I guess for only using what's on hand, it's not too bad! It's festive and pink, and what more could Jane ask for?!
I was totally frustrated that my bow wouldn't stay straight. I knew that it would if I would just take my time tying it, but who has time for that?!
It's a fake tie anyway, that I top stitched on at the end, mostly ornamental. I did pleats instead of gathers, and seriously, I'll go into more details about my waistband process should anyone request it. But after five hours of trying to figure it out (which of course included a few totally geeky sewing discussion with Liz), I thought I really didn't have any more time for a second skirt. It was almost midnight! Right as I was about to turn the light off and call it quits, I pictured Ruby's sad face in the morning when only Jane had a new skirt to wear! I grabbed a pick-me-up handful of M&Ms mixed with nuts, and then pushed on.
And I'm so glad I did, or else I would never have captured this look:
This skirt turned out 100% different than I thought it would, starting at midnight. I really thought I was going to incorporated the V&Co. gathered heart throw pillow concept, into a skirt. But then I started thinking that between the gathering of the heart, and the gathering of the skirt, the affect would get lost. Somewhere around 12:30, I glanced at my collection of biased tape, and with THIS IMAGINE in my mind, I took the skirt in a new directions:
I hate to pick favorites, but I think I really *love* this skirt the best.
It features a new comfy waistband as well! I was really determined to forgo the standard elastic casing waistband. I gathered most of my tips on construction for this skirt from this tutorial. Note that the tutorial is to make a somewhat similar skirt in a size 3-6 months, which I'd done before. So for this one, I had to do a bit of figuring and guessing, and hoping and praying, since no model was available.
What a sweet relief when she put it on in the morning that I guessed it all right!
And as if that wasn't enough sewing for one girl and one weekend, I got to make a few other things. One especially note worthy item...mostly note worthy in it's degree of adorableness. Is that a word?!
We had a cute little friend turning 2! The pattern comes out of the Anna Maria Horner's "Handmade Beginnings" book. The pink polka dot fabric is a Riley Blake fabric. The little featured bird print is a piece of an Alexander Henry fabric. All purchased randomly at one point or another in Korea. Sigh. In Korea, where all fabric dreams can come true...
Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you find time to do what you LOVE today!