The “Home Among the Roses” Skirt
Fabric: Cotton – Refashioned dress from Op Shop
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: Out to dinner with the boyfriend.
Wear again: Yes!
Total price: Under $15
I’ve been rather lazy lately. I’ve made several garments over the past few weeks for Sew Weekly Challenges but either I just haven’t been in the mood to get in front of the camera, or when I am in the mood then the Boyfriend can’t be bothered and there is no one else around to pester into taking photos.
There was no one around today either but I wanted to get some photos done so out came the tri-pod, self timers was set and I did a whole lot of running back & forth!!!
I decided instead of using a City as my location inspiration I would use a place that is very important to me. In fact it is the most important location in my life – Home.
My parents built our home from the ground up over 15 years ago. And the rose gardens on our property have been a labour of love for both Mum & Dad almost since the beginning.
Unfortunately as it is Autumn here you won’t get to see the roses in all their glory, however they are still very beautiful. Mum & Dad have over 100 different roses. Whenever I see roses, I think of home. I guess they represent home for all of us. So much so that one of my younger brothers has a tattoo of 5 roses (chosen from our garden). One rose for each member of our family.
This skirt was a breeze to make. It was originally a strapless dress that I picked up for $12 from an Op Shop close to work. It was a little big and the original plan was to take it in and add straps to it (strapless dresses and I don’t really get along). In the end I decided I loved the print too much for this to be a garment that I would only wear once-in-a-while so instead it became a skirt that I will wear more often.
I un-stitch the bodice and used bits of that as well as the original waist band (that was only at the front of the dress) to create a new waist band. I inserted a short exposed zip at the center back and that was it! So simple, especially when I used the existing hem-line.
Unfortunately while I was running to and from the camera getting these photos, my skirt got caught on one of the roses (*damn*) and it tore a hole in the hem at the back so it will need to have the hem shortened to repair the damage before I wear it again.