I have seen several of Megan Nielsen’s Cascade skirts popping up in the sewing blogosphere and I was getting flowy, wrap skirt envy! I also keep seeing the designer Thakoon’s fabric appearing in projects, particularly this awesomely trippy navy blue cotton print. Lauren at Lladybird used it on her fantastic culottes, and I also saw it featured on Grainline Studio’s page to make up these adorable pajamas. It is true what they say about how soft and fluid the fabric is, I am in love! I knew it would be perfect for the cascade skirt, I mean the name is cascade- that’s what this fabric does!
This skirt is super easy to put together. Yes you will deal with a whole lot of fabric and an extremely long hem, but it is a no brainer. Just as everyone else has said, you can truly trust the layout guide which Megan created for the skirt. At first it all seems kind of backwards because you have to fold your fabric in half instead of long ways, and then you just follow the grain lines. It all works out, I promise! I chose to make the full wrap version which wraps around the back and ties in the front. I love the design element of the skirt with the long ties. I did have to cut a significant amount of length off the back, this thing was down to my ankles and it looked kind of ridiculous at first. I think I cut about 6 inches off!
I really love the french seams and the rolled hem, they worked perfectly with this fabric. The slit in the front could be a little risqué especially in a big breeze, but if you were really concerned you could strategically pin it. I just wore mine to the local music festival called Forecastle here in Louisville and I took no precautions! However, there were a lot of hippies and people running around in bikini tops and not much else, so I figured a little leg wouldn’t offend anyone. Here are a couple fish people I met this weekend:
I had a blast, and I stayed (somewhat) cool in my skirt. It was in the 90’s after all! I definitely see more of these in my sewing future!
In other news Project Runway season 12 starts on Thursday! Bring on ladies night fully equipped with wine, snacks and cattiness! Yahoo!!
Last night I attended my friend Tina’s surprise birthday/painting party, and it was a total blast! She loves dressing up so everyone was to show up in cocktail attire for the occasion. This of course made me excited because I just finished my chevron “zig zag” dress, and I was itching for a reason to wear it. I found this retro inspired polyester material at our local Hancocks and I couldn’t leave the store without it, even though I generally avoid working with this type of fabric. I decided to make McCalls 6115 which is about as an easy of a dress to make especially with this finicky fabric. Its pretty much two panels with a channel to run the straps through. I did my darndest to match up the stripes, however this dress is a pretty big sack when its all said and done so I had to take it in quite a bit. Matching up the stripes became less of a necessity and more of an impossibility. I ended up belting the dress anyhow so I don’t mind it too much.
I really love how it turned out, I think this dress may be coming with me on my trip to Europe. Bonjour!
While at the party, we all had to cover our sophisticated outfits with aprons to avoid getting splattered with paint. It was well worth covering my dress, I forgot how much I enjoy painting. I used to do quite a bit of oil painting, but when I started school a couple years ago I just didn’t have the time for it anymore. It can be a very time consuming hobby! However, now that I will have the summer off and I finished graduate school I plan to get in at least a little painting time! The theme for the painting party was the Louisville skyline with bubbles floating about in the sky. I decided to deviate my theme because I wanted to hang it in my sewing room, so instead of bubbles I painted spools of thread.
It turned out kind of meh, we had to finish within a limited time frame as it was a painting party and it ended up a little sloppy and kindergartenish as a result. I may go back and try to fix it up later on, although this was done with acrylic paint. Here are all the other painters’ finished masterpieces, they all turned out great and we had so much fun!
I really enjoy painting natural scenery and using a lot of texture when I paint. Here are a couple of paintings I have done that are hanging up in my house:
All this art is really getting my creative juices flowing, I’m really getting excited to start creating this summer! Oh and on a completely unrelated side note, check out who I met at a local art fair recently- Gunnar from project runway! He was so friendly and kind, he didn’t even mind me asking for a creeper fan pic 😉
Love local celebrities!
Simplicity has a Project Runway line (LOVE that show!) and they rolled out this tunic. I thought it looked so cute- maybe I just really like the blue floral satic fabric they showcased it in. I couldn’t find any fabric that resembled this, but I did find this pretty black and turquiose charmeuse- the last bit on the bolt!
The tunic was relatively simple to make, it was a big rectangle with a hole for your head- kind of like a poncho. The sides sewed up to make it more fitted. The neckline had casing around it which I always seem to struggle with, I just can’t ever get it to line up and not pucker. The tunic also had a drawstring, there are two buttonholes which I always have fun making. To make the casing for the drawstring they called for bias tape to be sewn on the inside with a channel left open to pull the drawstring through.
I think my tunic resembles the pattern photo, however I don’t know if I am really crazy about the look. My husband thought I had made a kimono, and not that there is anything wrong with kimonos but that wasn’t really what I was going for with this piece. It was fun to make though, and it was cool working with a satic which I haven’t used too much up to now.