5/31/09

Skirting on the Edge with New Look 6896

I was inspired by Shannon @ Hungry Zombie Couture after reading her posts on her favorite TnT pattern - Simplicity 4599. She has made several versions and every single one is gorgeous. I used New Look 6896, which consists of Misses pants and skirts. I'd actually purchased the pattern for the pants, but Shannon's skirt aura caused me to try the skirt. The pattern is a piece of cake and will say this is the first time I was able to add a yoke without any problems, the zipper went in effortlessly too and added a lining. The fabric is from Joann, a 100% cotton in a lovely print of bold wavy lines. A few weeks ago I totally indulged myself at Joann's since the fabrics were 40% off and purchased 10 yards of cotton fabric in increments of 2 yards each in a variety of prints.


Here are some construction shots (I need to add hook & eye)










Here is the second skirt, more fabric from the batch I'd purchased from JoAnn in a lovely kiwi with circles outlined in brown & beige.

All that's needed are tops to pair with the skirts, I knew I had some fabric in my stash and went in search of brown and beige fabrics to make tops for the skirts. This is what I had to pull out in order to find them and that's just a pic of one couch. Attttttt Lassssssst (Etta James is crooning in my ears) I found the fabrics and at that moment realized I needed to organize my bulging fabric stash before I could resume sewing anything. For two hours I sifted and sorted and was really surprised when family members proceeded to help and in the process putting claim to selected fabrics for themselves...lol

Now everything is properly placed in bins and I softly closed the door and smiled.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know:

What do you usually sew?

When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy?

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?

Are you a pre-washer?

How do you sort your fabric?

Do you have any special folding techniques?

Do you have favorite stash-busting projects?

Do you have a favorite print in your stash?

19 comments:

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Beautiful skirts! I love them both :)

Faye Lewis said...

The skirts are lovely, don't you just love cotton for the summer. I'll come back to answer your sewing questions.

Shannon said...

I love those skirts! I hadn't noticed this pattern before, but now I will certainly have a closer look at it.

Sue said...

Those skirts look lovely and I bet will look great on... and yes cotton is great for Summer. you will love wearing these!

Opal said...

Your skirts are just beautiful...

Adrienne said...

Great skirts! Love the first one!!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know:
What do you usually sew? I think I sew a little of everything. I LOVE dresses so I make a lot of those. I'm about to start on some pants and shorts.


When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? If I know what i'm going to make, I only get what I need. If I have no idea what it will be then I get 3 yards. A little more if its 45 wide.

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?Both. If I see something pretty I'll grab it. Chances are if you like it and leave it, when you go back it won't be there. Ask me how I know lol.

Are you a pre-washer? YES!! I prewash ALL my fabric. I don't often dry it in the dryer though, UNLESS it's something that I know will shrink.

How do you sort your fabric? Right now it's kinda all just 'folded up on the shelf' but I know where everything is. I do have a shelf just for knits lol.

Do you have any special folding techniques? Nope.

Great questions!
Do you have favorite stash-busting projects?
Do you have a favorite print in your stash?

Deborah said...

I just bought a skirt with the same shape for $89 bucks to wear to my son's upcoming graduation. Your version is so much nicer!

gold said...

Cute skirts!!

What do you usually sew?
Dresses

When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy?
If I see some fabric I like and have no idea what I am making I get 4 yards of it.

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need? both


Are you a pre-washer?
yes

How do you sort your fabric?
I don't

Do you have any special folding techniques?
No!LOL

Do you have favorite stash-busting projects? No


Do you have a favorite print in your stash?Yes

Cas... said...

Very nice skirts. I want one of each for myself. LOL!

Since I'm not actually sewing I won't bother to answer the questions. LOL!

Sheila said...

Thank You and also for your responses.

I am wearing the 1st skirt today and paired it with a rtw cream top. Of course, I've managed to get a make-up stain smack dead in the middle of my top and will be running over to the loft to see if I can find a top to go with it. If not, I will be a mad woman for the rest of the day...lol

Susan said...

I saw your skirt on PR, but had to get the additional details (and skirt) from your blog. Thanks for all of the extra picks of the inside. It looks great. I really should line more of my stuff. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelroc said...

Great Skits. I'm loving the wavy skirt.

Cennetta said...

Both skirt are super cute. As for the growing mounds of fabric..., you are not alone. lol

What I usually sew: Lately mostly dresses. But I do sew a little bit of everything: from curtains to purses to fashion apparel.

What size cut of fabric: If I know what I'm planning to make out of it, I get pants and jackets 2 1/2 yds, dress 3 1/2 yds, tops 1 1/2 yds (60" wide fab). For 45 inch wide 1 yd or so more per item. If I don't know, I usually get 4 yds.

Shop impulse or need: Both.

Pre-washer: About half and half. It depends on the fabric and how I will care for it once the garment is finished.

Sort fabric: Yes. I have a lot of it. It's the only way I can keep up with what I have.

Folding technique: No, not really. But velvet pieces are hung on a skirt hanger and placed in the closet.

No to the final to questions.

Thanks,
Cennetta

Lesalicious said...

Love the skirt very cute great job

Tany said...

Both skirts are gorgeous!

lynda said...

Ms. Sheila, I reaaly love the wavy blue, brown and green fabric from Joann...I looked online for it and I cant find it...is it a quiling fabric??Thanks

Sheila said...

@ Lynda: You are correct in that the fabric is quilting. I purchased the fabric during one of Joann's 40% of cotton sales.

lynda said...

Thanks, Sheila...I bought 4 yards of it today and also picked up the same fabric in the pink, green and brown colorway...More maxi dresses to follow...

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

I love skirts, very nice!