Archive for May, 2010

The (roaring) Dinosaur Skirt

My new favorite skirt, made from dinosaur print fabric found in the bin a the thrift shop, some batik in my stash, and modifying Simplicity 3877 to be a skirt. I like this skirt a lot although it might be a bit loud (hah), and have worn it 2-3 times already.

This is my first garment made during the current self-imposed moratorium on boughten clothing. Any clothing I want or need, I will sew myself from my big ‘ol fabric stash… excepting knits, like underwear (because I don’t have much experience sewing knits), and really cool vintage items of course.

Dinosaur skirt

I have made up 3877’s dress in view D before…. it is unfortunately a UFO now though, because I chose some holiday fabric and never got it done on time. I liked the swirly skirt though so I decided to adapt the skirt portion. I do need to figure out the best way to insert godets- once again I ignored Simplicity’s directions because I hate inserting gores after sewing both skirt portions together, and sewed one side to each skirt bit and then sewed the other skirt bit to both, but it still seems to be hanging a little oddly. Not enough to be awfully noticeable though!

Pattern mods: I nixed the top, shortened the skirt & the godets, and made a waistband. Also had to take in the skirt a bit at the waist. I made a facing and used 3 buttons instead of a zipper.

May 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm 1 comment

April BJP progress

halfway through april’s BJP, so here’s a photo. I wanted it to have a theme of ‘motion’, because April was a month where I suddenly felt that I was moving out of a ‘static’ place. However, by virtue of showing 4 ‘colored pencils’ moving, it’s ended up more a self-directed motion than anything freewheeling, actually, because a lot of such ‘motion’ is an outcome from things I have done prior coming to fruition.

april BJP, showing 4 'colored pencils' coloring the month

4 colors for the 4th month, and the 4th hour. 🙂 I think the quadrant at the end will be filled in with black like January’s (and March’s blue) quadrant to emphasize the color more. No numeral for this one- ‘4’ will merely be abstract/implied by the color!

Done with seed beads and 4 porcupine quills scavenged from some earrings. Early in April before the 2010 Edible Book Fest I went to the Chevron Trading post in Asheville and lolled in bead heaven for a half hour or so. I just love touching seed beads on hanks. (The coral beads on this month’s project came from that trip). Hahaha. Goodness, that reminds me I should post on this year’s Edible Book Fest….

May 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment


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