Isabella came along to see what was going on. She really liked all the pink, and thought I should use all the fabric together. Hmm...well, I have been thinking about doing patchwork. Never one to disappoint my cat, I decided to give it a try.
I cut myself a 4 by 4 inch template and sat down to cut squares. Isabella made sure my fabric didn't shift around.
Once I had a big pile of squares, I started making the patchwork. I didn't place them in a pattern or anything. As long as like squares weren't adjacent, I was happy. I also wasn't too concerned about the corners matching up. Quilters will be appalled, but I was going for overall effect, not perfection! I wish I'd taken some pictures of this process, but I was like a woman possessed!
Somewhere along the line here I started thinking that it would be a shame to waste all this work on a bag. I wanted something I could wear. I wanted...a skirt. Anyone surprised?
So I kept piecing, cutting squares, piecing, etc. Finally I had two big sections of patchwork. Time to decide where to go with this. I was tempted to sew up a quick a-line, just because it would have been so much easier, but I convinced myself to make a wrap skirt. That way, if THIS skirt shrinks in the wash --ahem--, I can still fit into it.
Once I cooled off, I realized I had no choice but to keep cutting squares and make one more piece of patchwork. Which would have been fine, except I was running out of fabric. All I can say is thank goodness I keep scraps, because I had a leftover piece of the dark pink fabric which I used to make up the length under the flap.
See what else I did? I lined this baby! Much as I would have liked to skip it, I knew it would never do to have all those raw edges exposed, so I sewed up a second skirt in plain white to use as a lining. (Starting to think a bag might have been a good idea after all!)
I used bias tape to finish the edges and for the ties. After all this grief, I was in no mood to hem, make ties, make bias tape, or do any other fiddley stuff. Bim bam boom, I'm done!
Here's what's left:
And here's how it looks!