Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Leopard Print Miette Skirt

Well hello there Bloggy Friends!  I know I've been gone for almost as long as George R. R. Martin takes to write a book, but I've finally sewn something.  Truthfully, I've sewn about 11 bajillion polishing cloths for the Montessori classrooms at work, but I didn't think they were particularly blog-worthy.  They did get an Instagram shout out though.  Guys, I love Instagram.  It's like lazy/ADHD blogging.  Right up my alley.

This is my second project for the year.  I'll post the first when I'm done being mad at it.  You may remember this little project board from a whole year ago.  If you think that's bad, you should see some of my other UFOs. :cough cough: Over 3 years ago....

I ended up choosing the natural leopard fabric.  The purple is too stiff for this particular pattern.  Interestingly enough, both of them were bed sheets once upon a time.  The natural is 100% cotton sateen.  The purple is a cotton/poly blend.  Natural fibers for the win.  I found the fabric at a thrift store a couple years ago for a few bucks.  The Miette skirt pattern is from Tilly and the Buttons and can be found HERE.  Sidenote:  I am so excited for her book to come out.  It looks so cute!

The whole process was a delight and made me remember why I enjoy sewing.  The repetition and order of putting together a PDF pattern soothes my obsessive-compulsive side.  Methodically working through each step leaves me with a sense of accomplishment even when I'm moving slowly.  In the past I've hurried through a project just to get it finished.  Unsurprisingly, those projects don't get worn often.  This time, I took my time and enjoyed the process.  From the taping to the pinning, the cutting to the final pressing, I can say that I enjoyed myself.  I think the skirt reflects that.

The skirt was a breeze to sew and I followed Tilly's sew-along posts (HERE) to make sure everything was perfect.  I deviated from the instructions only to french seam the skirt panels as I like my seams extra tidy.  This created a tiny problem in that the skirt was slightly shorter than the waist and ties but it's not a huge deal.  I think it's only noticeable because I used an interfacing that is a little too stiff.  If not for that, I don't think I would've even noticed.

Ignore the messy loft.  I'm still curating my perfect sewing/office space.  I'm in love with my Cabaret pink accent wall.  I think the giant shiny mirror of awesome goes well.  No one has ever accused me of being subtle. 

Now for the bonus round: How many animal prints can you find in the picture?   
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