As I have been working on creating my coat (or not working) I decided a break from it was necessary. I am hopelessly behind the sew-along group and none of the sizes seem to fit and I'm not quite sure how to adjust a muslin to make sure it fits properly. So I set it aside and took a small break.
I was reading through Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing and ran across this skirt:
Gertie is my sewing idol. I love everything she creates. It was her blog that made me custom order a 1950s style cocktail party dress for my sister's upcoming wedding. I even own a crinoline now! As I skimmed through the tutorial, I figured "I can do this!!!" I can cut rectangles, I can hand sew, I can gather...I was set!
I searched for taffeta fabric on JoAnn's site and ran across their Halloween fabrics. The idea began to take shape in my head....I would create a skirt to wear to school for Halloween. My original fabric was a bright orange taffeta with black spiders all over it. But our local store didn't have it and once an idea forms in my head, all patience flies out. I needed fabric TODAY. NOW. It couldn't wait. I did find a solid orange taffeta and picked out a sheer spider web overlay. I called my sister to share my excitement in my great finds.
"Orange taffeta? Glittered spider webs with orange sequins? Are you wearing a sequined pumpkin shirt with it too?"
"Noooo, I can't do that. I'm just wearing a black twinset. I don't want to look ridiculous!"
"Right. Because you aren't going to look ridiculous already...I think that ship has sailed."
I had no idea how to do an overlay. I didn't know how to work with sheer fabrics. I couldn't find any tutorials online. I hauled out my sewing books and figured something out. Unfortunately, cheap taffeta is not something you can make a mistake with because there is no pulling out any seams without making a mess of the fabric. Once I reached the point of inserting the zipper, I was lost. How do I put a zipper in with the overlay? I ended up just sewing it all together and praying as I did....because however it went in was how it was staying....it sort of worked. But being a cheap skirt that will be worn one day a year, it will do (just don't look too closely).
I love my skirt. When on, it adds so much volume to an already voluminous figure that I could easily be mistaken for a house. I hope kids don't knock on my butt yelling "trick or treat!" But I don't care. It twirls. It sparkles. And I made it all by myself (oh, with Gertie's help...).