Skirt Flirt

I’ve been at it again. Making skirts, that is. They’re just so darn easy! Fast, too. I think these three took me no more than two hours — and that included drafting the pattern.

Casey Scroll skirtRobert Kaufman skirt

I used Sew What Skirts to guide me on the pattern drafting. I’ve drafted A-line skirts before but thought I’d take advantage of some professional advice. I’m happy with the results and even wore one yesterday as my oldest and I toured a college campus. (Totally made my day when a random passerby complimented it, too!)

Today I’ve been lounging around in my new tee. I love it! I bought it from Moxie Madness on Etsy; she was kind enough to list one in the size and color I wanted. I think I’m going to make a cute pair of capris to go with it, since the weather is warming up enough that jeans will soon be uncomfortable.

I’ll be taking a bit of a blog break the next few days as spring break comes to a close, but be sure to catch up with me next week. I have some BIG news to share!

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Spring Sewing

Before launching into today’s topic, I’ll just touch on yesterday’s photo. Yes, the evil sock pile. I don’t match socks pretty much ever. I do so many of the chores (not that I’m complaining) and figure one of the tasks I truly despise can be done by someone else (the other is cleaning the bathroom; I’m still stuck with it). Since no one else likes to do it, we usually just end up pulling our socks out of the sock basket. Yeah, an entire laundry basket devoted to socks because we’re too lazy to match them and put them away. I pity my future daughters/son in law!

Moving on.

After Monday night’s dress fiasco, I woke up Tuesday morning without a sewing plan. It’s a strange feeling. I had a couple of customs to work on but am waiting on measurements for one and the fabric for the other was in the wash (it was slated for sewing today). I pulled out my Patternease and fabric, and went to town drafting an idea I’ve been stewing on.

It’s a sweet little two-piece set, a halter top and matching cropped pants. I really found a lot of inspiration in the fabric, to be totally honest. It just looked like something you’d wear on a warm, sunny day of lunch alfresco and a walk at the park.

The color is a little off in the pictures. The background of the two main fabrics is more pink, kind of like a pink lemonade. I really fell in love with the sort of Euro-style floral print and then when I found the coordinate — especially that groovy dotted swirl — I had to snatch them up immediately.

I always get a little nervous when I’m drafting a pattern but just held my breath and trusted my instincts that everything would come together the way I envisioned it.  The true test is always trying it on Miss L, and I was thrilled to see that it was a perfect fit. She, however, was far more interested in wearing something else and going outside to play. Of course! I had to bribe her to take this pictures by promising she could wear her new Target flip flops. Not sure how well they match the outfit but I’m not complaining.

I had a little bit of fabric left over, so I did add one of these to my Etsy.

Lazy Sunday

Honey headed into the office today so it’s been just me and the babies. Yes, I still refer to all of them as “babies” even though the older two have towered over me for years. Secretly, I think they like it; after all, they sometimes still call me “Mommy.”

Since conditions were right (a second camera operator) and the sun was actually out, I had J take a picture of me wearing my latest sewing-for-me project. These are the “muslin” I made for my first crack at Favorite Things‘ new Smarty Pants pattern. I did not hem them because I do not intend to wear them out of the house. Or likely ever. Nothing says “I have a big butt” like this fabric print. Why did I buy it? I have no clue. All I know is that I had enough of it to try this pattern without making some sort of hodgepodge clown pants because I had to use two or three fabrics.

But I digress.

I know capri pants are some big fashion no-no according to all those makeover shows but I don’t care. They are comfortable and hide my thighs, and they’re a bit cooler than jeans or long pants during the summer. (It’s not called “Hotlanta” for nothing.)

The pattern also makes Bermuda shorts and there are options for pockets and belt loops but I haven’t tried them out yet. And I’m not sure I will, since that style of pockets draws attention to my hips, which I’d prefer received a little less attention.

This is actually a pretty easy pants pattern. I highly recommend covering up the sizes and looking solely at the measurements to determine the best fit. Go by just your size and you may be disappointed. I know I would have been. Maybe “depressed” would be a better word.

Moving on.

The pants are only six pieces, which sounds like a lot but it’s not. Two front leg pieces. Two back leg pieces. Two pieces for the waistband. The waistband is two pieces because the back band forms a casing in which you insert elastic to fit the waist. The flat front waistband is a flattering look, and I like that the back fits closely so I don’t have to worry about someone seeing my Hanes Her Way.

Because these are a muslin, I didn’t do any serging of seams which did cut down the sewing time. Still, I made these pants from start to finish (cutting, pinning, sewing, fitting) in just a couple of hours. I think future iterations will be faster, especially because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the assembly of the waistband. This is no fault of the pattern instructions; I’m just a hands-on learner and sometimes have to read the directions a few times, then practice with the fabric to get it down.

Favorite Things also makes these in a Little Smarty Pants version (which I also own) and I expect them to be a cornerstone of Miss L’s spring and summer wardrobe if they sew up as easily as I expect.

In other news, I added these Mommy & Me aprons to my Etsy today. I’m still loving the Heather Bailey Fresh Cut fabrics, accented here with a little Robert Kaufman floral plus a touch of grosgrain ribbon. I had originally planned to do the ruffle a little differently but I’m happy with how these turned out.

We had fun with our little photo shoot. I think L expected to keep wearing her apron as she played, since she dragged my mixing bowl and spoon into the living room. Sorry, kiddo!

Etsy Love

I could spend all day browsing the wares at Etsy. It’s the ultimate in boutique handmade shopping. I’ve been spending even more time there this week after opening my own little Etsy shop. There’s so much I want to buy!

I’m completely in love with this bag. Those “beads” are so lovely! (And Lisa is super sweet, to boot.) The fabric on this dress works so well with the pattern (the headscarf is the perfect touch). I love reading Missy’s blog and seeing these cute little bears come to life. I just adore the softies here, so whimsical! Don’t you want to just eat up this shirt from Jen? I love the purse like this that Jessi sent me for a swap and I’m digging her latest design, too. Katie‘s got another winner with this great bag. I want one of these in my size! Speaking of my size … I must own this. I would wear it every day. OK, maybe not every day. But at least once a week.