Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer Sewing: Painted Circle Skirt

All photographs are self portraits taken by myself.

I designed and made my skirt as a part of my final project for my first fashion class this year at school.  The class was Intro to Fashion Design and for our final we had to design and create a full garment that was inspired by an abstract painting.   I chose this painting by Clive Watts:

I loved all of the circular movement in the painting so I tried to mimic the shape of the swirls in the actual sewing of the design.  My design has five circular panels that were drafted and sewn as a part of the design.  I will actually be teaching this technique during my class at The Sewing Party in November if you'd like to make a skirt like this yourself!  I hope that you'll join, it's going to be a lot of fun!  After my pieces were cut out I took watered down white acrylic gauche and painted the swirls into the fabric.

The actual design that I made is very stiff because I fused a heavy interfacing to the fabric.  At first I was going to sew an organza overlay ontop of the interfacing fabric, but during the painting portion the grain line of the organza became warped and did not match up correctly.  I decided that I would be much happier if I left the overlay out, because it wouldn't have looked as polished if I had included it. Instead I kept the overlay piece that I sewed and turned it into a separate skirt that I'm wearing here!
 
Outfit:  
Sunglasses:  ZeroUV These make me feel like I've been transported to the 50s - so much fun!
Top: Goodwill
Skirt:  Esther Boller - myself
Handbag:  Style Moi
Shoes:  Target, clearance section

I will be posting my actual final project not long from now!  I just have a few more photos to edit and then I'll be able to share more in full detail.  Until then, here's a sneak peek of what it looks like!
^I also have a few process photos on my Instagram account here!

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful, as always! I just bought this amazing hand painted organza, and I might have to do the two-skirt-layers approach, too.

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    1. Hi Jenny! Oh how exciting, you should definitely try a two-layer approach! It adds a really fun element!

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  2. This looks fantastic! I really love how you turned the painting into a skirt.
    The sneak peek of your final project looks even more fantastic! I'm really looking forward to see more photos :)

    xx Vanessa

    http://thefabulousthing.blogspot.com/

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  3. Cool! Someday I want to take a fashion drafting course from you. ;)

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    1. Aw thank you, wow that's such a sweet thing to say! I actually will be including a drafting portion in the class that I'm teaching at The Sewing Party, if you'd like to join :)

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  4. Did you make that backdrop also? love it.

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    1. Hi Erin! Yes I did make the backdrop! It's a part of the splatter photography technique that I've been experimenting with :)

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    2. Wow amazing! You have quite the talent. I'm not sure how i found your blog but i love it!

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  5. wow this skirt looks amazing <3

    xx Michaela

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  6. Beautiful!! The shape of the skirt reminds me of Alaia!

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  7. Esther, I know you'll be great at fashion design, but you would be great at modeling too!

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