i recently celebrated my birthday and upheld my longstanding tradition of making myself some new clothing for the big day. usually i knit a sweater or make something a bit more flamboyant than i would normally wear but i decided to just make myself some skirts this year. it has been a long time since i made something for myself and it was a real joy to create them:
the first skirt, cherry liqueur, was one i had been wanting to make for quite a while. i had been collecting fabrics and one day decided that it would be my primary birthday skirt. i even had his unusual vibrant pink/purple antique lace that i felt would add a nice accent to the hem so i added it as well.
peony under skies was a wonderful surprise skirt. i laid the stack of leftover fabric from cherry liqueur next to my tiny stash of browns and the leftover stack of blue patches i had from another project. i was instantly reminded of my old peony garden and how i used to spend so much time photographing peonies from a low angle to get the sky as a background.
cherry pop utilized many of the same fabrics as an earlier skirt i had made, watermelon pop, but i added in a cherry pattern that worked so perfectly i could not think of anything but sweet cherry candies while i worked on it. i still have enough for one last skirt with many similar fabrics that will be up for sale with my next batch of skirts.
then came the dragonfly dreams. i bought five yards of the olive dragonfly fabric about ten years ago and have been using it bit by bit during that time. a dear friend once suggested a grey/olive skirt to me and i could not stop thinking about how that would look. so i used all my grey scraps and made this as my final birthday skirt.
happily, i had a request for a custom skirt in shades of green! my favorite! it is in the style of my ivy path skirt just a bit longer. as with every skirt i make i developed a crush on it as soon as i started cutting the fabrics, the texture of all the greens, the various vines and leaves, i love everything about this skirt. and i hope she does too.