6.12.2013

Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt in Shot Cotton

While my niece was staying with us, my creative energy was channeled differently than it usually is.  We had lots of long conversations.  I made calendula salve. The salve works wonders at taking the itch out of mosquito bites - definitely needed by us right now!  We also started prepping my belly cast to be painted - and then had a mishap with using too much gesso.  Oops!  (Moral of that story: If you're prepping a belly cast, go easy on the gesso.)  ;)

Whenever I take some time away from sewing, no matter how much fun I'm having, I realize just how much I've missed it.  So, when our house was quiet for the first time in a long while, I headed straight for my sewing machine.  (It also got my mind off the goodbyes, at least a little.)  I decided to start with the Lazy Days skirt.  It's a short, satisfying sew just right for my first day back.

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I had read about the awesomeness of shot cotton around the sewing blogosphere but I didn't exactly get the hype.  Online, it looked to me like an ordinary solid.

But, oh it is not!
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It's nearly impossible to see just how beautiful shot cotton is from the screen.  In your hands, wow, it's amazing.  It looks as though it has so much texture, similar to a linen perhaps, and there are various subtle shades of color that make up the solid.

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Yet (best of all?) it's surprisingly lightweight and incredibly soft.  Imagine a favorite, oft-worn button down.

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Here's my attempt to capture the detail of shot cotton via a close up photo.  This does not do the material justice and I just could not get this color right!  (I used Kaffe Fasset in Clementine and Jessica Jones ribbon in Retro Flowers.)

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This pattern is written to fit across a pretty wide age range.  Given Indigo is 6, instead of creating the skirt from one panel of fabric cut selvage to selvage (like I did when she was 2), I cut two panels, selvage to selvage.  This gave the skirt a lot of fullness.  I wondered whether it would be too full for the elastic but it wasn't. 

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It twirls like a circle skirt which only makes it more appealing to my girl who loves to dance and twirl.  Another great experience with the Lazy Days skirt!

11 comments:

  1. Agree with your description of shot cotton - it's a pretty perfect garment material, especially for kids...it does wrinkle quite a bit, but I bet the ribbon hem helps with that. Love this skirt and glad you're back to sewing!

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  2. I too am a recent fan on shot cotton! Can't find anything even close to it here in my town (when I ask at the store, they look at me blankly), so had to wait till I was on vacation in NYC and found some there. It truly is wonderful, and your skirt does it full justice! Looks great with the ribbon as well:)

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    1. oh, i can relate. we don't have any great local fabric shops. :( i have to buy almost all of my fabrics online. l've had a few surprises when it comes to scale! :0 but usually it works out okay. ;)

      i hope your vacation to NYC was fabulous!

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  3. Mmmm. Shot cotton. So so yummy. I've been groping it every time I go into the fabric store. One of these days ...

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    1. you won't regret it. it really is amazing stuff!

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  4. Beautiful skirt, I wondered about the "fullness'. Clever you to get so much twirl in one little lazy days skirt!

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    1. when i saw how small the elastic piece was and how many inches there were to gather (88!), i wondered how it was going to work! but it did and it was a million times easier than gathering! whew! :)

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  5. Totally agree about the shot. LOVE. IT!!!

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  6. gorgeous! shot cotton is just so dreamy. and i love the fullness!

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  7. I want the grown-up version of this skirt! And the one from your later post (June 17--BTW, Evie's hair looks super cute in that one!). Umm... I had to look up gesso. ;-)

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    1. regarding evie's hair - that was all dan! he's a hair rockstar. it looks like a heart in the back! he's quite creative!

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