Talk About A Timey Wimey Skirt


That’s right, it’s time to Talk About…another skirt. Who’s shocked? Is this one any more normal? Probably not. Who does normal anyway?

Not this Geek Gurl!

This skirt all started a couple of weeks ago when I took Joram to the local quilt store to pay for his sewing camp. While there, he found this awesome fabric:

Black and white spiral clock motif

If that doesn’t say wibbly wobbly timey wimey, I don’t know what does!

This fabric screamed two things to me immediately. The first one was, “Oooh Steampunk!”

The second came in the voice of The Doctor:

…it’s more like a big bowl of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.

Well put, Doctor. I like it!

So I snatched up two yards of this stuff and ran. Sadly, my plate was full with this massive dance festival so I knew the lovely clock fabric would just need to wait. Unless I could make time spiral for me to add a few hours into the day.

Too bad I couldn’t do that.

After recovering from the dance festival, I pulled this cut of fabric out and looked at it. I then spent an entire day on pinterest looking at skirts. No judging, you know you do it, too! None seemed quite right. Finally at stupid-o-clock I decided to just use the same pattern I made my math skirt out of, for another half circle skirt.

I whipped this skirt up in 90 minutes. Not bad.

First, I laid out my fabric and just like before, there was no way I could do a full circle skirt with my limited yardage. I debated a redux of the first skull skirt, like I contemplated with the math skirt, but my pattern was in sorry shape.

I did notice though, with the half circle pattern, I could cut on the fold. That took out an entire seam! Huzzah! Note: This is your standard 45 inch fabric. Unlike the math skirt, it wasn’t a tad narrow or with directional issues.

I also had this awesome eyelet lace from Balticon, and a metric ton of it. Ok, so maybe it’s really like 20 yards. More than enough to add to the hem of a skirt!

lovely eyelet lace for hem

Doesn’t this just scream “Put me with a timey wimey skirt”? I thought so, too.

I wanted to add this to the hem, so I began here. After using the serger on my hem and sides first, of course. This eyelet already had a nice casing and I didn’t think it would flip too well, so I chose to top stitch this to the hem of the skirt. Translation: I laid this right side up on the right side of the skirt and fed it through my machine as such.

I carefully pinned as I went along as the hem of the skirt is circular. Curves are hard, which is why I like the bias tape. It can handle that well.

When I was one, I then penned the skirt with right sides together and went up the side seam, adding in the zipper. Easy peasy.  I followed that up with a bias tape waist and I was done.

The only reason it took me 90 minutes was a little issue with my serger thread continually snapping and the care I took with the lace.  Without those details, you could whip this bad boy out in under an hour.

How did it turn out? Perfect! It even matched the blouse from Balticon’s masquerade that I really hoped the skirt would match! WIN!

So what did I do? I got up five hours after finishing the skirt and wore it to Church. What do you think?

Win of the day: Someone actually thought this was ready to wear/off the rack.

victorian flair to an outfit

That’s a bit of Victorian flair that I love!

Sorry I have a dumb face. The kiddo snapped while I was giving instructions. I so can’t wait for the next Steampunk Ball.

 

–Lady O

Comments
7 Responses to “Talk About A Timey Wimey Skirt”
  1. 1pjd says:

    Saw the skirt at church and LOVED it!! You are the awesome!! Next time I think I’m ready to try sewing something (don’t worry, it’s going to be a while!) I’m taking you along to help me find the right fabric. You have a gift!

    • Lady Ozma says:

      Thanks! That find at the quilt store was GOLDEN! I love that skirt. I need to wear the outfit in and show it off. They couldn’t believe I was making a skirt with it! Um, of course! Everyone needs a timey wimey skirt! And I’d love to go fabric shopping with you!

  2. Anitra says:

    oh so cute!! and your red belt makes another appearance :D i”ll have to search you blog for this half circle skirt you mentioned!!! I always love the idea of a circle skirt but in the end it is too full for my liking, and i cut it down and waste a ton of fabric!! the lace really gives it that extra somthin somethin!!

    • Lady Ozma says:

      That belt is really amazing. I’m so glad that I could use it for another outfit! Sadly, the new skirt I made clashed with the belt. So… I made a sash waistband for the skirt! Huzzah! Guess what’s next week’s blog post? Yup. Think circle skirt in plaid. :)

      This is a half circle skirt and not very full at all. I love the fullness of a full circle skirt. What can I say, it’s all about the spin factor! And you don’t need a ton of fabric. I made my latest skirt with 2 yards of fabric. Of course it was 55 inches wide. Look for the link to the skull skirts and you can see two different ways I’ve done full circle skirts. The first one might be a good solution for you. It’s slightly less full. Took about 2 yards of 45 inch wide fabric.

      And yes, definitely a fan of the lace in this skirt!

  3. Caitlin says:

    Can you tell me the name of that print? I had some of it in brown, and I managed to throw away the offcut with the name on it!

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