Brocade skirt for Kahana

Thursday, August 8, 2013

So a few weeks ago my cousin Kahana asked me if I would make her a skirt.
You guys, this is a big deal. She is the cutest thing and her style is amaaazing. (She works at J Crew, enough said. haha)


So I made this skirt. It's a remake of this one obviously, she just wanted it lengthened, and tapered in at the bottom. The pleating is also different (smaller and closer together) but everything else is the same, side zipper, fabric, waistband, all that fun stuff.



I'm so incredibly flattered she asked me to make her one and hope she likes it! (Even though she's the biggest sweetheart ever and wouldn't ever tell me anything otherwise. haha but I should appreciate that because I'm still new to the whole 'making things for other people' thing and oh my gosh, it intimidates me so much. So I appreciate that she at least pretends to like it. :) Man though, it's scary to make things for other people! I don't know how you Etsy shop owners do it. 



Have a great weekend everyone! 
I'm celebrating my 20th on Saturday so big woop to no longer being a teenager! Except I'm not super excited about that honestly, ha I mean what am I going to blame for being all emotional and stuff now? No honestly I'm not dreading it, It's just weird.. I'm not ready to be old yet. (I know you're rolling your eyes right now. Not old, just, you know what I mean.) 
Anyways, what I really want to know is what YOU did to celebrate your 20th? (Assuming of course that you are older than 20.) I'm feeling like I should be doing at least something exciting but I definitely work that night. ha oh well, I love the people I work with so it shouldn't be too bad.

                           Really though I want to know, 
What did you do for your 20th birthday? 
I need some ideas but I'm also just super nosy so I want to know. :)

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  1. Hahah I am always feeling the same way... How do people do the whole oh here, I made this for you thing!? For me its more like: well here, I tried, I hope this doesn't diappoint you too much.

    It looks like you've got your sewing skills down pat and have nothing to worry about.

    I spent my 20th birthday wishing my husband was home. He was at boot camp. Do something less depressing than that, please. I'm 22 now and talk about feeling old. You've got time!

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    1. Exactly! That's exactly how I feel, I'm glad I'm not alone on that. And it's like they can't exactly tell you they don't like it if they don't (unless they do and then you just feel crappy from that..haha) gahh the whole thing intimidates the heck out of me.

      Ah man, that would be so hard. How old were you when you got married? I'm starting to have friends get married and it's so crazy to me, but mostly just because here all my friends are having real relationships and stuff and I'm like "oh hi, boys, let's try not to be awkward for a sec" stage. haha for real though.

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  2. Lovely skirt, looks fab! I'm too judgmental of my own work (sewing, knitting, writing, everything really) to give it as gifts most of the time. I'm the doofus who can't resist the urge to say things like, "Here, I made you this thing, try to ignore the fact that it's got a mistake over here, and I wish I had done there better, and..." even when I'm the only one that would notice. So good on you for getting out of your comfort zone!

    I can't even remember what I did for my 20th birthday. Dinner with my family, I think? My 21st birthday was super lame. I baked a bunch of cupcakes for a college class that no one wanted to eat, then I ordered curbside pickup at a restaurant for dinner (alone) and was forced to retrieve the order from the bar in my pajamas. Womp womp.

    As for suggestions, I confess I'm no good at exciting, but I've found going to a zoo or aquarium can be a lot of fun, followed up by the best ice cream can you can find. Happy birthday!

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    1. Totally!! haha that is so me, it just seems to make it better if you point the mistakes out FIRST you know? So they don't think you just suck and didn't notice or something. haha

      Dinner with the family's always good! That's what we ended up doing (albeit a few days early because the crappy work schedule), we went out for sushi and I LOVE sushi so I was happy with that. :)
      K what the heck though, why did no one eat your cupcakes? Crazy people, I'm always so scared of that happening though. I actually think I should just vow to never bake anything for anyone ever because I fear they would take one look at it and be like, nope not happening. haha oh well, I think it was a super nice gesture of you to do though.

      Love your suggestions, thank you Caitlyn!

