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My Market skirt Is Finally Finished! April 26, 2010

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100_5092It took me a month, but I finally finished my Saturday Market Skirt, and I really love it. One would think that the cutting would be the time consuming part, but gathering and arranging each tier took me a few hours, I would guess, if I were to add up my bits of time. Making sure like fabrics and colors were not stacked on top of each other nearly drove me mad a couple times! But it’s done, and yay!, it is super comfy, and cute (if I do say so myself), and it fits me perfectly.

I made a medium, and followed the instructions exactly, except I added a half inch to the waist pieces for a bit more ease. My measurements are 27.5” and 37.5”, for anyone trying to determine what size to make. It would have fit without the extra room, but I may have had to tug a bit over my hips. I also made a facing instead of using interfacing, because I didn’t have enough and didn’t get to the store. I did use interfacing to stabilize the button holes.

I could seriously wear this every day. Seriously. I’m hoping I’ll have time to make another before summer is gone. Though, I suppose I should make one for Bridger-Boo before I get too greedy with my sewing time. I’m thinking lots of pinks and greens and blues from Sandi’s fabrics.

Thank you, Sandi Henderson, for your generosity!



WIP: Saturday Market Skirt March 23, 2010

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My heart skipped a beat when I visited Sandi Henderson’s blog last week and saw this. She has very generously made available a skirt 100_4851pattern from her soon to be released book Sewing Bits and Pieces.  Such a perfectly bohemian summer skirt. I have a few similar skirts hanging in my closet from my college days, but they’re so long, I’m always tripping on them and they’re a bit big on me. So, they get a few weeks of use after I have a baby, and that is about it.

I am so excited about this skirt! I’ve been rummaging through my scrap bag and my shelves. Nevermind all the other projects cut out and waiting to be sewn. This has overtaken my imagination! Still cutting, but can’t wait to start piecing this together! Oh, I hope it turns out well!

My inspiration started with the batik print on the bottom right. I made a mei tai from it to sell a couple years ago, and I love it so, but just didn’t know what to use it for. It has now found it’s home. The colors of the skirt are not ones I’d typically choose for myself to wear – the fuschia-ish purple is brighter than what I would normally go for – but the more I cut, the more I think it’s going to work. Here’s hoping.

Oh, and she has instructions for child size skirts too, so Bridget may be running around the yard in her own before the summer is through!



a Little Of This, A Little Of That…Makes For A Very Long Post March 6, 2010

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The blog’s been quiet. I know. I’ve been blogging in my head the last few weeks at least. In the car – before I fall asleep – but none of those thoughts have actually made it onto this canvas. And the thoughts flow so well at the time, but I’m aware that I’ll never remember how I wanted to say what I wanted to say when I finally have time to sit down. Maybe I need to start carrying around a tape recorder. Maybe then I’d actually write about some of the things I really do want to say.

Anyway, I guess this is a “catch up” post to say, I’m still here and we’re all doing okay.

image_thumbSo, first on the catch up list: my sweet friend Lisa at Grace Upon Grace nominated me a while back for a Beautiful Blogger award, which was very kind. Thank you, Lisa.

In accepting this award I have to follow these rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award.
2. Copy the award & place it on my blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated me for this award.
4. Share 7 interesting things about myself.
5. Nominate 7 bloggers.

However, I’m going to have to bend (break?) the rules a bit, as, through the years, I have whittled my blog reading down to my four that I can’t do without because really, I just don’t have time to read everything I’d like. So, Lisa’s is of course one of those – oh, and her husband, Bob, but I don’t know that he’d be appreciative of such an award.  The other inspiring women I like to read are Amanda Soule at Soule Mama, Anna Maria Horner and Sandi Henderson at Portabello Pixie. Being that the latter three are professional bloggers who don’t read my little blog, I guess I don’t really have anyone to nominate, so hopefully no one will strip me of my award for not following the rules completely! 🙂

So, onto my seven things:

  1. My sister and I grew up in a home that was built by my grandpa. My mom also grew up in that house. It was situated in a hill that was perfect for sledding in the winter, and next to the woods which were perfect for exploring in summer. When I was about ten, he built a house on the extra lot next door for himself and my grandma. It was really special to be so close to them.
  2. I spent my childhood and youth trying hard to be a good girl, in college said “forget this, despite everyone thinking I’m so good, I’m a constant failure,” and finally met with who God really is when I was 23 and realized that being good enough has nothing to do with it.
  3. My husband and I met online before it was a “normal” thing to do. I don’t know, is it normal now? I think it was the perfect way for us to establish a relationship because I am rather introverted and somewhat self conscious with people I don’t know well, and it takes a long time for me to let a person know me. I am much more at home writing, and it was really great to email back and forth most every day for a few weeks. We talked about so many things from religion to literature and music, traveling, family – we were able to share a lot. By the time we met, I felt certain of what kind of person he was.
  4. We plan on home schooling our children. As the time draws ever closer, I’m starting to feel a bit apprehensive about such an undertaking, but I’m also looking forward to being such an integral part of my kids’ learning and learning alongside them.
  5. A dream of mine for my family is to live in a big old house in the country where we can have chickens and a cow and a big garden in summer.
  6. I’ve always been interested in personality types. I’m an INFJ, with a rather weak J…which is probably why my life isn’t more orderly. When I took the Myers-Brigg test earlier in life, I scored as an INFP.
  7. I love singing musical theater and have always wanted to be in Oklahoma! and Into The Woods. Someday yet, maybe. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any performing. It just doesn’t fit well in my life now and those two opportunities have never presented themselves.

