DIY Gathered Skirt

Hello dearies!  I found this lovely lavender jersey a while back but I hadn’t found the time to do anything with it until this week.  Since I’m on spring break, I’ve had plenty of time to work a bunch of little projects I’ve wanted to do.  I decided to make an adorable high waisted ruched skirt out of this fabric, and it turned out absolutely lovely!Image

This is the light jersey fabric I got.  I bought about a metre.

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So I started out by making a pattern for the skirt part.  I just used a bristol board, and then traced it onto some tissue paper, which I pinned to the fabric when I cut.  It was easy enough.  So first I had to take my measurements, which I’ve displayed on the picture below.  (It’s length is 25″.)ImageSo after I cut two of this piece, I basted the edges together.  I did it by hand, but it’s definitely possible to do it using the machine as well.  In fact, it’s probably easier to baste on the machine, but mine doesn’t do it very well, so I just chose to save myself the hassle and do it by hand.  After I basted the edges, I pulled the ends of the threads to create the ruched effect.  I kept going until my skirt was about half the length it originally was.  After this came the tricky part.  I had to sew the edges and keep the ruffles in place.  I’ll admit it took me a couple tries and a LOT of tweaking before it finally looked right.  So my suggestion to you is really push those folds together and push them right into the needle.  I found that if I didn’t keep holding the folds together until they were literally right under the needle, they flattened out and then I had to go over them again.  ImageThis is what the skirt looked like after I pulled the threads to create the gathers.

So, see where the fabric folds and gathers along the edges?  Just hold those together and push them right through the machine to keep them from flattening out when sewing the edges together.

Anyway, after sewing the two sides, I turned the skirt right side out and it was time to sew the waistband in place.  For the waist band, I cut a long rectangle that was the width of my waist and 6″ in length.  I then folded it in half so it was 3″ x 27″ and then I folded it again so it was half the width and I had a big circle.  I sewed the two 3″ sides together so I had my waistband.  I then sewed the bottom of the waist band to the top of my skirt.Image

Sewing the waistband on.

This way when I flip up the waist band, everything is the right side out and it all looks nice and neat.

ImageI really like this skirt, because it’s going to be perfect for springtime.  The colour is absolutely lovely, and it’s one of those skirts that hides all those unwanted bumps and lumps thanks to the gathers in the fabric.  It really smooths everything out, but defines all the right places, due to the stretchy fabric.  And it’s great because I can adjust the gathers make it longer or shorter depending on where I’m going.  I’m very happy with my little project.

Hope this inspires more fashionistas out there to start sewing and be creative!

xxoo

Kate

Moschino Fall 2014 Collection

I recently read a few articles about the Fall/Winter 2014 Moschino Collection and it inspired me to throw my opinion out into the mix.  I’m going to guess that about half of the industry found the collection hilarious, while the other mostly likely deemed it trashy.  I have to admit, I’m a little caught in between the two arguments.  Yes, it was definitely shocking to see those clothes on the runway, however, I did find it a little trashy and I don’t think it deserves a place on the runway of Milan Fashion Week.  But that’s just my personal opinion.  I mean, it’s always great when people shake things up and remind us that fashion isn’t all about rigid rules, it’s about freedom of expression.  But at the same time, I think that the Fashion Weeks are supposed to be a little classier and therefore, based on that scale, I found the collection a completely throwaway.  I will point out that the silhouettes, and construction was lovely, and it would have been an absolutely darling collection, with different fabric and print choices.  On the scale of worldwide clothing, it definitely made me giggle a little.

And so, Jeremy Scott, I guess I’m saying that I’m going to be keeping an eye on you, because I definitely cannot wait to see what you do next.  (Might I just add, that doing this collection for your debut show at Moschino was either an extremely terrible move, or absolutely brilliant, but there’s no in between and I can’t quite decide which one it is yet.)

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As I said, the silhouette it pretty architectural and structured, and it would be nice if it weren’t for the Cheez Its print, in my opinion.

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So, as baffling as it is, this is my opinion of the Moschino collection.  And I know that it’s a little late, but I only just recently read some more reviews, which is what inspired me to throw mine out there as well.  So now, am I the only one torn between two completely different points of view?  I’d love to hear whether anyone else hated it or absolutely adored it.

xxoo

Kate

PS Photos from WWD.com

Paris Fashion Week 2014 Review: Louis Vuitton

Salut!  The fashion world has been waiting with bated breath for the Louis Vuitton show, with Nicolas Ghesquière at the helm, and it was definitely something special to witness the new beginning of the classic brand.  The new collection was absolutely stunning and one of the highlights of the week.  We say goodbye to the grand Marc Jacobs era and welcome the starting over of the house.  There are definitely some noticeable changes with the new creative director, for example, instead of the opulent sets we were so used to from Marc Jacobs, we witnessed a natural, minimalistic set with fewer guests from Ghesquière.  The collection itself was girlish and youthful, yet sophisticated.  The sophisticated air came from the rich fabrics, thick wool, crocodile, printed moleskin, and more.  But the girlishness came from the recurring A-line silhouette.  The colour palette included tones of cognac, beige and teal, with brighter pops of colour throughout the pieces.  There were many pieces that were so unique, they are bound to inspire a large number of designers.

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 I cannot wait to see more of the new direction the brand is taking, under the wise and talented hand of Nicolas Ghesquière.  I truly found this collection thrilling.

It’s the last day of Paris Fashion Week and it’s time to say our final goodbyes until next season! It’s been a hell of a week, as well as a month of fashion weeks, and we’ve seen some incredible collections, and wonderful new trends that I hope to see soon.

Au revoir ma belle,

xxoo

Kate