the autumn leaves skirt
i have always loved leaf motifs. fabrics with leafy designs always attract my eye regardless of the color scheme. i had tried several times in the past to make a leafy patchwork skirt but they never turned out to my liking until now. i was determined to get a rich, warm brown and orange feel with flashes of green. i think it turned out beautifully.
many of these fabrics are around ten years old, i have had the scraps in my fabric piles for a long time. several of the fabrics are scraps from other skirt projects so this project was a bit nostalgic for me.
some of the scraps were extremely long and thin so i took a quick break and stitched up some autumnal table runners. i still have more scraps so i am considering making more table runners. just some fun, simple projects that provide a quick boost. though i was also contemplating making some tea cozies.
the ginkgo skirt
i have had a large stack of high-end asian-themed quilting fabric for a long while. two of the fabrics were kanji patterns, one was simply lines of kanji and the other was a newspaper print. i paired them with two ginkgo patterns which brought out the dark blues and reds.
i find this skirt so elegant. typically i find myself using vibrant colors so when i make items with a more restrained palette i am always pleased with the impact the color scheme has. originally there were about twice as many fabrics but i trimmed the fabrics down and am glad i did.
i love that asian-inspired fabrics often feature ginkgo or momiji patterns. i have made many little projects in the past hat left me with an amazing stack of scraps. so i cut out every possible patch i had and combined them with the leftover patches from my ginkgo skirt and my antique asian skirt to make a sort of asian calico skirt.
the asian calico skirt
this is another one of my favorite skirts. it just brings back so many happy memories of old projects, most of them zabuton and padded mats.
there are patterns of kanji, ginkgos, momiji, kimono, sashiko, bamboo, dragons, koi, fans, dragonflies (tonbo! kachimushi!), cranes, lanterns, chrysanthemums… i love every bit of this skirt.
this skirt feels both casual and fancy at the same time. to me, a wide variety of fabrics gives a more casual vibe but the dark, rich tones keep it from being too loud. and there is plenty of metallic ink to give an extra bit of shimmer. this skirt is the epitome of my i began making skirts in the first place: a way to use all those wonderful forgotten bits of fabric and make something meaningful.