I think I’ve mentioned before (like in the Ruffled Corset T-Shirt post) that I’m a wee bit in love with Kimberly Perry’s outfit in the video for “All Your Life”
Just like her pretty corset, though, a full length chiffon ruffled skirt isn’t exactly practical for my life. So here’s my more wearable take on it.
I made it out of a poly-rayon interlock knit, so that it can wear for more than one season here. The knit stretches widthwise a little, but not lengthwise at all, which I thought was good so that the weight of the ruffles wouldn’t cause it to droop.
I think the red will let me wear it as a holiday skirt as well as enjoy it during the summer.
And yes, I took these pictures today and this is what December 18 looks like in Central Texas – the Bradford pear trees finally changed colors.
Here’s how I made the cool inset. I used a basic A-line skirt pattern, and then altered it. First, I cut out a triangle over my left thigh on the front piece.
Then I made the back longer in the center, like a fishtail skirt
Next I made three pieces shaped like this
The longest one was 9 inches at the longest part of the circle, the next was 7 inches, and then 5 inches. I used my new serger to do a rolled hem on the edges of these three pieces. Where the fabric stretched, I got a lettice effect, which was not planned but I like it. Then I lay those three pieces on top of each other and basted them together across the top.
I pinned this to the skirt front like this
And sewed it in place
Finally I made a bunch of 5 inch wide circle ruffle, did a rolled edge hem on it, and sewed it all the way around the bottom of the skirt.
I added some sweater tights from Target, boots borrowed from my mom’s closet, and since I’m the girl Hubby is going to love all his life, he agreed to take some quick pictures of it for me.
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