After one year of blogging, I have to say, I sometimes I think that the comments are a lot more interesting than what I struggle to say. I can have a seriously hard time expressing myself, but then some comments will make me think--oh yeah! that's right!
Then there is the strangest phenomenon: the comments that I could swear were left, but I can find no trace of: ghost comments. So one of these "paranormal comments" was to the effect that it can be exciting but unsettling to go "off-road" in garment design. (Did someone say that? I think you did.)
Anyway, it's a great metaphor for my preferred mode--going "off-road" with a fairly good chance of difficulty or even outright failure in exchange for not getting bored.
So this was my favorite project of Self-stitched September.
I call it the "off- road skirt" because I made it the day after I finished my pants and had had it with using patterns, tape measures, zippers, closures, and directions. Instead of being patient, I folded the leftover fabric on the floor, threw a skirt on top, used a chalk pen and french curve to draw a new shape and waistband. No road map needed.
I knew a curved hem in corduroy would be no fun, so I just bound it with bias-tape. From beginning to end it took 1 hour. (I'm not counting vacuuming those little corduroy bits up--o.k. I admit, I still haven't done that.) The result is an asymmetric, closure-less skirt about 8 inches larger than I am. I put it on, fold the waistband to fit and then pin it. The grain is vertical in the back and diagonal in front.
As well as being downright fun to make, I enjoy wearing it and it's great for bicycling--perhaps even off-road bicycling.
The crazy thing is that I think it is just as successful as some of the projects that I have spent hours on--all the time forcing myself to follow the directions and do things properly.
Now I want to try doing some more off-roading. Anyone else?