Friday, March 23, 2012

Sprung into Spring

With this:
and this:
The first image is obviously newly blooming poppies in my garden and the second? Newly sewn spring skirts on my line. Both the poppies and the skirts have definitely benefited from this not being their first go around in my little world.
The poppies have returned for probably the fourth year and this year, the plants are especially tall and lush and as verdant as grey leafed plants can be. They've definitely benefited from the copious amount of rain we've had this winter.
The skirts too have seen a previous season. Not these specifically, but the pattern has been on my cutting table before.
With this version I modified the pattern to take out some of the ease in the hip. I'm a little person and I don't need or frankly want over 4" of ease around my hips. I also shortened the length a bit. Again, refer to that little person comment. And I crafted an invisible waistband. I like the sleekness of that versus a waistband that is visible beyond the top edge of the skirt. Add in darts and you've got a super-cute close, fitting skirt.
I made the one on the right out of Lotta Jansdotter's Echo fabric and the one on the left(which I'm wearing as I type this) out of a line of fabric that Denyse Schmidt designs for Joann's fabric. Who knew that Denyse had a line at Joann's? Is this a really well kept secret or should I move out from under that rock I've obviously been living under? The quality of the fabric seems very nice and the prints, not surprisingly, feel simultaneously contemporary and vintagey, just like Denyse's other lines for Free Spirit.
Even with sewing in darts and an invisible zipper, this skirt comes together very quickly, so I'm thinking I have to make at least one in my own, a stitch in color, fabric.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

very big rock :)

erin said...

Love the skirts! Can you also make us a pattern???? Please???? Thanks, erin

house on hill road said...

cute skirts! i'd love to see one in your fabric!

koubkovi said...

Very nice skirts. They look, as if even I could make them. Where could I get a pattern like yours?

MG said...

That must be a very big rock. DS has had three (or it it four?) fabric lines at Jo-Ann's.

Esch House Quilts said...

Such cute skirts, and, yes, one from your fabric would be fantastic! Please share :)

Katie said...

What a beautiful poppy! How lucky you are to have them in your garden!

Stephie said...

The poppy and your skirts - both really inspiring! Wish it felt a bit more like spring here though...it's so changeable, one minute it's like mid summer and the next mid winter - I never know what to wear!!

Anonymous said...

These look like great summer skirts. What pattern did you use? It sounds like we all are dying to make them