Thursday, July 17, 2008
This is the 4th Barcelona skirt I've made this summer (plus the two Barcelona Not-So-Reversible Wraps I tried to invent). This time I made a plaid one for a friend. We don't have the same body type at all (don't I wish we did) yet the medium size Barcelona skirt fits us both beautifully.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The real E. is delighted with E. Jr. He asked what would happen if we stuck pins in the doll. I told him he needs to be a very good boy--or else he'll find out.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I tried to make it up to myself by making matching covered buttons (instead of a lumpy waist-tie). The buttons seemed like a good idea; why tie a bow around my worst feature?
They I decided to trim with rickrack. Nothing screams "homemade" like rickrack, I know, but it's black. And it's already done. I was pleased with how it sandwiched in between the two layers. I had not tried this before. I stopped myself from using it around the entire hem. It just runs up the front edge.
After wearing this skirt for a few hours now, I wish I had made the waist tighter. Also, because the Barcelona fairs out at the bottom, it hangs a little funny at the bottom corners. Next time, I'll cut the sides straighter (like every single wrap skirt pattern I've ever seen). I'll probably also go with the traditional tie. Maybe I'll get to it tomorrow.
Conclusion: for less time and money than a movie, it's not a bad project.
Monday, July 7, 2008
To make: remove the casing at pillowcase's open end. I used that to make the matching belt. Cut two diagonal arm openings from the two top corners. I cut 2" in from corners and down about 6 inches. Cut the top end open and hem down to make a drawstring casings (front and back do not connect). Thread soft cotton rope through to create the shoulder drawstrings. Then hem to dress or tunic length. You could also use the belt fabric to make matching shoulder ties instead of the rope.