Monday, November 12, 2012

My Diagonal Ruffle Skirt!

         The night before I left to go to Houston for Market/Festival, I had to make a new skirt! I am sure that you understand . . . even though I was planning on getting up at 4:30am and it was already past 7:00pm . . . . 
             My plan was to make another one of the "Coastal Skirts" in the NEW Smoke ruffle fabric that had just come in. We even had received this awesome wide, but very soft and stretchy, waistband elastic! I asked one of my helpers to cut me off a couple of yards. Unfortunately, when I laid it out on my table at home, it was slightly less than 2 yards. Hmmm . . . .  yeah, hmmm, it right. When I measured my waist and divided by 2 and measured the length that I wanted the front to be, it was going to be right at my knee. Oh, dear! This is not the look that I was after. So, "Necessity is the mother of invention" or rather, my favorite:  this was going to be design opportunity!
              So, I studied it and studied it. I did not want to drive back to the shop that evening and cut more fabric. It needed to be in one single cut and I was not going to waist any fabric! So, I thought, there must be a way. I finally decided that if I cut the waist opening on the diagonal; rather than leave an opening in the selvedge. This was going to work much like cutting off the tip of an ice cream cone.  Then I would have the overall length that was totally necessary to be able to wear with my black books. I decided to be brave and go for it. I had no idea if it was going to work or hang right until I put it on; hence I needed to complete the project to determine its success.


But, it worked! And, I have published it in my new book, "Sewing with the New Ruffle Fabrics"

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  1. Once again you absolutely amaze me - thanks for sharing! Jan Murry

  2. Oh, my! I love this skirt! I want one now---it takes the ruffle fabric up three or four levels in my opinion. I'm living in Paris, and I'm hoping I can find the ruffle fabric here. If not, I'll gladly get it from the US. Thanks for the brilliant idea! I heard you gap have a book out, but so far, I can't find it.

  3. Oh this is just beautiful! It looks so expensive! Perfect for the fabric I saw in your booth last weekend at the Ft Worth show! I hope the show in Houston is a great one.