The “Channeling Björk” Outfit
Fabric: Pettiskirt: pink sheeting from stash, and cerise tulle $7.88 Top: black/cerise stripe remnant with fault $1.49
Patterns: Pettiskirt: based on tutorials for a half slip and Carrie’s SATC tutu skirt from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing and Trash to Couture Top: self drafted from existing top with sleeves inspired by Sistahs of Harlem t-shirt hack tutorial
Year: 80’s/90’s inspired
Notions: 1/2″ elastic from stash and thread
Time to complete: Pettiskirt: 6 hours, Top: 1 hour
First worn: 29th April 2012
Wear again? Yes (but not together….one can have too much pink)
Total Cost: $9.37 (£5.77)
The challenge: “Tickled Pink: This week, we’re going all girl and sewing with the color pink”.
“Pink is for girls. Girls are delicate and ladylike”
“Fat women shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes”
“Women in their 40’s shouldn’t wear tutus”
I say pah! Pif! A pox on society’s opinions!
Now I know this looks a rather ‘unusual’ get up this week…..and I’m not totally sure I’ll be shopping for my groceries in it real soon (especially as these are Goth Child’s army boots (my eldest) and she needs them back for ROTC)……but there was method in my madness.
For weeks I’ve been making do with a petticoat I made out of 3 tiers of bed valance and a folded piece of red tulle gathered by a waist elastic under my circle and fuller skirts. I’ve been thinking for a while I needed a proper tulle petticoat.
And trust me, I did start out with the intention to make a 50’s style 3 tier tulle petticoat ala the wonderful tutorial on Sugardale. But then I thought about Carrie’s tutu pettiskirt at the start of every Sex and the City episode, and I wondered if I made one of those whether I could wear it as underwear AND outerwear.
Then the pinkness of the pink made me feel all 80’s rather than 90’s so I thought I’d adapt Trash to Couture’s Carrie pettiskirt tutorial to more of a ra-ra skirt feel, with 4 shallower tiers so they’d stick out more. Which is what I did.
I made myself a bottom cotton half slip as per Gertie’s tutorial as a base, and sewed 4 rows of tulle in 6″ wide strips (2 layers in each tier, the bottom two tiers being 6yds gathered to the slip width and the top two tiers being 3yds gathered to slip width…..I wanted it pretty straightish, I don’t need any extra width at my hips!).
Unfortunately, I can’t leave things well alone……so I decided now I’d gather 4 pieces of tulle 3yds long each and 12″ wide for a top layer. Hence the shape of the finished pettiskirt. But look, my pettiskirt now has a petticoat underneath! (I’m sorry, little things amuse me):
I made the top out a piece of black and pink striped knit that I found in one of my favourite discount fabric stores. It had a rip in it so I got it even cheaper! Result! And as the rip lay exactly on a stripe it was mega easy to darn. I used an existing t-shirt I had for the pattern and the Sistahs of Harlem t-shirt hack tutorial inspired the ‘sleeves’.
Unfortunately the t-shirt I used as a template has more stretch in it than this black/pink stripe material…..so I could have done with cutting it with more ease……and then perhaps it wouldn’t keep rolling up at the bottom so annoyingly ;)
However, that’s one of the lovely things about these Sew Weekly challenges isn’t it? You live and learn.
This week I learned:
- check how much stretch your material has in comparison to a piece you might be using as a template
- don’t be an idiot and roll out your 6yds of tulle before cutting 6″ strips from it……roll it into a nice uniform even tube and cut it up like sausages as shown on Trash to Couture tutorial (why the heck didn’t I think of this?! It would have saved so much time and frustration)
- sewing knits isn’t as difficult as I thought it was….I shall do more!
- making a t-shirt isn’t as difficult as I thought it was……I shall do more!
- how satisfying matching contrasting stripes up can be (which you can just about see on the side seam here)
I was also reminded how much I adore Björk from the days I first danced to her wonderfully unique voice with the Sugarcubes through her beautifully crafted videos with Michel Gondry, her fashion choices (and madness) to her incredible innovations with music and interactivity in recent years….I can’t actually choose my favourite song, there are too many but the one that always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end is her performance of Hyperballad at the Royal Albert Hall. Gorgeous.
I’ll be more conventional next week, promise :)