Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Blue/Brown Snakeskin Print Skirt


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This is the style of skirt I've been wearing a lot this summer, and I think this fabric worked very well for the it. It's a snakeskin print knit with an interesting feature; at least I think it's interesting. It has dots all over it that act a little like sequins. They're quite tiny, and I have to suppose it's part of the printing process. It may be what I've seen labeled holographic, but the ones I've seen like that are generally a much bigger dot. More the size punched out for a 3-ring binder, whereas these are about 1/16" or less in diameter, or about 1mm. Very tiny, anyway. It's what gives the fabric its shine and suggestion of skin or leather. In the photo below, you can see the fabric dots best on the brown part of the print although they are placed evenly over the whole surface.



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Anyway, the skirt itself is very simple. Just a straight skirt with elastic waist and a handsewn hem. You can see both the inside and outside of the waistband above, and the ribbon loop that marks the CB. This pattern was a download that's no longer available, and actually has 4 seams but in this case I simply put the CB and CF on folds. I like the 4 seam look in most cases, but when the fabric has a busy print, I generally only do 2 seams for visual continuity. You can see the skirt laid out flat below.


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My next quandary is should I make a jacket or something to match this? I have plenty of fabric left, and I think I'd like something. I thought of a 'scuba' type zippered jacket, but then thought that was a little too 'snaky' with this fabric. What about a cropped jacket? That's what I'm leaning toward now. But what about something else entirely? That's what I'm stumped on. I don't think a top is what I want, but it might be. What do you think? Any great ideas?

13 comments:

Kathryn, aka fzxdoc said...

Love the skirt, Liana. If I was in your cute little sandals, I'd do something wild with the remainder, juxtaposing a classic look with the wild fabric, like a trenchcoat perhaps.

Kathryn

patti said...

Love the skirt, Liana--as far as the extra fabric--either a trenchcoat, as Kathryn suggests--or perhaps a jeans jacket.

sdBev said...

Oh Liana, I think you have yor mojo back and what a way to use it! Terrific skirt!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I have no ideas on what to do with the remaining fabric...however, the skirt is awesome!

Mary Beth said...

Yeah, cute sandals! Difficult question, too. So I hazzard this suggestion: a long (mid thigh) but simple, assymetrically hemmed vest with a solid long sleeved top. The fabric reflects so much light that a sleeved garment from your fabric might just be overwhelming.

Mardel said...

The skirt is wonderful, and yeah, I agree, cute sandals.

As for the extra fabric, I would tend to agree with Kathryn that the wild fabric would be fabulous in something otherwise totally classic.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful skirt, Liana! I also agree that a trench or an "evening coat" would be wonderful. I probably would not wear matching jacket and skirt, but I could be wrong.

Karendee

Anne-Marie said...

Trendy, simple and efficient. I like your skirt. It is lovely on you !

Cennetta said...

I think it's kinda cute.

Deirdre said...

I think the skirt is fabulous and suits you well. Like others have suggested I think a coat of some type would be good in the extra fabric. But, if you really, really don't know what to do with the extra, you can send it to me *)

Lisette M said...

Great looking skirt. Maybe the leftover fabric can be used with a coordinating fabric as an accent.

Linda said...

Love this fabric. I think the trenchcoat or jean jacket is good suggestions.

Gillian said...

The skirt really has "something" that works. I have to agree with the jean jacket suggestion.It was the first one that sprang to my mind. Very sporty. Another option could be a light weight anorak style like the Stylearc safari Jane jacket. You have terrific taste! whatever you choose willlook great.