The cold season has finally arrived here in Germany – it was less then 10 degrees celsius today and my favorite ice-cream parlor closed for this year, both makes me kind of sad. There is only one advantage of this weather: I finally got around to sewing again in the last days and made a new skirt. I got the olive-grey coloured fabric from my 80 year old colleague at work (she told me that it is a curtain from the 70s) and had a very clear idea what I would like to do with it, but the first version I made was pretty disappointing: the wide pleats that I had made draped not very well, the two large, lace covered pockets looked stuffy and the skirt had a strange length. I undid everything, gathered the fabric instead of pleating it and added a border of a somewhat strange, semi-transparent fabric to the hem. This was already much better but there was still something missing, I did a quick image search for the terms skirt, steampunk and lolita and found the solution – trims and bows! I have always adored baroque and abundant styles but strangely never thought about this concept in regard of my sewing projects and I am so happy that I finally did. I toned down the look a bit with some vintage items and wore it today with a traditional bavarian blazer (I would love to be able to sew things like this!), leather gloves and a vintage scarf with, well, bows (-:

You can find a few more pictures on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets.

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Pat Bankowski November 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

Very clever solutions and it looks great.

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Draped in Cloudlets November 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thank you so much!

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Little Black Car November 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Okay, this is going to sound super weird but I mean it in a good way: This reminded me of the post I saw a few months ago on How to Make a Ghost (without actually killing someone, of course). The mesh part, I guess? It’s like . . . an optical illusion, even though it really isn’t. But it looks really cool!

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Draped in Cloudlets November 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thank you, that’s not weird at all and the chicken wire ghosts look so cool :-) I bought the white fabric for this exact reason, to create a kind of ghostlike apron (I haven’t done this yet but luckily bought enough fabric to play around with it a bit).

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