March 20, 2009

Look - Sewing!

Remember that big box I got from Cami last week? Well it also had fabric in it. I had seen this beautiful Denyse Schmidt leaf print at the Expo. But there were a couple of problems with it. First - the original one I saw was a mustardy gold with brown leaves. Second it was $23/yard! It's a lightweight home deck fabric but I wasn't about to pay that much for a funky skirt. Third, I had just decided that I needed to dress my age. God love Cami, Carolyn, Channon, Jessica, Yvonne, Sue, Marjie and everyone else who said that dressing your age is overrated. Cami mentioned that she had that same leaf print in the pink colorway in the shop, on sale. The checks in the mail I said. Why you're cutting it, why don't you look for something that will look great with it for pipping. So that pretty little brown micro dot is what she sent.
Thursday after getting JB settled and napping I went down to the studio and cut out this skirt. I cut strips on a slight bias for pipping, turned on my iron and headed upstairs to the new machine. Seriously there is a reason everything is in one place. This is the quickest skirt I ever make - there are 4 seams and a zipper. It goes together so quickly.
I did sew the two front seams twice. Originally I thought I'd add the contrast flat, but it was getting lost. So I ripped those seams and added cording to the trim and stitched them up again. Just a reminder - when you are adding pipping to a seam that needs more work done to it, ie: a hem, taped the pipping out at the hem line and there will be a ton less bulk to try and turn, press and stitch. This is one of my favorite skirts ever. I love this pattern. It quick to make and easy to wear. I had thought that the pipping might be uncomfortable, but it's not anywhere on the body that I'm sitting on. It's out of the way.

14 comments :

  1. Baby stick to your style because that skirt is soooo you! And you are soooo styling in it! I love the fabric and the piping. It is sooooo you! Great job!

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  2. It looks great and I love the trim. It just goes perfectly.

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  3. I love it! The colors are beautiful, you totally rock the style, and I wish you many happy wears...

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  4. Love the new skirt - what a great way to usher in spring!

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  5. Darling skirt. Good job! Love the contrast of the piping.

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  6. Great fabric, great skirt. I don't think I'd have liked it as well in mustard. Nice outfit on you. I'm jealous that you could be outside in short sleeves for even 2 minutes for pictures! C'mon spring, I am so ready! And I'm glad you're keeping your colors.

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  7. oh, i just love that!!! Look how cute you look?!!
    Well done, again!

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  8. Beautiful!!! Seriously, that's one cute skirt! :-)

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  9. That skirt is too cute. I want one too. Love the fabric pattern. You are really talented.

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  10. Cute, cute, cute!

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  11. That skirt is sooooooo fine, lady! Love it, and it looks perfect of you.
    What pattern did you use?

    Heather

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  12. Beautiful! I love the fabrics you use!!

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  13. Love the print ! And where better to have fun with your fabric than in summer skirts ? I agree, dressing your age is overrated :-)

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