Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hello! I'm New!

I'm so excited to become part of the Refashion Co-Op bloggers! I have a big sewing studio in my mom's basement and my creations evolve out of whatever catches my eye at the time. I'm afraid there is little planning most of the time. The above picture are some of my creations so you can see what I come up with.
Fairy lacy skirts are very popular. So I thought for my first post I would discuss my process. I always had such a hard time with the planning part. All these little pieces and snippets of lace, linens and just scraps of whatever I just couldn't through away. Here is my current pile....

I call it my Beautiful Mess. I needed a formula so I could make more of them for my shop. I finally figured it out. I took some basic muslin (you could use a white sheet or any material that won't show too much), and cut it in to three inch strips as long as you can find. I do sew some strips together. Then I just start laying down my snippets and sewing them down to the top of the strips. Everything gets smushed and bunched up along the way so it looks full. The length of your scraps will depend on the length you want for your skirt. When I have enough  of the muslin strip covered, I find a skirt base (usually white) and starting at the bottom. I wind the strip upward and around the skirt making sure the top layers overlap the bottom layers. You can go all the way to the top or leave some of the top of the skirt uncovered and do something more simple. Here is everything crammed into the sewing machine.
And here is the finished product. I just covered the top with a long strip of some really nice lace I had in my scrap pile.

Hope you enjoyed my first post. I'm just learning how things are done here, so be kind. I'll do my best to make things interesting! You are welcome to visit my blog at www.curiousorangecat.com. And again, thank you for allowing me to be here!

6 comments:

prolificprojectstarter said...

What a great idea, thanks

Cornflower Pink said...

Hi and welcome. Your work is the most beautiful and interesting I've seen in the years I've been following Refashion. Looking forward to more postings and getting inspired along the way. Thank you!

jennifer elliott said...

Welcome to the site! I love love love the skirt, especially with the lace piece on top. So cute. I like to know that I'm not the only who tries to shove a bunch of fabric into the sewing machine. :) Great refashion!

Elizabeth Hill said...

Beautiful! Welcome to Refashion Co-op! I'm looking forward to seeing your other work!

- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

Valerie said...

Wow! I love it! Can't wait to see more!

Amy Jo said...

I'm excited to see more of your beautiful work and learn more of your process. Gorgeous skirt. Welcome!