Friday, September 2, 2011

FO: The 'Tribute' Skirt

It's finished! My Alexander McQueen inspired skirt:

This has to be my favourite challenge ever! I found 3 metres of this very popular 'Royal Stewart' tartan in a wool and acrylic blend in a charity shop earlier in the year.  I really love the colours on this tartan!


I revisited Simplicity 3196--because it's such a great classic skirt pattern. I was inspired by McQueen's unfinished edges on the full skirt dress with the shash and silk tulle petticoat.  I was also inspired by his high waisted skirt pattern--so I combined the two in my creation.  I used the selvage for the bottom of the skirt to give it that unfinished fringe.  It's a little less pronounced since it's not 100% wool but it does have a nice fringe effect going on (plus--I didn't have to hem it!! YAY!).  In order to make sure the skirt was even all around, I had to adjust it during the cutting out process (I made sure to line up the tartan stripes such that it hung 1/2 inch longer in the back) by adding the extra length at the top and using the waistband to cover up the difference.

I also made the waistband higher so that I could accommodate larger belts.  I borrowed one of David's great belts with a neat Celtic inspired belt buckle.


I used an extra piece of fabric from selvage to selvage to create the shoulder sash (which is removable).  I borrowed the idea of wrapping it around my neck and I fastened it with another Celtic inspired brooch at the neck and then loosely tied it under the belt!  I really love how it looks--a sort of modern twist on a traditional Scottish look.


Whatcha think?

22 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha. Sweet. Well done, me lassie!

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  2. You look fabulous! You really captured the Alexander McQueen feel. The ensemble is so sassy and edgy, but can also be easily toned down. Great job!

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  3. It look amazing. Definitely very McQueen.

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  4. Well again you have created a fabulous look that is just great on you.

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  5. How cute do you look!!!!! and I'm loving the scenery... Your photos always look so cool!

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  6. Fantastic tribute outfit and so chic on you. Love it!

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  7. You are so cute, love the whole outfit. I enjoy seeing all your dedication to this craft we call sewing. You inspire me to keep sewing even with my current busy life. Love the plaid!

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  8. I love that you took action on your inspiration and were so successful. That make YOU an inspiration!

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  9. Gor-gee-us! A wonderful tribute to a talented designer. :)

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  10. Debi, this is amazing. And you carry it off so well. I love tartan. Asides from the lovely Alexander, Vivienne Westwood springs to mind. I feel some tartan coming on too!

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  11. LOVE! My aunt and uncle sent me the exhibition catalog since I couldn't make it up to NY for the show and I adore everything (especially all of the plaid pieces, what that man could do with seaming is incredible!)

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  12. Awesome - you will be able to wear this so many ways! I'm always partial to a selvedge/unfinished hem, not just because it saves time!

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  13. Fabulous styling! You really know how to rock the tartan!

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  14. Oh it's such an awesome skirt!! Perfect for the new season :-D

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  15. Wow! You managed to capture the eternal McQueen. Love the idea of ​​a scarf with the belt, so cool!

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  16. I just knew you would love this weeks challenge! I love your outfit you look very sassy.x x x x

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  17. I looove this one! wow wow wow!

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  18. Fabulous Debi, you really look the part!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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