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.
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!
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.
Yet (best of all?) it's surprisingly lightweight and incredibly soft. Imagine a favorite, oft-worn button down.
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.
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!ReplyDelete
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:)ReplyDelete
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. ;)Delete
i hope your vacation to NYC was fabulous!
Mmmm. Shot cotton. So so yummy. I've been groping it every time I go into the fabric store. One of these days ...ReplyDelete
you won't regret it. it really is amazing stuff!Delete
Beautiful skirt, I wondered about the "fullness'. Clever you to get so much twirl in one little lazy days skirt!ReplyDelete
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! :)Delete
Totally agree about the shot. LOVE. IT!!!ReplyDelete
gorgeous! shot cotton is just so dreamy. and i love the fullness!ReplyDelete
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. ;-)ReplyDelete
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!Delete