And on the crafty front…..

I’ve finally started sewing a bit again over the last couple months. I’ve made three dresses for Bridget – pictures to come – and finished a skirt for myself last weekend. I much prefer skirts to shorts in the summer, and my goal over the next couple months is to make one item of clothing for me or one of the kids each week. I have so much fabric on my shelves; I hope to buy a few pairs of play shorts and tees for Bridget and do the rest of her wardrobe myself using what I already have.

I think I’ve finally found my perfect skirt. This skirt is so completely me. Everything about it. It’s love. Love. Love. It’s the yard sale skirt from Heather Ross’ book Weekend Sewing. I think I will feel very at home in this skirt…and the many to come! I’m not into fashion. I have little idea what’s in style. Since having kids, myyard sale skirt wardrobe consists of jeans and tees. But I really do feel good wearing something that is an outward expression of what I’m about. I think sewing gives me that opportunity so much more than shopping at the mall, and I’m really looking forward to trading in my current uniform for my summer skirts. So, perhaps it’s not so much that I’m not into fashion, but more that it’s hard to satisfy my real style at the mall….at least without going broke at Anthropologie!

Now, there is a clear consensus among reviewers of this book that it is beautifully done with lots of great patterns; however their are many errors, so many that I’ve read a lot of people who say they’ve shelved the book. I was aware before starting this wrap skirt, that it was one that needed revision – an extra panel was needed for comfortable coverage. So, I went to Heather’s errata page where it said, “at least six panels are needed for this skirt not five.”  So six it is, or so I thought, but apparently even the errata has errors because in actuality the book itself calls for six, not five. How I didn’t think this all through better beforehand, I don’t know, but apparently people have been using at least seven panels. Fortunately, my waist is pretty small, so my six panel skirt will work out just fine with a discretely placed safety pin a third of the way down the back – just in case, you know. Next time I will add the extra panel, and there will be absolutely no worries about flashing people.

Another thing I have to tell you: if you’re planning to make this skirt, you need more yardage than the 2.5 that’s called for, even if you’re not adding an extra panel. I followed the pattern exactly and used just under 3 yards. I’d say buy 3.5-4 yards – a lot for one skirt, but worth it.

The fabric is Joel Dewberry from a few years back. I bought four yards of it for a swishy sundress a long time ago, but let’s face it, dresses are just not practical when you have either a nursing little one or are hoping to be pregnant. And while I really do like the fabric a lot, it was not one that I would have been totally heartbroken over if my first go didn’t work out so well.

As far as family life goes, we’re hanging in there and hoping for spring. Winter with a three year old and a baby is long, and we’re all tired of being cooped up. Both Jonas and I have had a hard time behaving ourselves some days.


Geisha Fans Skirt May 4, 2008

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Hurray, a new skirt for me!  A simple A-line in Amy Butler’s Clay Geisha Fans. P1010027


I Feel Pretty February 17, 2008

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Oh So Pretty….

I’m really happy with how this skirt came out. It’s a half circle. I made one a couple inches shorter last P2170006summer, but I really like the longer length. I think it looks just a little retro 50’s. I may even make another a bit longer this spring. Then I’d really be feeling like Donna Reed.

The fabric is from Robert Kaufman’s Night and Day line that came out in the fall.

P2170007And can I say, I just discovered that I love bias tape! I have never used it for a waist before, and it is so easy. I’ve always either done a facing or casing, but bias tape is going to be my new thing for zippered waists, I think.

I am especially pleased because the last skirt I made was a sad disappointment. I used a lovely fabric from Amy Bulter’s Nigella line: Grey Passion Vine. I drafted a basic A-line skirt, and it hung perfectly well P1130003before I hemmed it, but Nigella is a home decor collection, and once the twill was hemmed, it made the bottom a bit stiff, causing it to bell out. So, I tried to take some width off to make it more of a straight skirt, but it just never looked right, so it’s now in the scrap pile and will someday become a bag or mei tai, or something of that nature. 

I didn’t get the whole skirt in the photo, so you really can’t tell there is a problem with it, but trust me, it looked a little silly.

Fortunately, I have a few more yards of this fabric since I love it so much. So, there will be a straight skirt version coming sometime.

It’s never as fun to make something a second time, so who knows when I’ll actually get another made. I have some other ideas I’d like to get to first.

I’ve had big plans for some of my Chocolate Lollipop fabric for sometime, but it’s going to be a little more involved, so I haven’t tackled it yet.


Tweet Tweet January 7, 2008

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I took some time after Christmas to make myself a couple things. I’ve been dying to make a skirt from my beloved Joel Dewberry Almond Sparrows. Yes, the last project I did for myself was a bag in the same fabric, but I just love it so. I think they’re too matchy to wear together though.

I did a drawstring waist, which I have not done before. It’s not the most flattering skirt with the light background, horizontal branches, and extra fabric at the waist from the drawstring waist, but I don’t care. It makes me happy.