I’m back! I spent the past few days working working working on SO many goodies, I can’t wait to show y’all everything! Check out my facebook page for a couple of quickie snaps of April’s Hack- 40′s Charm.
But first- This week’s Sew Weekly Challenge is “Circle Skirts.” I haven’t been religious about the challenges (last week’s completely bombed, I’ll have another crack at it soon) but I’m trying to be better.
The thing is, I was a little stumped about what to do for “Circle Skirts.” Don’t get me wrong, I love a good circle skirt- and that’s part of the problem. I don’t really need/want another regular circle skirt in my wardrobe.
I want to use this melted-cotton-candy pink poplin I mistakenly bought for Megan’s Vendetta and this licorice red satin binding. I’ve been attracted to pinks and reds, aquas and blues with flecks of white all summer, and that’s what I’ve sewn to the exclusion of almost any other color. Why not keep going?
But how to combine them in a fun, “different” way?
I don’t know what’s come over me, but I’m really into short full skirts lately. I don’t have one, that might be it. This is a little shorter than I’d wear, and the terms of the challenge make it clear we don’t use gathers or pleats but I like it.
One of the best things about circle skirts is the relatively simple cut leaves the door open for some cute, or pretty, or deliciously kitschy embellishment. I’ve long loved this design, but it’s not quite right for my candy colors.
My stars- speaking of embellishment, I really love this trailing botanical felt applique. Maybe not for this project, but wow it’s pretty!
I saw this applique and stopped short. I love it! I might not use so many birds, or such a big cage, but I find I’m really attracted to this concept.
And if I’m careful, I can finally finally use this rouleau pocket tutorial I have had earmarked since Sarai published it! A birdcage rouleau pocket! Yes!
And a simple, modern bird silhouette? Or is that going too far?
I haven’t completely decided what to make of this challenge, but I still have a few hours to let the fabric talk. We’ll see what comes out!
Patty The Snugbug has a great circle skirt calculator.
Check out Casey’s Circle Skirt sewalong for some great circle skirt tips.
The Sisters of Edwardia blouse is very, very close to completion. I’m planning to send out test versions of sizes 30, 45-55 later this evening. Since the vast majority of the demand is for sizes 35-40 and I’m completely happy with those sizes, I will release them in the next day or so while the other sizes are in testing. The blouse is simple enough, but definitely more involved than my other patterns, so it took a while to complete. Thank you so much for keeping me motivated! I’m pretty pleased with the work I’ve done so far. If you’d like to receive a notification when the pattern is published, just let me know.