Fabric: 1m of Ikat-style print rayon from my village thrift shop = $1
Notions: Reused elastic scraps from various projects = $0
Pantone Challenge colors: Emerald (17-5641), Mykonos Blue (18-4434), Linden Green (15-0533), Carafe (19-1116)
Pattern: none, but By Hand London's Anna for inspiration
Time to complete: 3hrs
First worn: August 17th for the First Montreal Bilingual Meetup! (to be blogged soon...)
Wear again? Yes, I already have two times
Total Cost: $1 CAN
OK, so this was such a simple project that it feels like I'm cheating. It's an elastic waisted skirt.
Are you going to kick me out of the reunion?
Well, the story goes like this: I have a huge stash of fabric built up from my travels and from my marvelous village thrift shop that sells bundles of fabric for $1/m. When the Pantone Challenge was announced, I didn't want to go out and buy any new fabric, and this print had 4 (4!) of the colours, but was only 1m and that limited my project options.
I didn't need another sleeveless top, and I didn't want to waste any of this fab ikat rayon. Because I work in a lab and cannot have bare legs during the summer for safety reasons, my maxi skirts have been in pretty heavy rotation, so another maxi was an obvious choice.
Way back in May 2012, I made a similar tube skirt, but ran into trouble with not having enough width at the bottom hem to allow a full stride. So I made a short slit. Then I made it longer. Then I just kept going until I was running into point-of-no-return territory. Shades of Angelina Jolie.
But then I remembered that By Hand London's Anna dress with a thigh high slit is taking the sewing world by storm this summer, so I can totally get away with it. See Heather Lou's. And Scruffy Badger's. And Did You Make That's? And Sew Busy Lizzie's. etc. Don't they all look gorgeous?
I finished this more than a week ago, and already wore it to the second Montreal sewcialists meetup in honour of CarmencitaB's visit, which we decided to dub The First Bilingual Meetup because we were switching between French and English with abandon and trying to come up with a French term for "sewcialist". Any suggestions? (I still haven't blogged about it, but it'll be up soon. Promise.)
And because my Sew Weekly posts back in 2012 were never complete without an outtake or two, here's my daughter photobombing me this morning:
Happy Sew Weekly Reunion everybody. Same time next year?