tulip skirt (and a new camera!)

My outtakes on this camera are better than the final cuts on my old camera.

And because I am still learning how to use this camera (and use it on manual focus, and use it on self-timer), I have only outtakes of this skirt.  (I really have no excuse for the lack of ironing though, sorry, except I hate ironing).

This is the Tulip Skirt, another lovely Wiksten pattern.  The fabric is a remnant of unknown fabric content from G Street Fabrics.

I made size S and everything worked out about right, but for some reason my waistband didn't match up to the skirt when it was pleated.  It may be because I did french seams and used greater than the seam allowance accidentally, but I just made the pleats a little smaller to adjust.

I had fun playing with the stripes, using them horizontally for the placket, and cutting on the bias for the ties.  The inside of the waistband is horizontal as well.

I toiled for a day over which buttons to use - these were from the collection I inherited from my grandmother.

Sorry for all the pictures - I'm excited about my new camera!  I bought a Canon Rebel EOS XT body (pre-owned and discounted) and a Canon 50mm f1.8 that Kristina recommended.  And then I discovered that the lens on an old 35mm we got at a yard sale fits too!

I just don't have a clue what I'm doing with it.  More projects to come this week though!

Oh I almost forgot!  This is the first of my Handmade Wardrobe - you can see it here on Flickr along with photos of handmade clothes by other members of the group!


  1. Anonymous19.3.12

    Congrats on the new camera! that's so exciting :)

  2. Thank you! And thanks for your recommendation - I had already sort of decided on the camera but your camera looks very intriguing and I appreciated your feedback!

  3. Love it, Lauren! You have a way of choosing fabrics I never would and they end up being perfect for the piece! I'm glad you like your camera and you'll learn to love that lens, I'm so excited for you :))

    1. Thanks - that's a really nice compliment about my skirt! I do love the lens actually, a LOT. I just have to get the hang of it. I'm taking a "photo tour" / lesson in a couple weeks with a friend, so I'm hoping that will start me somewhere. Halfway through my trip I realized I am not a photographer and was ruining a bunch of pictures, so I switched it over to automatic the rest of the trip ;) I'm learning.

    2. That sounds great, I'm happy you like the lens already :)) The photo tour will be good. The basics (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc) sound a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it you'll love your camera even more because of all the possibilities it offers you! Have fun :)

  4. This skirt is absolutely gorgeous! I love your use of fabric on the button stand. Great job!

  5. I hear you on ironing. This is a post I did on "life being too short to". Life is too short to...