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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66 Comments to “Miss Me?”

  1. Welcome back to sewing and to blogging! I hope life continues to allow you time to be creative–I’ve learned a lot about combining colors and garment shapes from your seasonal challenges.

  2. Yes, I did! I had hoped everything was ok and that you would be back. Great skirt, and seems like just the right kind of project to start up with.

  3. YAY! Welcome back Lizz! I do love your new skirt too. :)

  4. Oh I’m so glad you’re back! I was wondering what happened to you and was hoping to see one of your projects again – love the skirt!

  5. I DID miss you! I’ve been thinking about sending you a note just to say hi, so I was really glad to see your post this morning! Glad to see that you are well, but sorry to hear that you haven’t had much time to sew lately. I hope things start to slow down for you a little :-) If you want them to, that is!

  6. Welcome back! Great skirt – perfect colour for a striking top I would have thought.

  7. Really pretty skirt and looks like a great basic with a twist!

  8. Totally missed you and glad you’re back! I think the plaid top goes well with the skirt. Looking forward to seeing your other makes Lizz :)

  9. Welcome back Lizz! Just two days ago I was thinking about your and your wonderful makes. Your new skirt looks awesome – can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in the works.

  10. aaah i was literally opening my gadget to find your email address! welcome back, lovely lizz. you’ve been much missed.

  11. So happy to see you blogging and sewing again! The skirt is great; I just made the no.4 top from the book and love it (though the neckline needs to be raised quite a bit). There are so many great patterns in that book, I hope you make some more. Drape Drape 3′s English version is supposed to come out this spring, can’t wait!

  12. Eeek! I’m so excited that you’re back! I hope that everything is okay and that your schedule allows for more frequent postings.

    The skirt is awesome. I’ve heard so much about Drape Drape books but haven’t made anything from it yet.

  13. Really happy to see that you’re back and looking forward to reading your posts!

  14. I found you via the Independent Pattern Designers list, I’m a recent follower, and I’m glad you are back giving us more of the good stuff!

  15. I was wondering where you had been and here you are with a cute new skirt :)

  16. Loving your skirt. Welcome back!

  17. Welcome back! Can’t wait to see what you’re sewing up next!

  18. Good to see you again! Love the skirt too.

  19. Glad to see you back, was just thinking about you recently

  20. Welcome back! You were missed!

  21. Hello again! Great to see you back online.

  22. I certainly missed you :) I’ve still got that fabulous multi coloured zip and self drafted shift dress of yours emblazoned into my memory! Lovely to have you back, and a pretty cool creation to boot :)

  23. Glad to see you back! This looks great on you!

  24. Hey Liz – glad to see you back to and having ‘already’ made a cute skirt. Happy New Year :-)

  25. Love the skirt. And welcome back.

  26. Yes. You have been greatly missed. Can’t wait to see what more you have to share and create!

  27. Yay!! You’re back! We did miss you! And it looks like you’re already up to your old shenanigans – this skirt is super cute and wearable. The photos are lovely too.

  28. Good to se you back~! Looking forward to see more sewing projects ^^ Hope you are back to the sewing and blogging routine :)

  29. YAYYYYYYYYY!!! So glad to see you back, Lizz!! ^___^ Love the skirt, and happy to hear life has been keeping you busy and looking as radiant as ever :) xoxo

  30. Welcome back, babe!! Fantastic skirt!! Can’t wait to see more!

  31. I love this weblog, will definitely come back again. Please proceed writing high quality articles.

  32. yay you’re back!! and cute cute skirt!

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