My Skirt-ish Dilema

When I made this skirt, I was thinking about food – cupcakes, in particular.

My Cupcake Skirt

My Cupcake Skirt

I was in love with the yellow linen with white polka dots. It reminds me of vintage clothes that look so much better than the skimpy ones people seem to be wearing nowadays.

Everything seems to be getting smaller, clothes seem to be made with lesser cloth; the lesser, the better. Shirts, torn on the behind to reveal the bra, shorts, torn to reveal the pockets underneath… If it’s not torn, it shouldn’t be worn.

Anyway, I kept the yellow cloth long enough. I wanted to make a decent skirt out of it, to bring out its cuteness. So when I got the pink linen,ย  I though I’d pop it over the yellow one, pin it up with some flowers (woven from yarn) and buttons, make it look like a cupcake and voila! I’d have myself a skirt worthy of the cloth it’s been made from.

Of course now that it is finished, and has been for a while, I have no idea what to wear it with.

Just like many other clothes I get from stores. Why is that.

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Test Tube Dreams

My dreams have been bringing me to different universes, opening my heart to different worlds and degrees of imagination. But I am not gifted in the art of drawing, so I cannot paint a beautiful picture to capture what I see. And I’m afraid the words will never be able to bring out the full essence of the dream.

I guess that’s what dreams are then, a memory unique to the one who dreamt it.

The weekend started with a Touch charity dinner on Friday night. Mom and Dad were unable to make it and so Laogong had to call up his friends to help fill up the seats. Being there made me ask myself when was the last time I made a donation. Dad has always been involved in charities and mom has always been the one helping others when they are in need – sometimes to a fault.

Touch Charity Dinner

Touch Charity Dinner

Our table of 9 won 6 prizes that night. I was never one to be lucky when it comes to lucky draws. I always win nothing. And when I do at those sure-win lucky draws, I always win the smallest prize. So when my name was called 3 times that night, I felt slightly embarrassed. It was not our intention, but we are certainly grateful.

I recall saying that I would post up pictures of the skirt I made of myself. While one is still in the laundry, this one is ready.

I wanted the colours to complement each other. So I chose a similar shade of green to make those buttons as those of the leaves on the skirt. As for the button loops, I crocheted cream-coloured yarn. I like how the yarn and the lace soften the overall look of the skirt. Tempted to make more, but awaiting nicer cloth designs.

Occasionally, I like to head down to the store to see what is on sale. It’s nice to let the cloth choose you instead of having you choose the cloth, if that even makes sense. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jelly Bean Test tubes

Jelly Bean Test tubes

During my parents’ last visit to my sister’s, theyย  came back with these creative test tube jelly beans, among other things. I can’t wait to finish them and use them for beads or buttons. My sewing space in the office is getting a little messy and is in dire need of ‘inspirational organization’. That’s just my one in a hundred ways of procrastinating.

Making a circle skirt for the long weekend

Yesterday night, the day got worst when I lost my keys to the newly changed door lock. I couldn’t have felt worse. I really need to learn to have grace under pressure.

Anyhow, today is a brand new day of a short week so there is nothing to be sad about. ๐Ÿ™‚ As promised, I shall continue yesterday’s post.

We shall continue with the waistband template.

Drawing the waistband template

Waistband - template

Waistband - template

It is not always possible to draw a straight 28 inches long band, so, if you have a long ruler, you can choose to draw 1/3 the length of your waist band, or 1/2 like I did.

Now that you have both your circle and waistband templates, you can transfer this onto your cloth to cut both pieces out.

From Template To Cloth: Waistband

Waistband - paper to cloth

Waistband - paper to cloth


If you were like me and draw 1/2 of your waistband on your paper, you can draw out 2 of your template onto your cloth this manner and cut it out.

 

 

 

 

 

From Template To Cloth: Circle Skirt

paper to cloth - circle skirt

paper to cloth - circle skirt

You may choose to cut out your circle either way. However, if you wish to put a zip at the side of the skirt, which you most likely have to, you should cut out semi circles.

Always remember, when cutting, to leave allowance on the edges of the cloth for when sewing.

 

Now, all you’re left with is joining the pieces up! I hope thisย  tutorial helped you in getting the template for a circle skirt and starting your journey to making you first skirt. I’m no expert and also just beginning to try my hands on this. I guess it’s just nice to share what you have learnt.

If you have any new techniques to add or any mistakes I’ve made to correct, please do share.

Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Making a Circle Skirt on a Frog’s Rainy Day

“Sometimes, even frogs have rainy days.”

