Intro: Laser Cutting: Cherry Blossom Shaped Pattern Skirt
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. http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/04/20-minute-skirt.html
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.