I love all of the fabric that I dye and I really hate to waste any of it, so I always save the small pieces of fabric that are left over after I cut out a garment. When I build up enough of them, I turn them into something new!
I had a bunch of pieces in various shades of blue, some of which were pretty big, so I decided to make a floor length skirt. I used my own pattern, which I draped a few years ago. It is a flared skirt with a wide waistband. Originally, I designed the pattern as a wrap skirt, but for this project I didn’t have enough fabric for the overlapping layers, so I adjusted it to be a regular skirt with a side zipper.
I followed the same basic procedure that I did for my shibori kaftan. I laid out all of the small scrap pieces on top of the paper skirt pattern until I got the best arrangement, then I sewed them all together into larger pieces to cut out the full front and back skirt. Then I finished the skirt as usual.
I was a little confused about how to finish the side seam with the zipper in it. I sewed the rest of the skirt together with french seams, but combining that with an invisible zipper just didn’t seam (get it?) to work. I looked up a few tutorials about inserting invisible zippers into french seams, but they all involved clipping into the fabric near the bottom of the zipper, and I wasn’t comfortable doing that. The zipper is a point of stress and if the fabric started to fray there I would be quite displeased.
So, instead I decided to sew a regular seam on the zipper side of the skirt and finish the seam allowance with homemade bias binding! Piece of cake!
I installed the zipper, then finished off the inside of the waistband with a lining. I basted the lining into place by hand and then machine sewed it from the right side to make sure the stitches were straight. Then I added a hook and eye to keep the zipper closed.
And now it’s time for me to go to bed…goodnight!