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Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday Morning Inspiration/Skirts and a Chance To Vote

Welcome to Monday!!!
Last week I shared a story about my favorite childhood outfit, a pair of orange corduroy pants and a little cashmere sweater that I wore until it was fit for nothing more than the garbage. I was a true tomboy. In fact, my mother says that she never knew that a little girl could smell so bad after a day of playing. I played hard! 
As much of a tomboy as I was as a child, I have turned into such a girl ;) During the summer, I live in dresses and come fall and winter, I love nothing more than a nice warm pair of tights and a skirt. 
Over the weekend, I was on the Pinterest website trying to find some innovative quilting ideas, when I just happened upon THIS website. The two aren't related, but that's how the internet goes! The clothes are high end designer pieces, and lots of fun to look at. The skirts really caught my attention. I was able to pull out a few that I liked, so I thought I would share them with you this morning.

1.A color blocked a-line skirt with an asymmetrical hem.   

2.A pencil skirt with a lovely over drape.
3.I especially like this skirt. The pleats radiate out of the darts. For most of us, the drape would need to be a bit wider as this skirt is a little difficult to sit in without most of your leg, or other things ;), showing.
4.This skirt has the large drape in the front and back. Talk about great movement when you walk!
I have been asked a number of times what to do with a very large print. I thought that this skirt was a great use of a very large print.
5. This is a 6-gore skirt with side panel pockets. Notice how the pockets stand away from the skirt. Believe it or not, this is a very slimming look.
Such a pretty drape.
I included this skirt as I loved how the print was used. It's from Isabel Marant and is a cool, $1,360.00! The waistband is elasticized.
This skirt is a bit of a throw back to the 70's, but I found it rather fun. Maybe it's the lacing that I liked so much. 
An interesting way to break up a pattern. Grosgrain ribbon would work well for this.
A lovely take on Mondarin art.
What a fun skirt this would be to wear! A simple way to duplicate this would be to buy your fabric and then buy yarn to match. My creative juices are flowing!!! Stay tuned as this might get done sooner than later. The skirt is nothing more than a 1/4 circular skirt with a hip yoke. You can see how to draft a 1/4 circular skirt HERE.

Did you notice that the first 4 skirts are numbered? (A fifth skirt has been added to the mix, the red skirt with the side pockets, so place your vote for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) Well, here's your chance to vote. Which one would you like to see me draft? The one that gets the most votes will win. To vote, just leave a message! 
You may remember that I drafted out this skirt last year.

A number of you actually made up the skirt and did a fabulous job. You can find the tutorial and all the lovely makes HERE.
Happy Monday Everyone!!!



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44 comments:

  1. I really like #2, although I don't wear skirts much unless they are long. I don't have your gorgeous legs. I love the one with the pockets, but it doesn't have a number. (o:
    Hugs, Joy

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    1. Hi Joy, I did a skirt similar to the red skirt with pockets, but we can add it to the mix and call it number 5. I'll go back and add the number.

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    2. Well there was a free V&A pattern for a dress with pockets like this, but as I jsut found out it is not longer on their website. But I have the pdf's for it if you like the look...
      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/29343835043111835/

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    3. Sure! That would be fun. Thanks Pippa :)

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  2. Number 4 would be great. It might get me to wear skirts more often...

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  3. I vote for number #2. I think the first one is easier to figure out.
    And I have an Instagram tip for you in case you didn't notice: Stepalica has lots of great inspiration boards

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    1. HI Karien, I didn't get the Instagram tip. Would you mind resending it?

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    2. Number 5. That's the only one I would consider wearing. The others don't really fit my style.

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    3. I didn't send a link. The Instagram boards of Stepalica patterns are very much my taste and I think you would be interested too. The link to her main board is https://www.pinterest.com/stepalicablog/. She is the one who "designed" the jacket I am making from the copy of SewNews you sent me. She has an own column in SewNews where she explains how you can alter existing patterns.
      Her pinterest boards with inspiration for various garments and techniques are amazing.

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    4. My misunderstanding :)
      Thanks for the link to her Pinterest page. And I will check out her Instagram boards too!

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  4. I vote for #5, the red with the pockets!

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  5. #3! I like how the pleats extend from the darts and I'd love to learn how to draft that. Great inspiration for Monday morning!

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  6. Number 4 definitely! I live in skirts and tights and boots in the wintertime here, too. I love skirts!

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  7. My favorite is the Mondrian skirt, so I will be watching this from the sidelines.

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  8. I love #1. I think it's one of the simplest and I seem to be leaning toward minimalism lately.

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  9. Oh, they are all so intriguing! I think I would like to see how #4 looks in the flat.

    Unless I'm missing something, Anita has all the details for #2 here: http://studiofaro-wellsuited.blogspot.com/2015/03/pattern-puzzle-drape-skirt.html and on her facebook page. It's a beautiful design.

    I look forward to seeing this process!

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  10. Number five for me! Number Four, well could someone please hem it?

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  11. What fun! They are all great skirts, but if I have to choose, I'll go for Number 2. I love the drape and the modern feel of the skirt.

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  12. I'd love to see your take on 3! Hot with boots!

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  13. I pick #4 with large drape in front and back. #5 with 6 gores and side pockets would be a close second.

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  14. I like number 1, but vote for number 5 (perhaps with a little lacing?). More wearable, and POCKETS!

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  15. Number 5, please. It's different but wearable. Thanks!

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  16. Number 2 does it for me, but I will enjoy which ever one you pick!

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  17. Both number 1 and 5, please. (I'm greedy.)

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  18. 1 but like many of the others I also like 5...... Both maybe?

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  19. #1 please. Love it's simplicity.

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  20. #2 is beautiful. Would love to make it.

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  21. My vote is for #1... just want to see how you come up with the pieces for the color blocking!
    I also like the looks of those extra you showed: the plaid w/lacing and color blocked. The idea to break up a patterned fabric with ribbon (or solid fabric) is great. Thanks for the ideas!

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  22. And just when I thought I had a pattern all sorted for my next project you go and post this and get me thinking all over again - LOL!

    1 or 2 for drafting - thank you so much

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