Fabric Fun

I promised that when I came up for air this week, I’d post the fabric pieces—skirt, necklace, and bracelet—that I wore at convention. None of them were made from a pattern (sorry, that would be too easy, huh?). So here they are—the bracelet and necklace are pretty self-explanatory, and I’ve included general directions for the skirt. No need for a lot of measurements, since the measurements will differ for each of us because we wear different sizes! (smile)

This skirt used almost exactly three packages of our fabric—my friend designed it and made it for me. She identified a Fabric A, B, and C (there are three different patterns in the package). She cut out a basic A-line skirt (two identical pieces for a front and back) from Fabric A; for me, the waist measured 22 inches on the top, 27 inches at the bottom, and the entire 18 inches height of the extra-wide fat  quarter). She sewed the two pieces, right sides together, down the side seams.

The waist is just a drawstring. Fold the fabric down to make a drawstring casing, cut out a buttonhole in the front to thread the drawstring (our twill tape), and then thread the tape through.

Next, you add five rows, alternating fabric. Row 1 is made of Fabric B; she cut two and a half strips of fabric, measuring five inches high, running the length of the extra-wide fat quarter (28 inches). She sewed the strips end to end into one continuous strip, slightly gathered the top, then attached it to the skirt.

Row 2 is made of Fabric C. She cut three and a half strips of fabric, four inches high, running the length of the extra-wide fat quarter. Sew the strips together, end to end, into one continuous piece, slightly gather the top, then attach the strip to the skirt.

Row 3 is made of Fabric A—four strips, five inches high, cut the length of the fabric. Sew the strips together, end to end, slightly gather the top, then attach to the skirt.

Row 4—Fabric B, four and a half strips, four inches high, cut the length of the extra-wide fat quarter. Sew end to end, gather top, and attach to skirt.

Row 5 (last row)—Fabric C, five strips, five and a half inches high, sewn end to end, gathered and attached.

On the seam of each row, she added ribbon embellishments, using Crochet trin and our new seam binding. You can check out the close-up photo to see the specifics; you may want to use your own creativity to decorate your skirt. She added our Antique brads along the bottom row, for an extra added little flourish.

Sara and I made the necklace and bracelet; they were quick and simple to make.

If you make these—enjoy! I’d love to see photos of your fabric creations!

And now I’m off to our regional in Hamilton, Ontario! Have a great weekend!