Laser Cutting: Cherry Blossom Shaped Pattern Skirt




Introduction: Laser Cutting: Cherry Blossom Shaped Pattern Skirt

Hello all,
This skirt was made for a class project. It’s a cherry blossom patterned skirt with an optional top. The theme of my project came from the annual Sakura Matsuri Festival; which everyone gets dressed up in Japanese animation characters or floral summer dresses. To get the perfect shape of cherry blossoms, I used the laser cut printer to print my pattern.
* I used 100% silk fabric for my pattern because my school printer is only able to print organic fabrics.

Step 1: Sketch the Skirt

Create a quick sketch of the skirt you plan to make.

Step 2: Create the Skirt

I used a simple gathering skirt pattern. I used this type of skirt because it’s easier to attach the laser cutouts. There are two layers for this skirt.

Here's a very good tutorial from Ruffles And Stuff on actually making the skirt.

Step 3: Design the Pattern for Skirt

Below is the pattern that I created. You can use the same eps for laser printing, too.

Step 4: Setting Fabric Up for Laser Cutting

Make sure to iron flat your fabric (so that the print design will come out even). I tape my fabrics onto five 19” X 24” Bristol paper. See below for how I set my fabrics up for printing:

Step 5: To the Laser Printer

Step 6: Stitch the Cutouts to Skirt

This was the longest process of my project. I had to stitch each tiny piece onto the skirt separately. But it was worth it!

Step 7: Optional Top

I bought a plain white tank top from Old Navy and stitch a few patterns on the top right corner the tank.

Step 8: Final Result

The skirt is now complete with an optional tank top.

Step 9: Wear It to the Festival or the Park

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting. but why not laser cut the white layer and then put it atop the red one, connecting them only at the waist line?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    On my first trial, I did laser-cut the white layer so that the red fabric would show through. However, when I washed the white layer the laser cut corners ripe apart.

    I used 100% silk fabric, so that could also be the reason it was so easy for the fabric to break. But, I also tried laser cut and wash with cotton fabric but the same result came out.

    So, to be on the same side, I use the cutout instead of the white layer.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. I'll try that the next I experiment with laser cutting again


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I would suggest fusing wonder under to the colored layer before laser cutting. Then you can just peel off the backing and iron the shapes directly onto thewhite fabric!