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.

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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.
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After partially deconstructing the 2nd hand garments, I needed to assess what fabric I had to work with.
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After reviewing what I had to work with…I then created a design of the midi skirt I wanted to create.
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Reviewing my inspiration page alongside my partially made midi skirt.
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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.
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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.
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Checking to see how the skirt swish was going.
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As a quick way to create even gathers I use curtain tape. Great tip I know!
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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.
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Here are my nearly finished blanket stitched eyelets for the drawstrings. Pretty chuffed at how they turned out.
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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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