A Skirt “For the Good of All of Us”

“Except the ones who are dead. Now there’s no sense crying over every mistake, you just keep on trying till you run out of cake…”

If I didn’t know any better, the title song from one of my favorite video games could totally be about sewing.  The game is Portal, and the song is called Still Alive, sung by GLADOS and written by Jonathon Coulton.  At least the tears part could be about sewing. And maybe the cake part. Except that the cake is a lie…

Anyway, it seems fitting that I made a Portal skirt this week. Out of this fantastic fabric that I ordered from Spoonflower.


I LOVE this print.  It has a lot of the “danger” signs from Aperture that we have on our Portal coasters, and lots of turrets and companion cubes.  Perfect 🙂

Now, this is the same performance knit that I used to make my wibbley wobbley leggings. Which, while fantastic visually, had some stitching issues and fell apart in the washing machine. Fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck.

Anyway, I wrote Spoonflower about the fabric quality – how there were runs in it (after wear and washing, mostly around the seams), and the fabric pulled at the seams. They offered to let me return my order for a refund, but I had also asked questions about needle size, due to the ridiculous holes along the seams of the leggings. The person who wrote back said a small needle was definitely in order for this fabric.

So I did some trials on scraps with a Size 9 standard needle like you would use for sheer fabrics. It looked SOOOO much better. So I vowed no more leggings with this knit, but to keep the fabric because it is just awesome.

Elizabeth came over to sew last night, and I decided to do something crazy! Cut the pieces for a skirt without drafting or using a pattern.  We’ll skip over the part where I also tried to do this for a dress out of the fabric, but miscalculated where my waist was and chose to deal with that particular “ooops” later.

The skirt was a very simple number. I folded my fabric once lengthwise and once width-wise and then cut four identical tapered pieces.  Then I stitched the pieces together along the seam lines, and folded over the top to make an elastic casing.  There is a lot of bunching in the elastic casing since I intentionally made this skirt way bigger than necessary, so I had to be careful not to lose my elastic while pulling it through.  I wanted a flow-y skirt  that looked nicely gathered at the waist, since this knit fabric would probably lay nicely for such a project.

After trying it on, I had Elizabeth help me with the hem, so she spent some time cutting the fabric while the skirt was still on me to make sure the hemline was nice and even. Because ass!


After this was all done, we went out on my recently completed patio for pictures!  But first a stop to play with the dogs.


And now, the skirt.  Which, again is nothing special, except that it is made out of PORTAL FABRIC.  I feel like I am going to need to listen to “Still Alive” all day long while I wear it.  I love how it billows in the wind in the second shot!  And Talon did not appreciate my modeling as he did not get to chase his toy at the same time.


I might eventually make a blue or orange top to wear with this.  Maybe with an Aperture symbol on it.  Or hell, this shirt could use an applique.  Maybe I will just add it on!  Oh and if you are wondering, my necklace is a companion cube.  Etsy is so freaking cool.  I also ordered an Enterprise pendant from that shop for wear with my Star Trek outfit.

I’ve been trying to get started this week on my Hades costume for DragonCon, but I have been procrastinating.  I think it might be because I have gotten my heart set on finding a way to make my hands “smoke” or “steam” for this costume, and the logistics just don’t seem very feasible.  I need to keep reminding myself that this will be my first project with el-wire, and that I just need to get over the smoke thing.  Maybe I’ll have something for you next week on that!  Cheers!


2 comments for “A Skirt “For the Good of All of Us”

  1. June 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Looks great! I love these quick projects. Nothing like starting and finishing a garment within a couple of hours.

    • June 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Agreed. It’s nice to be able to do that now!


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