Thursday, 2 February 2012

Flirty Skirty


What do you get when you combine stripes and elastic?

Insert thinking face ...

Deliciousness. That's what.

I would like to introduce to you the love child of stripes and elastic, my new skirt: 'Flirty Skirty'.

Simple and easy, this skirt took just a few hours to cut up and put together. But you know, it always seems to be the garments that I construct in minimum time and effort that end up being my favourites. I sense there's a lesson in there somewhere ...


I must warn you readers, I'm more than a little bit obsessed with stripes at the moment and when Miss Bobbin gets obsessed, things get cRazY. Expect to see my next 20 blog posts with stripes (Julia Bobbin exaggeration claim #14)


In the past I've steered away from stripes for obvious reasons. Being 'curvy' on the bottom half I've always thought that pairing horizontal stripes and my hips was like combining chicken wings with chocolate sauce - a bad idea. (Or is it..?)


After delving down the dangerous path I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stripes didn't actually turn my curves into the size of Australia, but instead works with them. It certainly doesn't hide them, but it emphasises the hip to waist ratio in a way that I think looks flattering.

Once again I employed my recent favourite waist band finish, using belt elastic as the waist band. I have used elastic as the waist band for two other projects; Elastic Fantastic and The Survivor


I used a firm cotton drill for the skirt. The thickness of this skirt added extra support so that I didn't cross over into unflattering territory.


This skirt is fun, easy to dress up and is going to get a work out this summer.


And who doesn't like stripes. Seriously.

29 comments:

  1. I'm a great fan of stripes! I love your skirt :)
    Great job, as always!

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  2. Totally flattering! Great job!

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  3. I've also avoided horizontal stripes on the bottom half for the same reason as you! But this skirt has totally convinced me otherwise, totally inspiring. x

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    1. Oh that's great and thank you! It's so exciting that I no longer have to limit stripes to my top half! xx

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  4. Great look! You are totally rockin' this look..

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  5. Looks the business. I am a big fan of stripes. and I love the elastic waisted skirts, love the way my waist looks in them.

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    1. Thanks Sassy! Elastic is only a new discovery for me and I can't believe I've lasted so long without it! It works wonders!

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  6. Julia, you have to stop making impossibly amazing things, you make the rest of us look bad! Seriously, this is lovely,and so flattering! I never thought vertical stripes could look good on anyone but Kate Moss and there you go, changing my mind.
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    1. Leah you are too kind thank you! It's nice to know us curvier girls can get away with stripes too!

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  7. Love the stripes and you can definitely wear them they look fab on you. Well done!

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  8. Oh Juliabobbin, you've done it again!!! creating a flattering skirt!! Great job!!

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    1. Evelyne you're wonderful, thank you!

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  9. I love a good hip to waist ratio. Too many times we've been told horizontal stripes are bad! Silly People. Time to Fight Back!

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  10. A girl after my own heart. I have to confess I have made myself not one not two but three of these skirts and they are a firm fave in my wardrobe. Yours looks awesome and you wear it well great job :-)

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    1. Thank you Ruby! I'm a firm believer that if you get onto a good thing, you need to make lots of them! x

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  11. Julia, you did a great job again. I always avoid horizontal stripes, but now i really wanted to make one for my wardrobe. Thanks for sharing the idea:)

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    1. You're so welcome! I'm glad that we can throw away the myth and start playing with horizontal stripes!

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  12. Fantastic skirt! Where did you get the stripe fabric? I love stripes and am planning a dress with bias side panels.

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    1. Oh I love stripes when they are cut on the bias! I bought it from spotlight and only about two weeks ago also so they should still stock it. It's a thick cotton and they had it in other colours too.

      Let me know if you have any problems finding it!

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  13. Am a lover of stripes I just feel so damn cool in them lol

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    1. Just realised I already commented on this post back in the day lol. Oh well no better way to show appreciation than posting twice hehe

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