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  3. you are amazing. i seriously would love it if you made all of my clothes, like no joke. finding a skirt the right length that goes to my knees and actually fits my waist is impossible.

    and 20, i turn 23 this year, its seriously crazy i feel so old.
    i hope you have the happiest of birthdays.

    K

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    1. Kirsten you are seriously SO nice. Considering that I'm in love with your style and I've stalked your blog for forever now, this means a lot. :) I know how you feel re: the skirts though. I'm actually so scared to get married and start wearing garments because there goes like 3/4ths of my closet. I know that's not the right attitude to have but, you know how it is. I need to just start making skirts that actually work with garments NOW, save myself the headache later.

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    2. Ok hello I just realized how rude I was completely just assuming you were Mormon! I apologize, I guess there are a lot of reasons why you would be wearing knee length skirts! I just assumed BYU, Utah, you know how it is around here. haha but my apologies again!

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    3. Hi Haylee, when I got married I went through the same thing with my closet. It was actually nice, though, because it gave me a reason to start sewing a lot more of my own clothes to fill in all those gaps. By the time that you go through the temple you might be ready to change some of your clothes, or make new (longer) versions of old dresses you liked a lot. The great thing about sewing (especially when you are an extremely talented seamstress, like yourself) is that you can make anything you want, and make your wardrobe anything you want. Which means that you can make it work with garments, too. It will be an interesting design challenge for you.
      I think on my 21st birthday that I had dinner with my family and then I went to hear the artist Steve Roden lecture at a local art museum. I hope your birthday was a happy one!

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    4. I just realized after I hit 'publish post' that you actually asked about our 20th birthdays. I don't think mine was too unusual. I worked at the animal hospital and had dinner with my parents. My 21st was a little more memorable, which is why I mentioned it before. Oh well, happy birthday!

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    5. Thanks so much for sharing your perspective on this Eowyn. I really appreciated it because it's something that has been on my mind a lot lately. I think you're right, I should be happy that I know how to sew at least, make things a little bit easier at least. I'm worried that it's going to be super tough giving up the wardrobe that I've built thus far though because let's be honest, sewing takes up a ton of time and energy and all of a sudden not being able to wear my things is going to be soo tough. (All the more reason to not get married until I'm like 30 right? ;)
      But honestly at the same time I think it's a good lesson for me because I feel like it's slowly teaching me why modesty is important to ME and not just what I have been taught by my mom. Like for example I just finished this lace dress that is way lower in the back than would deem to be suitable for garments but that even aside, wearing it around has just made me realize how much more comfortable I am when I'm wearing something modest. Does that even make sense? Like I'm slowly learning that I personally prefer being modest and it's not just something that has been beaten into me. ha I don't know, I'm completely rambling, I apologize!! Point is, sewing is teaching me a weird lesson in modesty I think and I never would have expected that but I'm grateful for it.

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    6. And I officially win the award for the reply with the most information that you didn't even ask for! haha I'm so sorry, just feel free to skip over that entire thing.

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    7. No, don't feel sorry, it's an important conversation. Modesty is an interesting issue, and a personal one, and you're right, you just have to reach a level of comfort with what you wear that doesn't have to do with other people's expectations. You won't have to give up all your old clothes either--your could still wear your new, beautiful lace dress with the back that turned out too low with a sweater over it---garments hidden! modesty accomplished! Even some shorter dresses, if they have large hems, can be lengthened. The change might not be as big a shock as you think. And it's a small worthwhile sacrifice compared to knowing that you're sealed to the person that you love. Which will all happen in its own time. It's nice to understand your own relationship to modesty, though, before you decide to make lasting commitments to it. While I occasionally miss wearing shorts or skirts that were above my knee, most of the time I don't even think about it, and I definitely don't regret the promises I made. This is probably a longer answer than you wanted, either, but it's an interesting conversation, and not one I get to talk about with other people often. Thanks for your answer!

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  4. ps i celebrated my 20th birthday with my family and friends being chill (my birthday is christmas eve so i do the same thing every year haha)

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  5. oh, that was a long time ago!! I don't remember exactly, but I probably went out dancing or to see some live music most likely...you should at least get some friends together and go eat dessert at a fun restaurant :) I won't tell you how old I am but I have a big one coming up in a couple of years and we are going to Hawaii!

