Watercolor floral skirt

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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I don't know how else to describe these pictures except maybe just totally worked. ha to be fair though, I haven't been sleeping so I'm giving myself the benefit of the doubt on this one. But k so this skirt, guys this skirt! It turned out so much better than I thought it would, it was definitely an experiment in more ways than one so I was not expecting that.

Experiment #1, working with this fabric. Man I was up and down about this fabric. One day I loved it, the next day I thought it was too attention-seeking, the next, well you get the deal. Fortunately the end result I LOVE. I guess it was just one of those fabrics that makes you second guess yourself, but works well for finished garments. 

Marc Jacobs silk fabric from Mood photo MarcJacobsFloralSilkskirtpocketclose-up_zps4bb07dc6.jpg
*it doesn't normally peek up in the center just for the record. I think it's because I'm pulling down on the pockets. 

Experiment #2, kangaroo pockets. Which, to be fair aren't really called that but I feel like they look like a little kangaroo pouch. ha, I've never made pockets like this before, they were drafted into the actual front pattern piece instead of sewn into the side seams. They were essentially like darts on the front of the pattern! So weird. And sure at first I thought it would be no thing but then I woke up to reality and realized I was using a Burda Style pattern. Why do I do this to myself! I swear they have a way of making even the simplest of steps the most. complicated. thing. ever.

Marc Jacobs silk fabric from Mood photo MarcJacobsFloralSilkfacecutoff_zps6d7a5142.jpg

Experiment #3, churning out a lining on a whim. This fabric is really lightweight yet stiff, and I felt like a lining would make it flow better. Only problem is that the pattern doesn't come with a lining, and I was worried about drafting one with the whole pocket situation. Well the awesome thing about linings is that no one sees them! So it doesn't even matter that I may have done half of it inside out. And luckily this one turned out great. haha

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Also, Am I allowed to say that I like how this skirt makes my booty look? haha, because I'm so going there. I think it has something to do with the darts in the back that I may have accidentally made too prominent. Yay for mistakes that work in your favor!


Fabric: Oscar de la Renta Silk from Mood
Pattern: Burda Style Flared Skirt pattern


So now I want to hear, what's something you've experimented with lately? (Both in sewing and in not. Changed up your daily routine? Tried a new food? Anything!)

Also, just because I'm desperate, any tips for the raging insomniac? I mean, Netflix is great and all but there's only so many episodes of Breaking Bad you can watch. 

Make Your Own: Madewell Drop-Waist Floral Dress

Monday, September 9, 2013

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For the pattern, I love the buttons down Simplicity 9596 but if that's not what you're going for, there's also Butterick 5672, or McCall's 2310. Fabric-wise, I loved this abstract floral print from Liberty Fabrics as well as this fabric with a little bit more of a subtle floral.   
Happy Sewing!

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