I'm taking baby steps--this first post will be a quick one on a simple elastic waist skirt I made.
|Rainy day photo shoot!|
I used the same proportions as when I made this double-gauze skirt, but I only had wide white elastic, and I didn't like the way it looked with the more muted color palette of this lovely Melody Miller print. So I decided to make an easy encased elastic waistband this time, and I think it's a great look!
|I bought everything they had at Tomato in Nippori when I found this|
Melody Miller print for about $3.25 a yard! I think I've got about 8 yards of it left.
The waistband gives the skirt a little bit more professionally finished look, I think, than the exposed elastic waistband, although I think those have their place as well! Rather than just folding the fabric over to make a waistband, I cut one that was about 1.5 inches longer than my hip measurement. This reduces bulk at the waist while still allowing me to make an easy pull-on skirt. To figure the width, I just doubled the width of my elastic and added about an inch for seam allowances.
|My classic pose!|
When I wear this skirt, I usually push the gathers to the back so that I get a flatter front and more poof in the back. Just personal preference! And I also like the way it looks with an untucked top, although I definitely only wear full skirts with fitted tops, unlike many of the Japanese women I see walking around! They can pull off head-to-toe loose garments, but they just look like sacks on me.
I had to finish this shoot quick, since I was really starting to get wet!
The people walking down this street thought I was crazy!
I've got a few more things to show you, hopefully soon! I was pretty busy sewing things up before we left Tokyo since I knew it would be a few months before I saw all of my pretty fabric again.