skirts for friends

one of my favorite things is when a friend will contact me and request a skirt. not only does it make me happy to have a new project to work on, but it makes me feel really good to know that a friend likes my work that much. and, as usual, i have fallen completely in love with this latest skirt.

the jeweled night skirt.

jeweled night

the friend mentioned which skirts i had made previously that she liked and then mentioned that she liked ‘jewel tones’. such a wonderful descriptor. i had plenty of jewel toned fabrics but i always feel the need to buy at least a few fabrics to round out my stash before i start cutting just so i have plenty of options when arranging the patches. the fabric for the hem, waistband and ties was one i had acquired a while ago but had not quite found the correct project to use it in. most of the fabrics are dark, rich colours on black backgrounds but there are a few that are deep purple, blue or red backgrounds. and almost every fabrics has a hint of metallic ink giving that wonderful understated shimmer that i so adore. and, of courses, i had to put in a dark jewel toned dragonfly fabric, it is sort of my signature style.

the onyx skirt.


another friend has been requesting mini-skirts for a while and it took me a few tries to figure out exactly how i wanted to go about constructing them. i am still tweaking the patterns, but i think this will be my primary mini-skirt style. it is very short and probably better as a layer, but i am thinking i will make one for myself specifically as a swimsuit cover-up when i go to the beach. i have another style of mini-skirt i will be trying that will be very similar but a teensy bit longer, but for now i am loving this cute all-black skirt. for a long time it was very, very difficult to find a good selection of black on black quilting fabric but lately i seem to be having some luck with locating good choices for my projects. i do hope this trend continues as i greatly enjoy the muted palette of black and dark grey for clothing.

long skirts, mini skirts and a love of black

just a quick post before i disappear to go back to sewing. birthday greens was, of course, my birthday skirt. shadow sonata was a custom order for a friend. amethyst aurora was also a custom skirt which i carefully collected fabrics over months before i was ready to sew. fire opal was a skirt idea i had a while back, a vibrant rainbow against a dark black skirt. obsidian overture was another almost-all-black skirt because that seems to be a popular request lately. peridot pirouette was made around the same time as my birthday skirt because i am always looking to make more green skirts. and finally, my first two mini-skirts. rockabilly is ever so slightly longer but they are both very short skirts and would be best layered over leggings or fancy bloomers unless one is very daring.

odds & ends

i have been doing a fair bit of travel lately and it has really cut into the time i usually spend making skirts and updating my journal. luckily, i have been able to visit many quilting shops across the country and find fabrics i have not seen before to add to my collection. it is the nicest thing is to find a treasure trove of batik or calico and come home with an armload of fabric after being away for a while.

parchment ink & sealing wax was inspired from the days when i was in junior high school and i discovered a love of calligraphy. i spent many hours practicing my hand and decided the best way to practice was to write notes to all my friends in calligraphy. it turned out that one of my friends was already very into calligraphy and illumination and joined me. we spent many hours constructing elaborate notes about music and local events, who we liked, difficult classes and such in the most elaborate ways we could: crisp parchment, dark calligraphy ink & rich, glossy sealing wax.

calypso was a custom order for someone who liked my cinco de mayo skirt but wanted it bigger and longer. it was such an exciting skirt to create with all the brightly-coloured fabric all over my cutting a sewing tables. i simply adore the way it turned out, so brilliant and vibrant.

sorbetto sundae was inspired by my adoration of sorbetto. there is a small cafe i visit frequently in the spring and summer that has the most delightful flavors. my favorites tend to be watermelon, cantaloupe, lemon, honeydew… all sorts of sweet pastel fruits. i tried to create a skirt that put me in mind of a whole sundae full of pretty sorbetto scoops.

and spring flowers is yet another rainbow skirt because i cannot stop making them. i am working on a long rainbow skirt right now and it just makes me smile every time i glance at it.

all kinds of rainbows!

since i had so much time on my hands waiting for my new iron to arrive, i went a little overboard making rainbow skirts. at first i only had one, then i added two more, then another… it is probably for the best i stopped when i did, my sewing room looked like a big rainbow explosion at one point.

at first i was just working on the rainbow whirl skirt. i had just finished cutting the patches when i thought: “why don’t i make two rainbow skirts?” then, as i was laying out the patches for rainbow riddle, i thought: “why don’t i make another…?” so i started laying out more patches in reverse and prism puzzle came to be.

after i was through with both of those, i got an idea to make a “rainbow-themed” skirt. i was thinking about the many times i had visited silver creek falls and marveled at all the beautiful forests and hidden pools of icy water… and rainbows forming across the mist from the falls. i wanted the bottom of the skirt to be rich green, teal, aquamarine, turquoise, jade… and so emerald waterfall was created.

waiting and waiting… and waiting some more

after twenty years, my trusty iron finally gave out. i spent some time looking over more modern irons and found one i think will suit me. i went ahead and ordered it… three weeks ago. it has still not shipped as of this writing. so i have six skirts sitting on my sewing table that cannot be completed just yet. on the one hand it has been nice to work at a slower pace. but on the other hand, i am very eager to finish these skirts up. fingers crossed that my iron ships soon.