the hook and eye on Saturday on my Absobloominglutely).
Then I started putting the bowling pins and balls on the skirt. I found a suitable clip art that had the shapes I wanted, blew up their size a little to what I wanted, cut them out and used them as templates….using dressmaker’s chalk to trace shapes around them. I then used Gemtack glue to put a dot of glue on each button to hold them in place before sewing them on (far easier then holding them in place to sew on). The red buttons were all in my stash. I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to acquire so many red buttons.
I wanted something a little out of the different to wear with my skirt….and inspired by Frankie Morello’s Spring/Summer 2012 again I decided to refashion a men’s tuxedo shirt. So I popped back to my Goodwill charity store and chose a men’s oversized dress shirt (from about 6 available). Took the sides and arms in, chopped the arms off short, rehemmed everything and made buttoned loopy things to hold the remainder of the sleeves up (what do you call those things?) Oh, and I nicked Mr Devyne’s bow tie for the photos…..though I’m in the mood to make an extra long red silk one to go with this ensemble in the future.
Do you like my disco bowling ball? There was much discussion yesterday (ok argument) from my family about it not looking like a bowling ball. I say that any Rat Packing Bowling Broad shouldn’t be without a mirrored disco bowling ball. So there. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.