My original inspirations for this month’s design challenge were so different that I was worried I would not be able to create a garment that would compliment both pieces. My European villa cardigan with its bright colours and the graphic t-shirt seemed like opposites. This is why I called the challenge the semi-impossible design challenge. I am thrilled to report that it turned out to be a not so impossible design challenge. I think the finished skirt looks great with both pieces.
I love this skirt. My initial inspiration came from all the tiered and ruffled garments that were floating down the runways. I loved the look but was not ready to fly into a fluff of ruffles. I have been fighting my tomboy tendencies as long as I can remember. I thought this skirt was a nod to the trend while still suiting my body type and style. The skirt is comfortable, fun and stylish.
As always I try to think of what aspects I would alter if I were to make the garment again. When I was making the initial full sized toile, I made the bottom layer first and tried it on before I cut out the top tier. I think the skirt looks great in its final form, but it is pretty spectacular as one single layer as well. Without the frill of the top layer, your eye is drawn to the curves of the dress in a more subtle way. With its bright colour and unique shape your eye is drawn to the dress without it screaming, “look at me,” as I feel it did with the top layer.
The length was an issue with me. I feel it either needed to be longer or shorter. My fabulous sister-in-law agreed too when I showed up at her door wearing the toile that was held together with pins and made out of old blue bedsheets. Thanks for the consult Becky. I couldn’t make it longer as the length was all that could be accommodated on the fabric. As for shortening the dress, I decided to do just that after the photo shoot was over.
A huge thank you goes out to the photographer Arthur. The 4:15 am wake up, to be ready to shoot just after the sunrise, was rough but the beautiful stillness of the morning made it worth it. The Tim Horton’s breakfast sandwich after the shoot didn’t hurt either. Thanks, Arthur!