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February 4, 2013

Miss Me?

ImageImageImageImageImageDid you miss Me?

Because I have certainly missed you!

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me these past few months. It meant so much to me to hear from you! I know I’ve dropped the ball on getting back to many of you and I hope you’ll accept my sincere apologies! Life was so hectic that I had to let go of something and, sadly, that was sewing and blogging. This weekend was the first time in months that I’ve touched my sewing machine and it felt amazing to be back at it!

Pattern: No.5 One-Piece Petal Miniskirt from Drape Drape 2

Fabric: Jersey from Hart’s Fabric (sadly, all sold out) – made in Canada!

Notions: 3 inch wide heavy stretch elastic

Time to Complete: maybe 5 hours – I struggled lining the pieces up which delayed completion

Notes:

I was so excited when Laurence King contacted me wondering if I was interested in receiving a copy of Drape Drape 2. They have published my favorite English translated Japanese sewing books. I am constantly looking through my copies from the Pattern Magic series for inspiration and you may remember my hot pink dress from Drape Drape 1. While I absolutely love Drape Drape 1, the previews of Drape Drape 2 seemed far more “wearable”.

I decided for my first make that I’d try out the One-Piece Petal Miniskirt. Actually made from two pieces that overlap each other and then wrap around the body, I thought from the diagrams that the construction was fairly simple. It was, however, deceptive and I spent most of the time ripping out the waistline and realigning the two pieces. If you attempt to make this, I would recommend marking well and labeling the markings so that you don’t forget where the front, back, sides, and center are. I tend to think that I’m far too clever for markings and then I hate myself half way through the project. Don’t be me.

If you’re planning on making this, don’t be afraid to get a very drapey knit. The drape is a must if you want the skirt to flatter the hips. The fabric I purchased has some drape but not nearly enough and the gathers lift rather than fall creating a lot more volume. While I like this effect, I do regret not making the skirt in a patterned fabric or a bright color. This grey is beautiful with a lovely textured striping throughout but the skirt’s volume keeps me from wearing something bold or bright on the top. I’m afraid with my height that it just wouldn’t work but I’ll keep experimenting and hopefully prove myself wrong.

It’s so lovely to be back! I have some projects that I didn’t post about last fall and then several in the works right now. I can’t wait to share them with you!

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