The “I Heart Dancing” Skirt
Fabric: $2 heart printed chiffon and $1.39 blue china silk lining
Pattern: Tutorial found here
Notions: $2 2in elastic
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: $5.39
I was really excited to make my very first circle skirt, and I wanted to use a flowy fabric. I had this heart printed chiffon I had been saving for a particular dress I wanted to draft, but decided against it. I think it makes a better skirt anyways. i found a tutorial to help me make a modern circle skirt that I could dance in. I found it here. I think next to sewing, I love dancing. I grew up dancing. I certainly don’t have the arches or height to be a pro dancer, but I can still enjoy the activity. I am obsessed with So You Think You Can Dance, and I have a secret crush on season 2’s winner, Benji Schwimmer. Swing dancing is my favorite style, though I was trained in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Swing is just more fun, especially with a partner. After 6 years of marriage I have my husband more willing to take swing lessons with me – my only partner has been my dad and he is way too busy being 70.
I had a really hard time making this skirt, surprising to others but not surprising to me. I found that tutorial and thought – this is going to be so easy! Umm…next time I should really read the directions and not just rely on the pictures. My bad. Every time I sewed the elastic to my fabric, I wasn’t pulling on the elastic to give the fabric room for my child bearing hips to fit into.So I ended up seam ripping and re-sewing 3 times! I could saved time reading directions like the smart person I know I could be.
When it came to taking pictures, we had no time once I finally finished the skirt. We were in crunch mode. These photos were taken at 6AM PST right after it rained at 53 degrees F right behind our condo (ugly background and I was freezing) I won’t be surprised if this post isn’t a week day headliner. I also asked my husband not to get face shots – since I just woke up, brushed my hair and put on my outfit. It wasn’t a “pretty” morning after being at Disneyland the day before. I would have worn it to Disneyland and done pictures there, but it was so cold that day.