Sunday, May 15, 2011

tiered skirt


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Since I bought my Bernina, I've been sewing Pa'u skirts for my mother.

She's been attending Hula dance class with her friends once in every two weeks for some time, and she likes to wear Pa'u skirts there. I've been enjoying making her birthday presents, one by one, once a year, to give her a new dancing skirt. And also I often enjoyed trying them on *for just checking* before sending them to her...
pauskirt

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However this year, although we still love this small tradition between us, we finally decided to choose some different present. (The reason is obvious. She now has too many of them in her closet.)
So, instead of making her new skirt with the enthusiastically elastic inserted waist band, I gave her a tiny birthday present that she requested, and made this tiered skirt for compensating my now-meaningless passion. I can't dance, I only wiggle, so I just needed a small amount of gather and bulk in my skirt, but I hope you can see my inspiration from Pa'u skirts in it.

I used 1m of white linen for it. (Each of her Pa'u skirts was made from exact 4yards=3.6576m of cotton/polyester.) Yes, I tell you that linen fabrics crease very easily as you can see. However, thanks to the gathers everywhere, creases in this skirt didn't bother me much after a long day. I actually like this fabric very much, it flows kinda elegantly in a maximum way of being a casual fabric. The skirt has got three rows of elastic castings at waist, and it sits very softly and comfortably on my tummy. This will be a lovely weekend skirt for staying-in at home.

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By the way, I didn't use any pattern for this casual skirt, but cut the fabric in 6 pieces of rectangles and sewed them together.
I made a diagram of my pieces, for your reference, in case you'd like to make similar one for you.



Happy sewing!
Happy birthday, Mum!

yoshimi

10 comments:

  1.  Great tip about the skirt!  Wonderful!  I just bought a Bernina yesterday!  Hope all is well in Japan!

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  2. Very pretty, your skirts and the ones for your mom! I take hula lessons and a pa'u was my third project when I started sewing (but I hated the elastic).

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  3.  Cute!  Thanks for showing the measurements you used.  I like that breezy style.

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  4.  As always, your creation is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  5.  Those are really nice pa'u skirts! I also really love the white tiered skirt, I could see myself wearing something like that!

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  6. The creases are part of the charm of linen! Your skirt looks easy and cool for summer. 

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  7. Looks perfect for hot weather!  And I know from experience that Tokyo gets HOT.  That was a surprise to me.

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  8. Very pretty and cool!  In the diagram you posted, do the measurements (18 cm, 22 cm and 32 cm) include seam allowances and the waist elastic casing?  Thanks for answer!

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  9. Thank you for your comment! No, those numbers don't include seam allowances, the casting allowances, or the hem allowances. They all are dependent on you and your fabric.

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  10. mogulinteriordesignsMarch 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    o cute! You did a great job!

    http://www.mogulinteriordesigns.com/category/77403589041/1/Bohemian-Skirts.htm

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