Tuesday, January 03, 2017

14th Sewing Project: Rainbow Hippie Skirt

This one is overdue by three months, but I've just only found a top that matches it well.

I've had this bag of tie dye batik cloth scraps for the longest time, probably 10 years or so. Many times I've been urged to throw them away but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The colours were so pretty and when would I have a chance to have such variety of colours without having to buy 1 meter pieces each at the textile store.

patchwork scrap material tie dye
Rainbow hippie skirt

So in September during one of the long weekends, I set myself a goal to do this project after being inspired by a patchwork sewing video. I dug out the rainbow colours - remembering the order by reciting "Michael Jackson Keluar Hutan Beli ubI kayu Unggu". It was tough deciding which fabric made the cut as there were a few variants for each colour.

Fabric scraps that made the cut
I used an old skirt as a template and a folded corner of a note paper as I couldn't find my compass/protractor. Cutting out the pieces was a chore, I kept drawing the markings on the wrong side.

Drafting skirt pattern
Poppy keeping me company after being shoo-ed to a corner. She's volunteered herself into the chair jail.
Finally the pieces were ironed, marked and cut to size
All in all, it took me about 2 days to complete the skirt with lining and hidden zipper. At first, I was a little shy to wear it out because it really looks like beach/island wear. But on the last day of 2016, I threw caution to the wind and wore it out to a nearby mall. Yes, there were stares but I don't care - I made it and am proud to wear it!

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