This skirt is one of my first upcycling projects. I was bit hard by the upcycling bug with this one and it started me on the path to realizing that what I loved to do the most was create one of a kind wearable art pieces using thrift store finds or pieces in my or a client’s existing wardrobe.
It is made from a raw silk skirt found at a thrift store. I added ribbon trim to the hemline of each tiered layer of the skirt and then tacked up one side to reveal the tulle layers underneath. The flowers used as embellishments were all made by hand from fabric, tulle and ribbons. The centers of the flowers have jewels and beads and scraps of black lace motifs were also added as extra texture and design elements.
The colour palette of this piece is black, plum, dark brown and the mustard gold of the skirt itself.
When I wear this skirt it never fails to elicit comments from people. It is a fantasy piece that for some reason makes me feel a bit like a gypsy, hence the name Gypsy Queen that I gave to it.