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    1. Now a night out dancing sounds like my kind of fun! That seriously sounds so fun, now I just need someone willing to go with me. I feel like none of my friends like to dance unfortunately, :( or at least not the ones I feel comfortable enough calling up and being like "yo, let's go celebrate my birthday!" haha, I love the dessert idea too though. There's some cute dessert cafe's in my town that I've been wanting to try out so maybe now I have the perfect opportunity to.

      Hawai!!?? Ok you officially beat my dancing/dessert idea. Fun!! Man, so jealous. What island will you be going to? I absolutely love Hawaii, my mom grew up there so we go back to Oahu every once in a while and it's just so amazing and beautiful there. Have you ever been or will this be your first time?

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    2. Hope you found someone willing to go dancing with you!! And ate some yummy dessert :) Now, Hawaii...that's one cool thing about getting older is you usually have more money to do those kind of things, I definitely wasn't able to do that in my twenties! I have been to Oahu, and I loved it...but I think this time I want to go to the Big Island, there's just so many different things to do there. I read somewhere that the big island of Hawaii has virtually every ecosystem on the planet, and I think that is pretty cool!

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  6. Wow she looks amazing in it and love her wedges too:) I'm not going to even tell you how old I'll be turning in October....ohhhh gddddd...

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    1. What like 21? Pshh girl please. Actually now that you say that I'm realizing that I don't even know how old you are. What the heck, how do I not know something so basic? Well going to FB stalk you now.. haha

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    2. Ok don't even! You are like not even that much older than me. I thought you were 23 actually, but that makes me feel a bit better because you've done so much with your life already so that at least makes me not feel like I'm not QUITE so behind. ha

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  7. HAPPY 20TH! Go skydiving. Seriously, that's what I want to do. Also, the skirt looks great! Love it with that green top. And working at J.Crew? Dream job!

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    1. I know right? I would work there for free I think. No I wouldn't but close, haha and skydiving! Girl I need your guts, I don't think I could do it!! Ahh it would be amazing though, that and paragliding, I've always wanted to try that too!

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  8. Happy 20th, Haylee!! I remember loving being out of my teens too, but I looked forward to 21 more...hehe. Have fun! Enjoy!

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    1. haha ya 20's kind of a boring birthday, because it's like voting and the legal adult age has already happned so there's no real new "perks" with this birthday. Guess that will make 21 all the better though! Except I don't drink so uhh, Vegas maybe? hahaha I really hope my mom doesn't read these comments.

      (Mom I'm kidding)

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  9. that skirt is so cute! happy birthday too! for my birthday i was pretty spoiled & actually spent it atop the eiffel tower... but anything you do will be perfect!

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    1. Ok what!? Yep you win, seriously Paris!? Talk about the best 20th birthday ever. Something tells me that even the best night out in Provo isn't going to top that. haha

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  10. I really like the skirt, but then again, I like everything you make.

    My 20th birthday was a quiet one: I had a nice day with my boyfriend and made everything I wanted to do in a long time: had a pick-nick in the park for breakfast, went to go swimming at the lake and had another pick-nick in another park for dinner. Perfect day.

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    1. Nina thank you so much! And ah you're 20th birthday sounds like a dream. peaceful and simple, seriously just my style.

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  11. Great skirt! Need to make myself something in brocade... That "not feeling old" thing never really goes away... But I guess it's ok. We mature but it also means we stay young at heart, right? I don't remember how I celebrated my 20th birthday. Bummer right? I'm pretty sure I partied, but I can't remember the details, haha I'm getting old. I remember my 21st though! I was an exchange student in Sweden (where I now live) and had the most amazing house party with all of my roommates, most of which I'm still good friends with today! Good times. Oh and happy birthday to you!

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    1. I was actually thinking about this the night I asked, how if someone were to ask me what I did for my birthday 5 years ago I wouldn't have even been able to answer it. haha so for one I'm super impressed with anyone who HAS been able to! But your 21st birthday sounded like so much fun, especially the Sweden part. Ahh so jealous, I wish I could go there.

