Friday, April 16, 2010

Another just-for-fun skirt

You'd think, having completed the Pattern Review Mini-Wardobe Challenge, that I'd have had enough of sewing for a while. Yet I felt this odd compulsion yesterday evening to sit down and make another skirt.

But not just any skirt. This one had to be a goofy, slap-dash, just for fun skirt. An anti-challenge skirt. A skirt that might get posted online, but which is not part of a wardrobe or in the running for any prize other than, just possibly, even 'though it's only April, my most favorite thing I make this year.

I used my TNT self-drafted, drawstring Fat Quarter Skirt pattern, based on the Sew What, Skirts! method, and went to town with some large scraps from the quilting stash:
* big bold flowers: Anna Maria Horner
* pink on white bird-in-a-tree: Jennifer Paganelli
* blue floral hem: Kaffe Fassett

Total sewing time: about 2 hours, including cutting fabric and making the drawstring. I eyeballed the blue border piece, with the help of a ruler, rather than cut a new pattern piece for it. Pins employed during the entire process: 0.

The hem is faced with a bias strip, with a length of lime green rick-rack sandwiched in the seam, because I found it in my "trims" drawer and it was just the right length. Don't you just love using something up?

The back is similar to the front, but with a narrower piece of the pink-on-white, and more of the bold floral.

I'm itching to wear this, but eeesh, It's COLD here: overcast with intermittent rain and temps barely into the low 70s, if that. (Our daytime high on Wed. was only 69! laugh if you want, but that's chilly for Hawaii.) So, I'm huddled in yoga pants and a velour pullever, with fuzzy slippers on my feet, waiting for the sun to come out and warm me up.


  1. Love it! Love the mini wardrobe & the quilt. You're making us all look bad (in more ways than one), but you look great!

  2. Tell me more about the Sew What Skirts method. Is it a pattern book? I've got to look into this because this is fabulous, and the older I get, the more I like to wear skirts rather than shorts.

    P.S. Anything with Kaffe AND Anna Maria = swoon!

  3. "Sew What: Skirts" is a book (you can get it from It presents a bunch of fairly simple skirt styles with instructions on how to draft to your measurements. I've used my basic pattern from it a lot.

    [sorry for the delayed response, just got back from a computer-free weekend getaway]