Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Cityscape Circle Skirt


Oh yeah. I made a skirt. Back last year when I made my London Calling circle skirt, I had so many other embellishment ideas that I filed them away for future projects. One of these was to applique a cityscape around the hem in various checked fabrics, loosely inspired by the art of Matte Stephens.


I did the appliques one half-circle at a time, before assembling the skirt (except the buildings at the side seams, which I added after stitching the sides) - I just decided it would be easier that way, there was so much fabric to manipulate through the sewing machine. I designed the scene 'in situ' as it were, cutting and pressing various building shapes and arranging them on the skirt until the layout that pleased me. Then I pinned them in place and machine stitched them (folding back the front buildings to sew the ones behind them first).


I actually finished it like a week ago, but the weather's been so unendingly murky lately that it's been hanging up in the living room waiting to be photographed ever since! A brisk northwesterly has finally swept away the gloom, so I was able to take some photos and share with you.


(I hemmed it with navy blue seam binding, not for contrast, but just because that was what I had in my stash - figured I would wear a dark petticoat with it anyway...)



32 comments:

  1. Soo lovely. And your top fits perfectly with the colour^^
    But you're very brave to show your naked legs. It's been really chilly here in Germany the past few days and I wouldn't even dare to show my legs with a pair of tights...^^

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  2. Oh, it's lovely...right up there with your London Calling circle skirt!

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  3. Oh gosh I love it! I want to start making circle skirts and apparently they're not difficult to make but this skirt has definitely inspired me to try!! I love the London Calling pattern, just bloody brilliant!

    Nora
    Nora Finds

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  4. Wowww!!! Skirt looks fab Charlotte! This is making me want to get back sewing again

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  5. Oh my! That skirt must have been crazy lot of work. It looks amazing! :)

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  6. That's amazing!!! And how did you make the lines on the buildings?

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    1. I used a selection of checked fabrics for the buildings.

      xx Charlotte

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  7. That is absolutely beautiful Charlotte! I was thinking of making your London calling skirt but tempted by this now!

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  8. Wow, it is gorgeous, Charlotte!! x

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  9. Wow! That's a great idea, and it turned out looking just fabulous. I'd love to be able to do something like this myself at one point once I've got more time for sewing.

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  10. Such a beautiful and creative idea. A designer on Project Runway this year made a dress for the Rockette's with a city scape design on the bodice, but I like your placement much better. Great work!

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  11. Absolutely stunning! Love it. :-)

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  12. I love it! Amazing idea. Your whole outfit is so cute and flattering.

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  13. Simply lovely! I would be tempted to make one in a cloudy gray to match the current weather....

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  14. Just lovely! I love circle skirts that have novelty prints on them.Janey from Atomic Red head made a gorgeous one to wear to Disneyland, it incorporated scenes from the park's most famous rides and attractions http://atomicredhead.com/2012/02/24/the-disneyland-skirt-makes-its-debut/. Glad you've got your bloggers mojo... we missed you. xx Shauna

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  15. Wow. This is fantastic! I love it and this is so inspirational. Thanks for such a wonderful blog, I've been following for ages but don't think I've ever commented before. I really enjoy what you share, please keep it up!

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  16. It's lovely! I used to do a lot of applique but it's been a looong time since I bothered.

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  17. Breath-takingly amazing! Your work is so creative, well executed, and sublimely beautiful. I'm doffing my hat over here to you to absolutely no end, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

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  18. Hi! I seldom comment but i have an urge to tell you your skirt is awesome! the checkered fabric is a great idea and the execution is really impressive... I usually steer clear of appliqué in my sewing for fear of it looking dowdy or too "crafty" (I'm not sure why crafty sounds so bad but oh well...)... but yours actually looks extremely chic! congrats!
    on an unrelated note, a contestant from this year's season of Project Runway US did a somewhat similar skyline treatment on a dance costume's bodice, I was wondering if you saw it (although I'm not sure how available the show is in the UK?)

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  19. This is sooooooooooooooo cute!!! I wish, I wish, I wish I had your sewing skills!!!!!!

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  20. Oh my gosh that is the most amazing skirt You are sooo adorable!

    xo,
    Em

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  21. I'm such a sucker for a circle skirt! And this one is delightful!! Perfection!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  22. What a fantastic idea. I'm going to send this post to my mom. She's big into quilting and would love this!
    -Emily

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  23. This. Is. GORGEOUS! I am so inspired right now. Please do more!

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  24. Gorgeous, gorgeous skirt. WOW. I'm extremely green now. ;)

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