When I’m feeling a little worse for the weather, I just want to listen to the sound of a drizzle and turn on some Ella Fitzgerald. Sometimes, I can’t even put a finger to what it is that makes me feel this way and I just want to wish myself away to my tiny shell of a dream world until I feel better and want a nice chocolate chips cookie and a mug of marshmallow hot chocolate.

So here I am, with my headphones stuck in my ears, looking at my work desk, thinking of what I missed that made me feel this world. And I am coming up with a blank.

So I’ve decided to share with you a little side project I did before all the shifting and moving started, which by the way, is not over yet.

Circle Skirt with Tank Top

Using one of my mom’s old tank tops, and a piece of cloth I picked up from the $5 basket in a craft shop, I made myself a brand new dress. It’s a good way to reuse old clothes and clothes lying around. To make this easy to understand, I will go step by step. Here is what you will end up with:

1 quater of a circle and 1 waist band

A quarter of a circle and a long strip for your waist band.

Here’s what you need:

newspaper, 1 tank top, 1 piece of cloth for your skirt and waist band, long ruler, measuring tape, pencil.

If 1 newspaper is not big enough, you can choose to either join more pieces of newspaper together, or just draw and cut out a semi circle or a quarter of a circle for your template.

Now that you are ready, let’s begin!

Step 1: Measurements

Make sure you get all your measurements right for the skirt (here I’m using my own measurements)

waist 28 inches, length of skirt from waist 16 inches, length of waist band is same as the waist, width of waist band 2 inches.

Step 2. Template for circle skirt – Calculations

Imagine you want to make a purple skirt. This is how the template of your skirt or the top view of your skirt should look like:

Circle Skirt Template - Whole circle skirt template

Now, we do not need to draw the whole circle, we only need a semi circle or a quarter to cut out a template.

In this case, usually a quarter is enough and easier to handle.

 

First, we will have to do some calculations. Here’s how:

Circle Skirt Template 2

Points A to B is the radius of the inner circle – which is what we need to calculate.

Points B to C is the length of your skirt – in my case it is 16 inches.

Points A to C is the radius of the outer circle – not important.

What we need is the Radius of the inner circle so that we can draw a perfect curve to cut your template out with.

To calculate a radius: (waist length / 3.14) / 2 = (28 inches / 3.14) / 2 = 8.91 / 2 = 4.45inches. Therefore, points A to B is 4.45 inches.

Step 3: Drawing onto the newspaper:

For the purpose of this section, I am drawing onto a smaller piece of paper so that it is easier for me to take pictures.

Circle Skirt Template - Folding

Circle Skirt Template - Folding

First, take your paper and fold in into 4 like the picture below.

Circle Skirt Template - start drawing at this corner

Circle Skirt Template - start drawing at this corner

 

 

 

 

 

You want to start drawing your inner circle first. Start with this corner.

Circle Skirt Template - Drawing inner cirlce

 

 

 

 

 

Next, use a ruler to dot the point of 4.45 inches from the tip of the paper. Join the dots to draw the curve of the inner circle.

Circle Skirt Template - Drawing the outer circle

 

 

Do the same for the outer circle.

Using a ruler, mark with a dot where the 16 inches point is from the inner curve.

Join the dots.

Circle Skirt Template - cutting

Circle Skirt Template - cutting

 

 

Now, you can cut out the inner circle and the outer circle.

Circle Skirt Template - final piece

Circle Skirt Template - final piece

 

 

 

Open up the outer circle to get the full circle.

 

 

 

 

And your template is done!
Tomorrow, I will put up the rest of the tutorial – waist band template and cutting out the cloth from the template. In the meantime, have a lovely rest of the day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What The Rain Dragged In

I can never differentiate Simba from his father. Thank goodness I have Laogong to help me on that. I guess Lion King is more of a boy’s cartoon. Here’s the 3rd of my up coming season’s items.

Embroidered Lion King

I thought I can take a break from sewing after this item, seeing that it is a notebook. I took to baking cupcakes this morning hoping it will make up for my not getting Laogong anything for Valentine’s day. But I got overly eager and started to make my muslin for the new dress I’m learning to make.

The rain helped with the mood of my sewing and cutting and tracing and drawing. But when the Vet called in the evening and I was all alone at home with Nili, the rain couldn’t haven been more melancholic.

Perhaps some might find it dramatic that I am sad over Nili getting cancer. But Nili has been with me since I was a teenager and he has accompanied me through the lonely nights. When I started crying that evening, he started stomping his feet, as though he was angry at my being upset.

The funny thing is, I started laughing after that, and I don’t know why.

Maybe it was because I was too shocked over Nili’s reaction. Nevertheless, it made me realise that he is still healthy and happy now, despite the cancer cells in him.

And that’s what’s important – that he’s still with me.