Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Self Drafted Culottes revamp

 What to do with long culottes that don't fit anymore? Obviously a skirt for the upcoming spring and summer. And not just any skirt. A gored skirt with a bit of flare at the bottom.

Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Lining and floral outside fabric are both 100" polyester
Time spent: As I had to do a lot of seam ripping before I could start cutting out the pieces, I spent a total of 5 hours on the drafting, seam ripping and sewing.

I've decided that I'm going to put "names" on customers, so that I'm not like "this lady and that lady" every post.

Let's call this one Ms.E, who came to me with a pair of culottes, that didn't fit her waist anymore and she didn't like the design much. Plus the fabric choice seemed a bit strange for a garment like this. But the print on the fabric just screamed summer and skirts. So I turned an old pair of culottes into a new awesomesauce skirt.

Lining and waistband

First I had to engage my seam ripper and undo all those seams. Then after drafting the pattern, I just cut it out of the pieces of the fabric. I used everything from the old garment. If it's not broke, why fix it? I reused the old invisible zipper and buttons, the old lining. But I did make a new waistband, because the old one was basically a bias tape, and it looked a bit too thin for a waistband for this skirt. It was a relatively quick project and it was a delight to sew. Plus Ms.E said that she has a dress she wants to revamp somehow and after seeing how something she couldn't wear became something she couldn't not wear, she has to go through her closet with a  scrutinizing eye :)


1 comment:

  1. Great save and it looks like you have a dedicated customer!