Reverse Garbage’s annual Worn Out showcase celebrating the creativity of the refashion communities of Brisbane was the driver behind my designs.  With two outfits to create I made one to suit me and another for a younger girl.  Inspired by Giovanna Battaglia’s style of a “quote” t-shirt and long midi skirt + Atlantic Pacific blogger, Blair Eadie’s red and white gingham style + other red/white fashionistas, I set out to find 2nd hand items in red and white stripes and gingham to upcycle.  Here is part 1 of my story of the creation of the skirt, the first item I made.

All the 2nd hand items salvaged from Suited to Success + an old red taffeta ball gown made by my Auntie in the 1980’s + an old embroidered dress + dead stock trims from Easton Pearson.
After partially deconstructing the 2nd hand garments, I needed to assess what fabric I had to work with.
After reviewing what I had to work with…I then created a design of the midi skirt I wanted to create.
Reviewing my inspiration page alongside my partially made midi skirt.
After the striped panels are completed, laying them out on the ball gown helps to see if the design actually looks good and on track.
I cut the ballgown skirt into 8 gore panels, avoiding the holes and tears that had happened over time. Then the prepared strips using the 2nd hand garments were sewn in-between, making sure I added side seam pockets, because everyone loves pockets. The front panels use the front plackets to create the button down front.
Checking to see how the skirt swish was going.
As a quick way to create even gathers I use curtain tape. Great tip I know!
As the waistband was using drawstrings I needed to make openings in the waistband at the front. I love adding some hand sewing to my design and this blanket stitched giant eyelet was perfect. Taught myself to do this as I had never done it before. This was my practice.
Here are my nearly finished blanket stitched eyelets for the drawstrings. Pretty chuffed at how they turned out.
I made sure the sleeve plackets were placed at the hem and hand-stitched the hem with embroidery thread.

And the finished skirt…

featuring these personal touches…

Look out for my next blog posts about the T-shirt, the bag & accessories I created using the left over fabric.

Until next time.

Cat xo

Posted by:catcarew

Brisbane Personal Stylist + Wardrobe Curator + Fashion Up-cycler + Helping women express themselves stylishly, sustainably, without the clutter.

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