So here's what we're working with:
This whole thing was born out of my need to replicate my favorite skirt of all time, a brown tiered broomstick skirt that is starting to look pretty ratty, and the constant desire to stashbust. I only had a skinny rectangular piece of this fabric (which is evil for reasons I'll detail in a minute), so the idea of the tiered skirt seemed genius at the time. Cut out a bunch of strips, use the whole thing up, then mix and match to get the tiers I want! Super simple, right? Maybe, for someone other than me. Here's the places where this went wrong:
1. Weird fabric. After some discussion with the ladies on Craftster, I've come to the conclusion that this piece is probably Calcutta fabric, which was apparently very popular in the 70's. It's a knit with prepressed wrinkles that is quite spongy.
|My attempt to show the texture - the color is way off|
3. Not making samples. Since I only barely had enough of this fabric, I neglected to test how my topstitching method would look, and it stretched the fabric out in a yucky way.
4. Lazy hemming. I have yet to find a hemming method that works well for me. I could use my dressform, but that doesn't have the large rear that I do, so I always end up too short in the back. My current method is a combination of trying to fit myself and eyeballing. Especially when the tiers weren't all straight to start with, you can imagine how well this works.
However, after the initial disgust wore off, I'm slowly realizing that it's not completely unwearable. From far away, the stitching doesn't really show up.
The hem isn't as bad as I first thought...
So, the final verdict...it's a solid maybe. I'm also thinking with a short petticoat/underskirt/tulle thing it could work for a very grungy steampunky outfit for GenCon, so maybe it can find a home in the costume closet. If all else fails, I could take out the hem and shred the edges for a post-apocalyptic costume. I do know one thing for sure: I plan to stay far, far away from Calcutta cloth for a good long while.
I just have to make it through the rest of the work day (yes, Saturday is a work day for me) and then I've got a wide open Saturday night (usually taken up by my weekly Scion game) and all day Sunday to crank out some Thurlows. Sooo excited!