When I bought this cotton fabric in South Africa last winter (their summer), I knew I wanted to make something unique and distinctive with it. I am not sure where I got the idea to make a paper bag waist skirt-- I think it just came to me. After I decided on the silhouette of the skirt, I did a search on the internet for similar styles, and while there were not a ton of skirts with paper bag waists out there, there were a few (I was directly inspired by this Fendi Spring 2010 look).
According to one website, the paper bag waist is hard to wear: "A super slim, non-curvy body type, plus height, a smallish chest and great gams are the prerequisites." I don't fit that description; I am slim, but my body is definitely curvy. I do think my legs are nice, which is one reason I chose this style. I am not sure how the skirt will look on me, but I think I can pull it off.
I had hoped to finish this skirt by tonight-- I wanted to wear it in honor of the Fashion's Night Out festivities. In typical fashion, it still needs a little work (the balloon skirt is pinned up at the moment and still needs to be attached to the underskirt). Hopefully I can post pictures of me wearing it soon, and you can be the judge as to whether or not it looks good on me.