Sun-Print Skirt

This has been a very longterm project. Two years ago I prepared this fabric for a skirt but never got around putting it together (I was too scared to screw it up). But ow I felt confident enough to finish it and enjoy wearing my new skirt during the last warm days of summer.

Inspired by Alisa’s sun-print bag I tried this technique on a very hot sumer day. First I cut out the pieces for a skirt (my trusted burda pattern, you can see previous versions here, here, here, here and here). Then I colored the fabric with diluted fabric paint and quickly pressed on it leaves I found in the garden. The whole thing I put to dry in the hot sun.

The dried fabric now looked like this – you can see the shape of the leaves:

I am still not sure how exactly this works. Alisa believes that this happens because the leaves absorb the pigments from the wet color. This could be one possibility. An other possibility is that the fabric dries faster where it is not covered by a leave. The water, containing the paint particles, is then sucked out from underneath the leaves (through capillary effects and the moisture gradient) so that there is then less paint where the leaves have been. Or the reason cold be an entirely different one. I am a geek and I love to understand things. So, if you have knowledge (or an opinion) about this I love to hear it!

So, this is the skirt. I kept it very simple, no pockets, invisible zip at the side, no visible seams on the outside. One new thing I tried:  after closing the upper edge of the waist band, I stitched the seam allowance to the inner part of the waist band before folding it over. That way the inner part of the waistband is kept better in place and will not peak out at the upper edge.

The print is not as visible as much as I had hoped and I am still afraid that it might wash out (although I used fabric paint and ironed the thing about a hundred times). Enough reason to try again! Now our summer is almost over but next year I might turn this into an other project with my sons!

Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B. Alterations: I cut the back in one piece, put the invisible zip into the side seam, omitted the pockets, adjusted the length and have no visible seams on the outside.

Fabric: an old white cotton bed sheet, dyed using  Alisa’s sun-print technique and normal fabric paint bought at the local crafts store.

Will I do it again? YES! Its a fun technique! But next time it will probably something else than a skirt.

This is my contribution to RUMS.

Dieser Blogpost ist auf Englisch. Ich lese und beantworte Kommentare aber gerne auch auf Deutsch.

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The Social Skirt

Aren’t they cuddly? This are Sunny and Charlie our cute and furry family members. They live outside and luckily they still have their warm winter coats. It is end of April and minus 6 degrees Celsius at night! And the last two days we had snow! And it was freezing cold! Time to finish my woolen skirt!

Like many things, sewing is best done socially! Thus, I am very happy to tell you, that as of recently I am part of a small group of fabulous women coming together for our own little sewing bee. During our first two gatherings we all worked on our own realizations of the same skirt patter: my trusted Burda skirt (you can see previous versions here, here, here and here).

I still had this lovely wool-cotton blend from the Bogner fabric outlet in Munich lying around. I bought it with the intension of making a cardigan, but I never could bring myself to actually do it – mostly because I couldn’t figure out which pattern would be suitable. So, in time for a snowy spring I turned it into a skirt. It is nicely warm and cozy and I love to wear it on those cold April days. It is fully lined and I obviously love the pockets.

But. Ugh – I still have so much to learn! This skirt pattern was just not the right one for this thick fabric. I should have used a pattern without a waistband. The turned over seams are very bulky which made in particular the waistband very bulky. This also made the insertion of the invisible zip quite challenging. I did manage to get it in, but not as invisible as I would have wished.

I also underestimated the elasticity of the fabric. It does not feel that stretchy, but somehow this skirt became wider and wider and wider…. I did take out quite a bit of width at the back seam but I still can get in and out of the skirt without having to open the zipper…….

No, I will not show you the inner workings of this skirt (or the bulky waistband). The not-so-nice finishes on the inside show the traces of my struggles. But, what shall I say, I love that skirt! I love its coziness. And I love it because there are so many nice moments of sewing together with my friends stitched into it!

Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B, but I adjusted the length.

Fabric: Wool-cotton blend from the Bogner StoffShop in Munich.

Will I do it again? Not again in this combination!

Update: To keep the skirt from falling off, I pulled an elastic band through the waistband. The elastic band is holding in the waistband only a tiny bit, but enough to greatly improve the skirt’s wearability.

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Summer skirt

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Hurray! This skirt was hiding as an UFO since May and I was afraid it would not be finished in time to see the summer sun. But, thanks to my lovely sewing class, I managed to finally finish this skirt and could wear it today. I even managed to insert my first invisible zipper.

Although I usually prefer more gentle and toned down colors, I really enjoy wearing this skirt and it makes me smile each time I look at it. It is a very happy summer skirt.

The pattern is a download pattern from Burda. I omitted the pockets, because the fabric is quite thick and I was afraid that pockets would make it too bulky. I chose a rather large size so that the skirt is sitting loosely on the hip. As a result, it bulges a bit on the hips – the pattern is a bit more curvy than I am. I also did not cut the waistband on the bias, a mistake I only realized after finishing the skirt, but I don’t think it matters much since the skirt is rather loosely fitting in the waist. Other than that I have to seriously improve my fitting skills, the skirt was relatively simple to sew and to insert the zipper was much easier than I thought. I made some effort to center the pattern on the front and match the pattern at the back seam – I would say almost successfully…. The hem I just turned and top-stitched. I could have done a better job, though. I am just not able to sew straight, and the stitching is a bit of a zig-zag at times. What is the secret to straight stitching?

Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B without pockets.

Fabric:  FREDRIKA from IKEA 100% cotton

This is my contribution to RUMS!