I mentioned here that I decided to design my own organic clothing pieces for my Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe this year. Designing my own clothing has always been something that I wanted to do, so now I’m finally doing it. The first piece I created was a Persimmon Organic Cotton Knit Shift Dress. The piece I’m sharing today is a faux wrap skirt that I created with the same organic cotton knit terry that I am using for all of these pieces along with cotton thread. I used this fiber reactive dye for this piece.
This isn’t really going to be a tutorial of how I made this skirt since I literally create as I go along. I have a clear idea in my head, get started, and try the piece on as I go. I always get a bit nervous before the dying process as I wonder if the color I chose is exactly what I want. I use fiber reactive dyes which gives a beautiful rich shade to organic cotton. I wanted to share with you my creative process.
1. I started with about 52 inches in width of fabric. The length of the fabric would finish right at knee length.
2. I pinned the waistband and sewed a clean edge.
3. I folded a little less than a third of the fabric and sewed down the complete length.
4. I added darts along the back of the skirt for a good fit.
5. I then cut another panel the exact same size as the front panel to complete the wrap.
6. I then pinned the second panel onto the skirt.
7. Here is the second panel sewed down.
8. I rounded the bottom corner of the wrap of the front and back panels and cut a diagonal line to the top of the wrap.
9. I then decided to cut a bit more fabric.
10. I decided to round out the bottom a bit more. I left the edges raw, yet stitched 1/2 inch along all of the edges for a more finished look.
Once again I will show how this skirt fits when I do My Lookbook once my Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe is complete. It may be hard to image, but this skirt fits great! It is almost hard to go wrong working with knit fabrics anyway. Plus knit fabrics form to the body so beautifully. Now I’m back to the sewing machine to work on the next piece!
Enjoy your weekend!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)