Season 5 of Project Run and Play has started and I am sewing along again. I really love the competition that Simple Simon & Co have going on. It is so much fun to watch what the designers come up with. Each time I am surprised by their creativity.
I also love the sew-along because it makes me try new things. And what is the fun of having a creative outlet if you don't get creative?
Now that is a cute skirt and her girl looks lovely in it. No Big Dill also has a flickr page where people have posted their versions of the bias skirt, and they are lovely too.
But, when I showed it to my daughter and started talking about different ways we could do it, she just was not into it. We brainstormed quite a bit...
what if we did a jacket and the peplem had the bias strips?
we could ruffle the bias strips?
we could do a rainbow on a shirt or skirt in bias strips?
None of these ideas held any interest for us. So, what if I used bias strips in a more conventional way but also in a variety of ways? That was more like it. I guess we are both in a clean-look kinda mood right now. We just could not stand to have raw edges.
Therefore, I have named the skirt The Not So Biased skirt.
I designed up a high waisted yoked skirt with darts. It has a snap and zipper in the back and a gathered skirt on the bottom. It is made from an organic cotton twill.
I took scraps from an earlier project and made up some bias tape and also gathered up bias tape I had from more past projects.
I then used the bias tape to make stripes on the skirt. I offered to make more, but Abi was very happy with three.
Then, I made a top. I know, I am remixing a skirt. But I wanted a new matching top too. I designed a dress shirt with an oversize peter pan collar and used the bias tape for both form and function.
I used the bias tape to finish the inside edge where the collar meets the shirt.
I used it to finish the sleeves.
I used it instead of a standard hem.
The back yoke is also cut on the bias for more comfort on her broad sholders (if that counts at all toward my use of bias).
I think the whole out fit is pretty ... but I might be biased.