so, for my skirt i reverted to my favorite design...the circle skirt. i saw this gorgeous polka dotted stretch cotton fabric at Hancock Fabrics a while ago, but continued to pass it by. when this opportunity arose i knew exactly that i was going to use it. i mean. it just screams vintage and retro!
i absolutely love how this skirt turned out and next on the agenda was to make a top that complimented the skirt. for the top i went to Joann Fabrics. while perusing through the red-tag fabric section i spotted this raspberry-colored chiffon. in my head i envisioned a sheer chiffon top being paired with the skirt, so i knew this was the fabric. i had also bought this great pattern from Simplicity a while back and knew this style was what i wanted. i love the vintage feel the ruffle adds to the top. for those of you that have done/do quite a bit of sewing, you probably just read this section and thought, "chiffon? nooooo! what is she thinking?!" well, i did some research online about sewing with chiffon and found all the horror stories. i was a little afraid before starting the project but decided to continue on. since i used chiffon i did have to do some tweaks. like for the seams, b/c chiffon frays easily, i used french seams. and all hems and edges, unless encased, are double turned. doing those little changes did add extra time to the process, but i knew if i didn't do them i would be very unhappy once the top was finished. even with the difficulties i went through in sewing the top it turned out great and looks gorgeous with the skirt.
now, i am ready to put my best foot forward at the fashion show tomorrow night and watch all the amazing student designs head down the runway!