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Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Morning Inspiration

I love to wear skirts! They are so versatile. You can mix and match them with blouses, sweaters, or pair them with jackets. They can be worn with tights and flats or tights and boots. You can change the look by simply changing your shoes from flats to stilettos. Because I love skirts, I am always on the look out for an interesting design and I've found a few that I thought you might like too!
I wish I could see a complete front view of this skirt. But regardless, I really like the asymmetrical hem and the side seam welt pocket.
 A wrap skirt is always lovely. I love how they played with the pattern on this skirt.
 I'm sure you've seen this skirt on Pinterest. It's a very popular pin. But it derserves to be looked at again as it is such a lovely and dramatic design.
Okay, we need Bunny of La Sewista for this one, especially since she is a smocking guru. I REALLY want to know how to do this!!! I don't care for the little buttons, but I do love the technique.
 Simple, yet so graceful.
 Here's another interesting wrap.
I think this is so pretty. Look closely and you'll see that inside the center of the drape is a zipper. Sadly the zipper looks a bit off, but it's a great idea nonetheless.
Since this skirt is in white, it's a little difficult to see, but if you look closely, you'll see that it has very interesting lines.
 What a lovely take on a pleated skirt.
 A cute take on a kilt design.
This skirt makes me want to throw my sandals on and head for Bermuda!!! It just screams summer.
I love how the scalloped edge was taken around the hem and then up the center back to accent the vent opening.
Such a comfortable looking skirt. From Eileen Fisher. I believe that Marcy Tilton has a Vogue pattern that is quite similar.
 I love everything about this skirt. Take a striped fabric and add godets. Lovely.
Now for a little comic relief ;) I'll say this, it's interesting!!!

I have some fabulous surprises up my sleeve for you this week, so please be sure to check back. Also, the voting for the Get Your Motors Running Contest ends tonight so be sure to get your vote in if you haven't done so already.

Have a wonderful day and a great week!!!!
Rhonda




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29 comments:

  1. I hadn't given much thought to the versatility and designing possibilities of skirts. Some beauties--and some interesting. Thanks for posting this.

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  2. The first one is my fave. I like skirts on other people. On me they tend to become a bit matronly, I think. I guess I've never captured the proper silhouette or proportions with a skirt, especially since I am short-waisted. Great ideas, though

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  3. Thanks for the inspiration, Rhonda. There are a few that I'd like to have in my closet.

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  4. Can you identify the 11th picture (striped long knit skirt "that screams summer") information, if it's from a pattern or ready made? Thanks

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    1. That picture came from a group of pictures entitled Street Style. So the picture was taken of someone who just happened to be wearing the skirt. I'm sure it was a purchased skirt.

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  5. I love all of the interestingly seamed and asymmetric skirts around now - and I've always adored all of the 1930's seaming, perhaps their time has come again (pretty please!!) ;)

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    1. I say, if you like it, just wear it :) Beaudes, you look great in everything!!

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  6. Rhonda, I traced a skirt from a piece of clothing one of my colleague had. It is in the same spirit as the ruffled one. If I find my pattern quick. I will send a copy to you. It is basically a blanket with a zipper. Lovely post thank you!

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    1. Oh how exciting!! Thank you Anne-Marie :)

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  7. The Green skirt almost looks like origami. Reminds me of a quilting book I have by Rebecca Wat. Though her book features flowers.

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    1. I was intrigued, so I had to look her up. Interesting wrk!

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  8. Hi Rhonda,
    I am sure Bunny will pop in about the green skirt. As a smocker too, I think this skirt is a fabric manipulation technique, and could be an origami design as Ginger says. If anyone knows, Bunny will.

    I adore the first skirt and have recently worked a burda pattern that had a shaped welt pocket in the seams, so definitely one to have a go at down the side seams. Love the tailored style skirts, why is it the boho styles look terrific on everyone else, but not on me! LOL.
    I love these postings which give such terrific ideas of things to try out. Are there enough patterns in the world?? Oh to have the talent like you have to look at something and recreate it, awesome skill.

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    1. I keep looking at close up picture to see if I can figure out the technique. I'm determined!!!
      I think I am going to start a new once a month series on pattern hacking, taking a picture of a ready made garment and showing how to recreate it with a basic pattern.

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    2. Rhonda, that would be an awesome once a month series.

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    3. That would be so fabulous Rhonda.
      I have been searching around Pinterest and it really does look like origami. It isn't classic smocking with pleats, and it doesn't look like Canadian smocking either. Looking at fabric manipulation pictures to see, but I can't find it......will mention it to my sewing/smocking friends and see if we can solve the mystery for everyone.

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    4. Marysia, thanks so much for all the research that you did on the pleated origami design. I think(fingers crossed)that I have figured it out. If I have a little time to play today, I'm going to give it a try. I'll post my "efforts" :)

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  9. WOW ... so many BREATHTAKING looks :)

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  10. Hi again Rhonda,
    I think I have found the technique for the green skirt.
    I think it is block 11 in 41 fabric tutorials by Sewn up by Teresa Down Under. I have posted it to my pinterest page, but you will also find it on SUBTDUnders pinterest page. Sorry I can't put the link up, my internet is playing up and I lost the page...........we live out in rural Lincolnshire, so internet is hit and miss.

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    1. Hi there Rhonda,
      I have found the picture on pinterest and sent it to your page, so I hope you get it. It links to showing you how to work the designs, from what I remember. Have fun.

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    2. I got the pin!! Thanks so much. As soon as I have a chance, I'll look into it a little more.

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  11. Look for the front view of that first skirt here: http://modaoperandi.com/carven-pre-fall-2013/wool-skirt-with-envelope-hem

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    1. Thanks. I went to the site and for some reason I can't get the pictures to come up. I'll try again though.

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  12. Hi, Rhonda, great inspiration as always! This is definitely an origami design. Having done similar I would think it is first marked with a grid of dots. then it appears the fabric is folded into box pleats which are then refolded into new pleats. I think it could be worked out with a little effort. I am thinking Collette Wolf's fabric manipulation book may have something similar inside. Will have to search.
    My fave that I would actually wear? the Boho skirt with the striped godets, love it and it is so summery and comfy looking.

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    1. Well, it's a good thing we don't live next door to each other as I too want that boho skirt!
      I have looked and looked at the pleated design and I think I have figured it out...maybe. I'm going to give it a try and see what I come up with. Thanks so much for your insight and help Bunny :)

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  13. I love the top two faux wrap skirts. The dart to nowhere on the back of the caramel one probably gives a great shaping over the curve of the hips.

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  14. http://www.lyst.com/clothing/carven-wool-skirt-with-envelope-hem-nude/

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  15. http://www.lyst.com/clothing/carven-wool-skirt-with-envelope-hem-nude/

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