Monday, April 9, 2012

Something new, times two.

I spent the day with Sergio and Ken yesterday, and came away with two new skirts!

The first is one I'd started earlier in the week, Simplicity 2314.  A very simple, four-panel flared skirt with lapped side zipper.  I bought the pattern in the fall with a specific purpose in mind.  Ever since 1997, I've wanted to recreate this outfit from Rowan 22:


I just love everything about it:  the sweater (which of course is a Kim Hargreaves design), the skirt, the tights and sandals, the scarf, the beret.  But fall and winter passed, and I never got around to it.

Last month I was doing a little online fabric shopping and saw this Anna Maria Horner fabric.  I got fooled by my monitor into thinking it would be a good match for my Winnie sweater.  I was wrong.  But I do love the fabric.  And I'm pleasantly surprised by the fit of the skirt.


The pattern is a "Learn to Sew" pattern, and it actually took me a while to make - there were too many directions!  I know, that's the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it?  Anyway, this is a straight size 12.  It sits on my natural waist and fits everywhere!  All four vertical seams are perfectly straight, and my hips are not, so I wasn't sure it would work for me.

Trying to show you the side zip.

Once I finished that one up, I made yet another Ginger skirt - this time in a coral pink that's almost the same as my kimono dress.  I told you I love this color!  It goes with SO many tops I have, some of which I haven't been able to wear for a long time for lack of a bottom piece.  I tried a bunch of them on yesterday with the skirt, and Hubby was doing a little critique of which pieces he thought went best.  Too precious!


Did anybody else do any crafting over the weekend?  We don't celebrate Easter or Passover, but we did have a very lovely day outside in the beautiful spring weather on Saturday.  And I got my weekly banh mi!

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  1. No crafting for me, just shopping and museum hopping. But I am looking forward to getting some sewing started and seeing about starting on your knit along.

    Love the coral Ginger! Such a pretty color. I wore it a lot last summer and I will again this summer.

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    1. But your shopping was craft-related! I've seen a post or two from the group already today. Looks like a blast!

      I can imagine this coral color looks great on you!

      I changed my mind about my yarn for the knit along - just got back from the store with some yellow!

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    2. Yellow will be so cute! A perfect color for a nice spring sweater. :)

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    3. I'm already planning an outfit involving the yellow sweater, the pink coral skirt, and a lovely blouse I got from Anthro yeeeeears ago!

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  2. Butterberry, gotta love that name. Great fabric. Wonderful skirt, Gail.

    Yes, I knit during a relaxed afternoon yesterday after having a meal out with younger daughter.

    hugs

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    1. That sounds like a great day! I didn't do as much knitting as I wanted, but I was able to do some :-)

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  3. Love the colour you paired the first skirt with. It's such a lovely print too! And yay for pink! That is a gorgeous shade. You have been so productive!

    I had a great easter, spending it with my husband.
    No sewing for me, but I did manage to retrace my Renfrew with some sizing changes that will help the next one fit better (hopefully)

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    1. I think pattern tracing counts as sewing. It's one of the parts of sewing I really enjoy! I need to get busy and make a Renfrew :-)

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  4. It's cute Gail!
    I always make sure there is knitting in my day, each and every day!
    Oh, saw your comment on Gerry's blog...besides the watering make sure your violets are getting plenty of sunlight, mine always did better with morning light. :)

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    1. I also used to knit every single day - until sewing came back into my life!

      Thanks for the tip on the violets - mine are in a west-facing window, so that's probably why they aren't blooming!

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  5. I love both of these skirts-- of course I love the Ginger, and in coral, even better! Plus, the other skirt is such a nice shape-- it looks great on you! We celebrated Easter by hosting a large group of friends, so I spent most of the day Saturday grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking, then Sunday I had tons of cleaning up to do after everyone left. After a crazy day at work yesterday, I was so tired that I couldn't move! So I'm hoping to do lots of sewing this week!

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    1. Sounds like a fun weekend, even if it was a lot of work! I like having dinner parties; I guess it's the Italian in me - I always want to feed everybody!

      I hope you get to do at least some sewing this week!

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  6. Beautiful skirts as always, especially the print. I love your KAL series. Even though I'm not knitting along, I always like to see how others think through the process.

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