um…skirt, purple mullet skirt!
I should try to dig up some photos of my brothers and their mullets in middle school back in the early ’80s. Gelled spikes on top, long braided rattails in the back as they cruised around on their BMX bikes after breakdancing class…yes the 11-year-old ladies were all over that.
My now-adult-with-kids-of-their-own-and-conservatively-cropped brothers would kill me.
So here’s a more palatable mullet. I saw the ladies on Ain’t No Mom Jeans and I’ll Take That in Purple celebrating the short-in-front, long-in-back skirts that are now popular, and I thought, hm, my legs are still pretty good. Could I get away with one of those? Better yet, could I make one?
Here are my results! I had this purple jersey knit skirt languishing in my closet for a while now, a hand-me-down that I’d already shortened to kneecap length (of course, for this project, I wish I had left it longer for a more dramatic front/back difference. C’est la vie). Before:
The thing I love about jersey (t-shirt knit) is how you usually don’t need to hem it, if you don’t mind the raw edges look. It doesn’t unravel or fray! Definitely made this project more approachable for me. I knew this would be a kicking-around skirt, so I didn”t mind the raw edges.
First, I decided I could take off about 4 inches without feeling like I was flashing the world. So I found the front center of the skirt, and marked 4 inches from the bottom.
I folded the skirt along the front center (putting the side seams together) and chalked a tapered line from the 4-inch mark to the side seam, ending at the bottom of the skirt.
I cut along the lines, trying to follow the curve of the bottom of the skirt and making a smooth transition to the original length once I got to the side.
Tried it on, and felt pretty happy with the result! A little bit more fun to wear (and a 15-minute project)!
Now, I tend to wear brights with basic black, which is apparently sooo 2011, but I’m going to challenge myself to try multiple brights together (very 2012!). What goes with purple? Or should I say, clashes nicely? Orange? Red? Lime green? Stay tuned…gulp…
What do you think about the mullet skirt–would you try it? And what brights do you like to wear together? (I may steal your ideas!)
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