Over the years I have established myself as the hand-me-down queen. A position I love. This means that every few months a bag of clothes from one of my girlfriend's fabulous wardrobes arrives on my doorstop. Brilliant! I acquired this skirt from my dear friend Andrika ( visit her design blog and have a stroll through her beautiful gallery of rooms she has designed. Andrika has a wonderful gift for creating warm personal spaces)
(I just love the filth in that photo, it just works don't you think?)
I love this skirt but it is time it changed it's form. I have made quite a few twirly skirts, found here at House on hill road. That is exactly where this skirt is headed. There is something so wicked and wonderful about a 2 year old wearing a print so rebellious. Probably something I shouldn't encourage with this particular child.
I have always loved graffiti (of the artistic variety) My brother recently introduced me to Anser's work which I love. His work is one continuous stroke. Take a look at his show here at the Funktion Gallery and this clip below;
Back to the skirt. After pulling the original skirt apart, the fabric I had left to work with was not quite wide enough for the pattern. I didn't have any other fabric that would suit. In the theme of re-purposing, I rummaged through my husband dress shirts and, with permission, chopped up his black shirt he wore to his best friends wedding.
A very simple pattern with a great impact. Who wouldn't want a twirly skirt? Here is another variation of the same skirt. We call this one the Dorothy skirt.
I find it heartbreaking sometimes making clothes for the girls only for them to grow out of them in 6 months. What I love about this pattern is that it can last for years. The elastic around the waist is easily replaceable when your child grows and it looks cute with leggings when it becomes a bit too short.
They are even perfect for a spot of hockey.