Monday, July 16, 2012

Loop de doo

Loop de doo project

Of all the projects I made for Handstitched Class, my favorite (other than the quilt) is definitely my Loop de doo skirt! This week the girls in Handstitched get to make their own Loop de doo project, so I thought I'd indulge myself by sharing a bit more.

preparing the Canvas


Awhile back I shared the skirt at "the canvas" stage.   I had only the hemming left to do and asked for your advice on hemming the slippery voile without shortening the skirt much.  Thanks so much for all your advice!  Erin of House on Hill Road provided my favorite answer - the bias tape hem.  I used a quilting cotton cut on the bias.  It only took 1/4" from the skirt's length and adds a bit of weight at the hem.  To learn how bias tape hemming works, check out this tutorial.  Thanks, Erin!

with bias tape applique

I had a vague idea as to how to embellish the skirt.  I wanted to use a purchased product that wouldn't have any raw edges and wouldn't have any "wrong" side.  My first thought was ribbon.  Finding the right color and thickness in ribbon wasn't as easy as I thought and then the ribbon wouldn't curl the way I wanted it too.  My friend, Heather, encouraged me to give bias tape another try.  I'd counted it out before for whatever reason.  She was right!

Loop de doo


I think what I love so much about this project is how the embellishment adds oodles of personality and texture to the skirt.  When I finished it, the raw pleasure and satisfaction made me actually exclaim, "I'll never buy a skirt again!"  Yep, I was so euphoric over the results that I couldn't fathom why I'd prefer store-bought again.  LOL!  I think that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it's definitely a step in the direction of preferring to make my own clothes.  Every step counts!

Handmade to wear

When I wear this skirt, I'm pretty darn sure it looks completely Handmade.  Handmade in a good way.  My goals is to make more and more handmade that I can wear over the years.

Psst....If you're wondering, I haven't forgotten about my Alabama Chanin dress.  As soon as I finish my last Handstitched project, I'll dust it off and get back to work.  Yes please!

18 comments:

  1. what a gorgeous skirt! I love that it is unique - wonderful!

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  2. Your skirt is wonderful! Wait til you make your own bias - you'll be hooked forever just like me :)

    You can see some of the quilts I've made using bias here.

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  3. I agree; this is my favorite other than the quilt. It's hard to beat that quilt! ;) But this skirt. It's so sunny and happy, and definitely full of personality.

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  4. Very nice skirt...quite lovely. I am a new quilter, so far, I am enjoying making clothes a bit more :)
    m.

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  5. Fantastic skirt Rachel, you look so cute in this! There is nothing quite as satisfactory as making your own rather than buying:)

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  6. It looks gorgeous! And funnily enough, I'm just in the throws of drafting my own skirt pattern right now :o)

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  7. Super cute, Rachel. And once again I find myself bemoaning my inability to wear yellow.

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    1. LOL, my husband thinks this is the most awful shade. WhatEVAR!

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  8. Gorgeous skirt! The colour really suits you! =D

    Also I've added some new fabrics into my swap shop, as well as a new one via Flickr. If you're interested feel free to check them out =D
    http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/cheraldines-swap-shop.html
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ibescheraldine/sets/72157630591128322/

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  9. i love this skirt so much and i do not agree that it looks handmade. although, being handmade does not mean that it is sewn poorly. i think that "being handmade" sometimes implies that it does not look professional and that is absolutely not the case with your skirt. it is really beautiful rachel. i can't wait to see more of your handmade skirts!

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    1. You're right, it does imply that sometimes. Thanks for showing your support that you feel it looks well made! I mainly meant that it looks like something you wouldn't find in a store. I think when I wear it people will figure I probably did the stitching because it's unusual. Maybe?

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  10. Love the bias tape loop de loo!!!! I could see that in a high end boutique!

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  11. AH, HA! Maria chanting, "We are going to make this. We are going to make this." It is the cutest and I was wondering when we were going to!!!

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  12. Love the skirt! It reminds me of the art nouveau prints!

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  13. Very you. No one else has a skirt like you. Designers should be standing in line to copy it.

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  14. I can see why you love it so much! I would've never guessed that's bias tape on the design...it looks like some kind of fancy hand stitching in the photos - gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Laurel! It is hand stitched down, but the white part is oh-so-bendable bias tape.

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  15. Super cute skirt. It doesn't look hand made it looks anthropology like :) but with better fabric by designers that you would never find there :)

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