About a two weeks ago, my thrift guardian angel directed me to a local store for a pop in. While there, I found spools and spools of flat bias tape. As a rule, try not to buy an item unless I have a clear plan for its use. I had a gnawing feeling that this tape was for me, but no clear plan. I broke my rule and bought them hoping the plan would become clear.
Sure enough, I got home and hit my sewing book collection to find The Party Dress Book by Mary Adams.
I have loved the Bias Strips dress from the first time I saw it on the cover and the others in the book. I hesitated in making it for three reasons:
- I am miserable at making continuous bias strips without much waste,
- I haven't had an occasion to wear a dress like that.
- It looked complicated.
|Bias tape circle skirt.|
I used Simplicity 2356 to make a skirt perfect for twirling. The construction came together easily and relatively quickly. I cut the skirt pieces and starting at the top, applied the bias strips with an imprecise 1/4 inch seam. I cut the bias strips in half lengthwise because they were too wide and inflexible off the spool. I applied them randomly, overlapping the ends to join a new strip.
I used fabric from a sheet as the base and sewed the strips in a contrasting thread. After applying the reds, I decided it needed more contrast. I had regular grey bias tape on hand, cut it down to size and added it. The bias from the spools is firmer than what you find in the stores. It adds texture and weight in the best way.
|I just want to mount these and hang them on the wall.|
I applied the waistband and hemmed it with a single color of bias tape.
|Hemmed in bias|
What a fun skirt! I love how happy she is in this. The skirt has texture, personality, movement and is fun. I am excited to see what the raw edges do in the wash; I hope they get ragged in time.
It even looks good sitting still.
This fun skirt doubles as a grown up cape for me. I took a photo and wanted to share it, but after taking her pictures, I decided against it. I don't want to compete with this dizzying cuteness.