Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Strip Skirt



Some of the things I picked up at The Sewing Expo this past Saturday were this Jelly Roll and The Stella Strip Skirt Pattern. The skirt is made entirely of 2 1/2 inch strips making it a real time saver if you use Jelly Rolls. The skirt can be made with any fabric that you cut into 2 1/2 inch strips. The pattern is from Serendipity Studios. I picked out this Marcus Brothers Fabrics Jelly Roll because I thought I had some olive cotton satin fabric in my stash at home. At first I thought the olive was a bit off from the colors in the strips. But when I put them out together I liked the look and to me everything blended well.

The pattern said it was a quick and easy design. I thought it did look easy but I was sceptical about the quick part. To me a quick project is less than 2 hour to finish and this skirt took much longer than that. I didn't really time myself but I worked on it the better part of two days. And I didn't run into any of my usual snags. The pattern was easy to follow and there are several options for finishing the hem edge. I decided to make a ruffle hem edge using four of the strips that were the same fabric. My original idea was to piece together random sizes of the leftover strips I used in the skirt to make the ruffle. But at this point I was so close to being done I didn't want to spend the time piecing and arranging. I love the finished skirt. I am not usually attracted to greens so I don't have any tops in my wardrobe that match this skirt. I did have a light brown jersey knit in my stash I could make a t-shirt out of. I am trying to decide how I could embellish the t-shirt to bring the look all together. I am thinking of making some of those fabric rosettes I have been seeing all over blog land. Or maybe some ruffles out of the leftover strips. Perhaps I should just leave it plain least it look to frumpy and home made.

I will be sharing this at Amylouwho Sew-n-Tell Friday. Check out all the great projects there.
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26 comments:

  1. Your skirt came out beautiful! I'd saved a very similar pattern (for toddlers, but they tell you how to figure size changes per strip) from Moda Bake Shop. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/08/strip-pieced-pleated-skirt.html
    Would say I'd have to get right on it, but in truth things for me may not make the top of the list until January :-)

    Great Blog - nice to find another machine embroiderer posting pictures!

    Maggie
    http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com

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  2. I love how your skirt turned out, it is beautiful. I love the colorsas well.

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  3. Your skirt is fabulous! I love the green. I'm so with you on the "quick" part of sewing. I may have to give this one a try - although it still looks a bit intimidating. :) Thanks for sharing it!

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  4. Your skirt is beautiful! I think you did an awesome job.

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  5. gorgeous skirt. I love the green!

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  6. That is such a beautiful skirt and the jelly roll prints really make it so special. Enjoy wearing it!

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  7. Beautiful skirt! I love the colors.

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  8. What a great idea to use jelly rolls for something other than quilting. Now I'm wondering if there are other projects like this out there.

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  9. Beautiful skirt! I love the olive green color, too!

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  10. Fabulous skirt! Love the ruffled hem and the colors are wonderful-perfect for fall.

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  11. Wowzers! That skirt is beautiful!

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  12. The skirt looks fab! I love the colors!

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  13. This is fantastic. Let us see what you end up paring it with.

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  14. That's super cute. I just saw a jelly roll of fabric recently and didn't realize that's what they were called.

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  15. Love your skirt! The colours are fabulous.

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  16. The skirt is lovely...it does seem like a time consuming technique.

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  17. Hey Everyone!
    I just discovered this post and thought I would chime in....I think the skirt looks fabulous! You did a great job. For those of you concerned about this being a time consuming project, it really isn't. Especially if you have a serger for all the seams and start with strips that are pre-cut. The construction is quick and the results are fabulous! Think about giving it a try.

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  18. Wow I am delighted that the creator of this pattern Kay Whitt found my post and left me a comment. This skirt is really easy to make. I do plan to make more as I got so many compliments when I wore it. And a serger really speeds up the process. You can get so many different looks just by changing the fabric choices.

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  19. What a beautiful skirt! I bet it looks fantastic twirling too! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  20. I want to see a picture of you wearing it!

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  21. I love your skirt...it's adorable! Good work!!
    http://www.inspired2cook.com

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  22. Great look and great colour!
    Jo&cats

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