The skirt is two layers of taffeta with a couple of layers of stiff netting in between, cut in circles then folded into sixths and trimmed to petal shape. I made the circles extra big to allow me to sew darts in each petal to give them shape. Then I hand-painted the petals, using lots of water (and a serendipitous rain shower while it was drying on the line) to blend. I added some hand stitching where the petals overlap, so that they can’t fall open and expose anything. I wanted the top to reference the calyx of a flower, so this tone on tone striped green knit was perfect (and on sale!). I played with the direction of the stripes while draping the t-shirt to add texture, curved the sleeve edges to resemble the curved hem, and then topped the look off with a flower made from taffeta scraps.
I have been pondering a tulip skirt for a while, but I didn’t want a traditional tulip skirt, or one of the flat petal skirts I’ve seen; I wanted sculptural shape and coloring so that the skirt would really look like a flower. And then it clicked for me while looking at the themes for this season – a circle skirt is the perfect shape to adapt, because of the way it causes the petals to hang.