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  12. Beautiful skirt!! I'm sure your cousin is honestly thrilled with it. Getting something handmade is ALWAYS better than getting something from a store! And happy soon-to-be birthday! 20 is very exciting!! Hmm... what did I do for my 20th...? Probably not much since I was an undergrad at the time. But a whole bunch of my family, including me, are all born around the same time so we usually do a big family birthday party.

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    2. Ah I can only hope so I guess, right? haha but thank you!! That's fun you guys all celebrate together though, that's actually how my family is too because we have a TON of birthdays in September, when is it that you guys have your birthdays?

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  13. I love that skirt! It looks great with that emerald tshirt she paired it with :) I'm biased, though... my nails are painted the exact same color right now, haha!

    Happy early birthday! I'm trying to remember what I did for my 20th... I was living in New Orleans at the time (this was in 2005, a few months before Katrina), so my gift was a plane ticket back to Nashville so I could spend it with my friends and family. I was living with my BFF (still BFF, actually!) at the time, and she flew back with me because her aunt was getting married that day. I attended the wedding with her and then we went out that night :) It was pretty perfect :) Hope yours is just as fun, if not better!

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    1. Wait so were you in New Orleans during Katrina too or no? Crazy if you were! And scary too, more scary than crazy. And I'm jealous you're from Nashville too by the way, that's somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I'm also jealous that you have emerald colored nail polish, ah girl if I had emerald nail polish you better believe my nails would be painted that color too. The $5 bottles on Amazon are looking mighty tempting.. :)

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  14. I recognize that skirt!!! ;) Happy Birthday, beautiful girl! I have the shoot tomorrow and will have the stuff in the mail very soon. Love you!

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    1. Thanks Lily!! I want to hear how the shoot went! And hello freaking gorgeous, those pictures you posted in Instagram yesterday are AMAZING, oh my gosh. Why can't I just wake up and be you please.

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  15. Awe. I LOVE my twenties. There's so much to look forward to! It could be much worse, you could be approaching 30, like me... THE HORROR! :-D Happy early birthday! Celebrate famously. The skirt is really pretty, and your cousin looks gorgeous in it.

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    1. No way! Have you ever seen 13 Going On 30? 30 is supposed to be Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving remember? :) No but if you haven't seen that movie you really need to, it's super cute. Thanks for the birthday wishes by the way Michelle, and happy early birthday to you!! When will you be turning 30?

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  16. Cannot remember what I did for my 20th. It was half a decade ago, so I think I can be forgiven for not remembering. ;)

    Nice job on the skirt! I know how you feel about sewing for others: I get nervous even thinking about one day having to give my handmade garments to Goodwill!

    Also, thank you for the comment on my first measly blog post!

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    1. Ya after asking this I started thinking myself how I couldn't even remember what I did for my 15th birthday let alone any longer than that! haha so fail there.
      Of course girly! I hope you'll continue to keep blogging about your projects, that Belladone of yours turned out absolutely gorgeously!

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  17. Hi Haylee. My mom told me about your blog and suggested I stop over to check it out. Glad I listened! I cannot believe you make all this..very impressive! I would love to..but I'm not too good when it comes to sewing. Well, no offense, but I would have to think your cousin is the lucky one!! Her skirt is beautiful...the fabric pattern is my favorite..and the style. YOU are amaaazing! And may I say, your story is so inspiring :)

    Happy Birthday to you. I know *exactly* how you feel. It is so weird to not be a teen anymore :o ...I feel like I'm still sixteen at heart though ;) But I hope you have an amazing weekend.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. Wow Tammy I am so incredibly flattered by your comment. This really meant a lot to me, especially coming from you considering that your blog is AMAZING and you really are the talented one. I love all the pretty and ethereal pictures you post, and you better believe I'm going to be subscribing because I think I found like 5 different sewing project ideas from looking at your blog. haha thanks for saying hi Tammy and for stopping by in the first place, I'm really glad to have met you as a new blog friend!

