As if I really needed anything else in my life that was rainbow!
But I digress. I've been doing some major stash-busting recently and thought up this quick project to get rid of multiple colors of fabric that have really little use anywhere else. I was inspired by my friend Anastasia Chatzka who is pretty much known for her usage of circle skirts but also wanted some way to make it.... ya know, more gaudy! Gaudy like me!
So I made an 8-panel gore circle skirt!
The top is something I thrifted about 2 years ago at this point with the intention of adding a collar to it but I really don't think it needs anything. I dug that up going through my collection of scrap fabric - I had forgotten all about it! I simply couldn't pass up a print like this one even though it wasn't my size.
I did some adjusting to it and here is the very un-scientific way I did it:
Percy had plenty of questions. He was particularly all up in my sewing today.
Here's more of the skirt! I drafted this from my pattern making book, but I did reference a little bit of Casey's blog post about circle skirts since my pattern making book was a little... obtuse. The pattern making book I have assumes you can't be trusted to do any mathematics and has a weird table in it that I did end up figuring out, but Casey's post was super-helpful in me understanding the table given.
I drafted a 25" waist here (which maybe should have been more like 25 1/2" but it'll be fine) and I went with about 22" long. I'm only 5 feet tall so this might be a bit shorter on someone who is more normal-sized.
Red - I made a pair of palazzo-type pants for my drag queen SPRADA back in 2011 with that red twill.
Orange - Bought this year to use on Sunrise Panel Dress mostly.
Yellow - This might be leftover yardage from the Space Dress.
Green - A friend who was moving let me buy some fabric from her that she needed to get rid of. This was amongst that collection.
Blue - Leftover from the Tower Midi. I had so much fabric from that dress for some reason! Maybe because Textiles will only let you buy 1yd for each fabric and no less?
Purple - My mom send me a bunch of essentially eveningwear fabric remnants. I don't know why she was hoarding these to begin with and since I don't do eveningwear, I was planning on not using it ever. But this time, I used the wrong side of the fabric so there was far less sheen. Success!
Pink - I did the same thing for this one as I did for the purple with the shiny side down - only this fabric was leftover from 2008 when I made myself a Princess Peach costume. Hey, I was playing a lot of Mario Kart back then! Some of the pink fabric was also used within the Sweetheart Dress this year as a stripe.
Brown - Ok, I don't really know where this came from. I may have used this as a contrast piece on a raglan top I made in school in like, 2006? Hard to know for sure. It's probably been around a while.