I can’t just sew a simple skirt for a class sample in a nice tasteful fabric everyone will like. No no, I have to sew with a funny fabric and an eye-blinding color I’m head over heels for at the moment. Why not pair it with a bright pink tulip printed tee? Why not indeed? Something in the back of my mind tells me I should make this again in a tamer fabric…
But I like it. I hate making samples using excessively normal fabrics I wouldn’t wear. I’m digging these obnoxious colors together, especially for summertime. The top is a “boat neck” version of my Blank Canvas Tee free pattern. (The first “hack” is coming soon!) It’s become my casual-wear pattern of choice because I can run one up in no time. I used a tulip printed cotton knit.
I made version 3 of Ginger by Colette– a shaped waistband and cut on the bias. The thing about pique is that it’s “spready.” The fibers are loosely woven and that creates a bulky but surprisingly airy fabric. Of course the fibers want to spread, especially on the bias.
It’s shorter than my usual length, but wearable. It’s also comfortable, and Colette once again did a great job of thoughtfully drafting a simple pattern. It’s a really great little basic skirt and works well with a wide variety of fabrics. It’s like a blank canvas skirt.
I mentioned before that I will begin teaching again- Wednesdays (am and evening) from the 8th of February. I’ll finish the sign-up and in-depth info page tomorrow morning and link it here.
Basically, it’s a 4 week “Sewing Foundations” course. We’ll make a simple shopping tote, Ginger, and a Blank Canvas Tee. The idea is that anyone could take this class- a beginner or an intermediate looking to fill a few gaps in their knowledge. The three pieces are very plain and simple, which allows for a LOT of personal variation- color choices, fabrics, embellishments, necklines, fun pockets, etc. At the same time, I teach solid sewing concepts which will apply to future projects- grain and cutting, three ways to finish a seam, interfacing, basic knits, invisible zippers and hems are among the skills covered.
It’s not so challenging that a perfect beginner can’t make these items successfully, but a more experienced sewist would still have fun. (A little stenciling, perhaps?) I used to teach pajamas to beginners and gradually picked up that pajamas were not very exciting either to a new sewist or to an experienced one looking to get her hand back in. This should be way more fun!
While we were gardening, I snapped a few shots of Stephen’s monkey shirt:
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the keyhole blouse I made for Sew Weekly’s “Accessorize” challenge. We had to build a garment around an accessory. I chose a favorite pearl brooch, used the Not a T-shirt pattern and some black flocked cotton reclaimed from an old skirt.