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  18. Hey, girl! The skirt is cute cute CUTE-- I'm sure your cousin is THRILLED! I sure would be. :)

    I feel so old saying this, but I'm a little foggy on what I was doing on my 20th birthday! I was in undergrad in California, and I'm pretty sure my then-boyfriend/now-husband flew in to visit from NYC and we went to dinner with my roommates and neighbors. If I'm remembering the right birthday, it was pouring rain (in southern CA!). I do remember feeling old to be leaving my teens behind. :)

    Happy birthday, girl! I hope you're having a wonderful day!

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    1. That sounds like such a fun birthday! Where did you go to school in California? Man I wish I was doing that, ha that sounds like a dream.
      Thanks so much Sonja! It was a good birthday, I worked but my coworkers made it SO good and I couldn't have asked for anything better. :)

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  19. Ah Haylee you're too sweet! Its my favorite piece in my closet! Happy Birthday!! Xo

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    1. Thank you Kahana! And I meant every word :) thanks so much again and I hope you had a fun time in Powell!

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  20. Happy birthday Hailey!
    I know that feeling too well, I often think the pieces I make are inadequate, or find the smallest imperfections. But other people don't really notice. So don't worry! :)

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    1. Thanks Maria! And man I can only hope so, I feel like that's probably true though because when I wear something I've made after not wearing it for a long time, I tend to forget the imperfections too. You know? So I'm going to at least keep telling myself that that's true for other people too. :)

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    2. I'm sorry for totally misspelling your name!

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    3. haha no worries! There's about a bajillion ways to spell it so I don't expect you to know. :)

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  21. I know exactly how you feel. I just celebrated the big 25 (eek) and I feel MUCH older than I did at 23. There's something crazy about the milestone birthdays that really gets in your head! Honestly, I think my 20th birthday was pretty low-key. I wasn't old enough to go out to bars or clubs or anything, so I think it was my last "family party." I hung out at the beach, went to a nice dinner, and ate lots of cake!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    ps Someone wise who I don't remember right now once said something along the lines of "I don't mind getting older, it's much better than the alternative!" So yay for being old!

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    1. haha I love that! Very true, I'd much rather be 20 than say, 12 or some awful birthday like that. haha, (well I guess I should say awful for me at least, really didn't like my middle school years. :) Anyways, thanks so much Ashley!

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  22. Dear Haylee, I hope you had a wonderful and blessed birthday. You did a wonderful job on your cousin's skirt...she looks beautiful! Blessings dear, Catherine xo

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  23. oh of course gummies with my froyo are a must! :)
    and happy birthday to you miss talented beautiful girl!!!
    i hope you have the best birthday <3
    and btw, the previous post to this is amazing!! that dress! holy cow girl, you are my hero. for reals :)

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    1. Ahh Marsa thank you! That's really sweet of you to say and means a lot, thanks beautiful girl.

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  24. So pretty- of course, how could it be anything but pretty if you made it? I NEED you to start selling your stuff! :)

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    1. Ok Jillian, YOU are so freaking sweet in case you didn't know. Trust me I would be more than honored to have you wear anything of mine anytime.

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  25. Haylee,

    I need a skirt like this one for my best friends wedding in January. My outfit needs to be ivory, gold, and blush. I sewed when I was younger, and recently got my very own sewing machine for my birthday! I know I need to start and practice on something more simple, but do you know where I can find fabric like this-besides Mood? I'm so worried about pleats and everything! Do you have a tutorial? Please help:) Thanks!

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    1. Hey Rylee! Yes I would definitely recommend Melissa Esplin's tutorial that I used for this skirt. http://melissaesplin.com/2013/04/tutorial-kate-spade-inspired-skirt/

      It's a super simple tutorial so don't be nervous, you'll be able to do it for sure! Fabric-wise, hm, are you looking to find something local? Honestly I buy like 90% of my fabric online so I'm not great when it comes to suggestions for outsourcing Utah fabrics. But a quick google search of something like "cream white brocade" or "damask off-white brocade fabric" should be able to get you some results. Fun you're going to make a skirt, I hope you'll post the finishing result so I can see a picture! And if you have any further questions definitely don't hesitate to ask. :) Good luck girl!

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  26. I like your bag, I think it looks generous.
    http://www.eozy.com/women-s-bags

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