Monday, August 2, 2010

kerchief and a sneak peek

zuly skirt and kerchief
Good morning and happy August! Our new favorite accessory began with the millions of t-shirts I've been dissecting for skirts. Scraps were discarded all over my work table.  I made a little cut here and another there and slipped it over my head to keep my hair back as I worked. It happened to be dusty rose (or pink!), and of course that attracted my five year old who quickly claimed it for her own head. She never gave it back! In fact, she has worn it for four days straight! She's also quite happy in her latest version of the skirt shown above: short and simple.
kerchief 5
I decided I had to make my own kerchief , but refined it a bit. But is it a kerchief? A hat? A headband? It's all three, and I'm now making them for friends and family. They're that good!
kechief 7

 I just added the kerchief "how to"  to the skirt pdf, because you'll have all the scraps discarded around your cutting area, too! 
"And how's that skirt pdf coming?" you politely ask.
Just about done!  Phew! I've gotten a bit carried away sewing up skirt after skirt to create an "inspiration board" of different variations... there are endless possibilities for you to be the designer. Just a few more snips of stray threads and a couple more photographs to go. A call for testers is coming up. Here's a look at the pretty pictures I'm having far too much fun taking...
zskirt layers

 woman's skirt with vintage doily



skirt/petty
 Have a great start to your month!
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27 comments:

  1. Love the skirt against the wood wall hanging from the branch, and the kids versions are adorable. Looking out for that pdf in the shop. xox Corrine

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  2. Corrine,thanks for your skirt patience and support since June when you first saw the it in class! xo

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  3. Oh my! I'm going to love these skirts, I can see! I'm obsessed enough with old T shirts as it is! It can only get worse. Lots of love, Amanda xxx

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  4. I just bought some fabric and MAN will it make this skirt look pretty! Waiting anxiously for the pdf to come around ;)

    Love the beautiful pictures too.

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  5. we have both been in a t shirt cutting craze but mine are being turned into soft things to rest my tired summer feet on
    I really enjoyed these photographs!

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  6. tshirts + doilies = darling!
    love the photos

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  7. You make me wish I had little girls. Alas, I have three boys. (:

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  8. eidolons- you can make one for yourself! most of the skirts I've been working on have been sized for women, like the middle doily one.

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  9. Gorgeous and so comfy looking.

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  10. Beautiful. Love these photos and can't wait to make a skirt (or 2 or 3) for late summer and layering in the fall. Also wish I looked better in kerchiefs or headbands.....

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  11. so beautiful! i am working on one...olive green to start (thrift store of course)...we should compare notes!

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  12. I really like your skirts and kerchiefs! Sounds like a fun project. I'm looking forward to your finished pdf.

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  13. Justine CosterouseAugust 2, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Hello from San Francisco!
    My 12-year-old daughter and I have been doing the same thing all week! And she discovered the scrap kerchief, using a cut off sleeve. She went on to double up two different colored sleeves, and then did a reverse applique treatment of them, a la Alabama Chanin. The body of the shirt was used to make a pillowcase-style jumper, and she braided long strips of printed cotton to make the straps. Now it is back to Thrift Town for more t-shirts!!

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  14. My daughters are soooo into skirts right now. I know skirts are my favorite thing to sew because usually they are so easy. Yours look adorable. I might just have to take out my dusty sewing machine and give it a whirl! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo

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  15. oh I love your kerchiefs, I will try to make my own, although I am NOT evan that handy! lol!I always were them since I 've been getting headaches every time I would pull my hair up in any other way to get them out of my face. kerchiefs is the best way for me to be headache and hair free!!!
    ...and that white skirt is adorable!!!

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  16. those ruffles are just so happy! love it!

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  17. I love your creations! Gorgeous! I'm always thinking that I need to re-purpose old tshirts. You've offered quite a bit of inspiration! Thanks!

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  18. Thanks everyone!
    Justine- I love the sound of all of your daughter's designs and I grew up going to Thrift Town!!! Loved that reference!

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  19. Okay, I'm kind of in love with this kerchief/skirt combination. And it sounds like the perfect way to practice sewing with knits. (I just started sewing and am always looking for simple projects.) Can't wait for the pdf!

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  20. Lovely! I would love to be a tester for you. I've been thinking about making skirts from old T shirts lately.

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  21. That skirt is *gorgeous*!!! Sigh. You are amazing.

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  22. Clever you. These are both fab garments. I'm loving the kerchief /headbandy thingymajig. Super comfy and cool.

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  23. I am so, so, SO excited by this!
    I want a skirt! I NEED a skirt!
    I JUST CAN'T WAIT! XXxx.

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  24. you've been sewing up such lovely things! the ruffled doily skirt is beautiful!

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  25. I just love these ideas! I can't wait. I've been sewing very simple bias cut skirts for myself (and tiny skirts for my girls) and keep dreaming of all the embellishments I'd like to put on them, if I can find the time....

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