the most exciting news

sewing room

my new sewing room.

it seems like it took forever but i finally have the most exciting news: we bought a condo. not just any condo either, the condo of my dreams. it was like someone knew exactly what colours to paint the walls, exactly which fixtures to install and just the right layout just for my needs. even my new sewing room is a soft, sunshine-yellow that is just what i wanted. i will have so much room for all my fabric shelves, my various sewing machines, all my thread… my mannequin will be out at all times, not just for photographs! and i will have a dedicated closet for my completed skirts! we move in just a few days and i could not be more excited.

our new condo is much bigger than our current space and in a different part of town with lots of new parks to explore and new neighborhoods to discover. plenty of places for me to ride my bike and have small picnic lunches. i am pretty excited and have been so since we first put in a bid on the place.

rainbow afghan

my new rainbow afghan

and what did i do with that abundance of excitement? i crocheted. a lot. i have been bursting with excitement, stress and nervous energy for weeks and i tried to channel all of that into something productive. so i went through all my yarn, arranged it by colour and settled in to make something so i was not bouncing off the walls. usually i make myself a piece of special clothing before my birthday but getting ready to move meant i had to start packing everything up. i did not have the energy to plan and shop for something for myself so i decided instead to crochet something. i don’t know why i never made a rainbow afghan before but i was delighted to have something to focus on when i was getting wound up.

even more custom orders

i just love custom orders. i love when people tell me what colours they love, what patterns they favor, what styles the prefer and trust me to create something they will love. both of the rainbows are my usual rainbow sewing obsession but the other skirts are all custom orders. interestingly enough, two orders came in at nearly the same time asking for very similar styles: shorter skirts in blues and greens. and of course i was delighted: any excuse to work with green!

9_9_equinox then another custom order came in, this time for a long, autumn-themed skirt. another favorite! this was perfectly times as i had just bought an armload of autumn leaf fabrics and only needed a few fabrics to fill out the design requests. sometimes when i skirt inspires me, i devote all my time to it until it s complete so i can just sit and admire it on my mannequin. this skirt is almost entirely leaf patterns in autumnal colours with just a dash of rich, dark purple in the mix. there are also a few polka dot patterned fabrics scattered throughout. for fun. i really, really want to make another skirt like this for myself. i have a knee-length one but a maxi-length might be just perfect. as though i don’t already have enough skirts crowded into my already small closet space.

custom orders & catching up

i greatly enjoy working on custom orders for people. most of the time, i am just making things which i think are pretty and hope other people might like as well. so it is always nice when someone tells me precisely what they want and i get to create it. i had just finished the golden afternoon when a friend of mine told me she all the scraps from a quilt her mother had made and they just had to made into a skirt. the fabrics arrived the very day i finished up the chocolaterie skirt so the timing was perfect. there were three different music note prints and i just kept thinking how the music notes and fractal and wavelength patterns put me in mind of smooth jazz.

just before the jazz trio fabric arrived, i was contacted by a customer to make a custom skirt in the style of one i had made about 18 months ago for my birthday. i knew i had several of the rarer fabrics and i rounded those out with a few new ones to make a lovely pinky/purpley/mauve skirt that put me in mind of framboise. i think i got the colours as true as possible, this skirt is so vibrant and breathtaking in person. i enjoy just standing and admiring it while it sits on my mannequin.

i am very excited for the next skirts i have to sew: two more rainbows (just gotta keep up with those!) a very long flower pattern skirt and a vibrant multi-coloured skirt. my cutting table is so pretty with all these fabrics right now, i can’t stop smiling while i work!

busy, busy, busy!

this may has been my busiest month ever. i can’t believe how much sewing i have accomplished and how many skirts i have sold! and then i went on some epic fabric buying sprees to replenish my stock. then i went thread buying. and ribbon buying. and tissue paper buying. this month has been a huge flurry of activity and very artistically fulfilling.

as usual, i am sewing rainbows. i have two more skirts ready to be sewn right now as well as a flower skirt (about fourteen different flower fabrics) and a textured browns skirts (seventeen fabrics in that one). then there is a stack of fabrics i have been collecting ever since i saw a photo of a simple patchwork curtain hanging in an indian home. the colours were so vibrant and electrifying, i went shopping for fabrics in as close an approximation as i could so i could recreate that look. yes, sometimes even a simple curtain can inspire me.

rainbow ribbon

rainbow ribbon

i think by now, anyone who knows me understands how obsessed i am with rainbows. i never really set out to make it a signature style or anything but it kinda happened that way after all. i have been carefully restocking everything i use in my business and while i still use plain white mailers i found the most incredible ribbon that is perfect for wrapping the skirts. i bought 300 yards of 7/8″ rainbow grosgrain ribbon and i must say: it is super-fun to wrap packages like this! i like to think that people will enjoy the prettiness of the ribbon when they open their package, i know it makes me smile. my new goal is to find (or have made for me) some rainbow packing tape and perhaps some rainbow shipping envelopes. remaking my business card template to be more rainbow-y is on my to-do list as well.

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 fabric has a hint of metallic ink giving that wonderful understated shimmer that i so adore. and, of course, i had to put in a dark jewel toned dragonfly fabric, it is sort of my signature style.

the onyx skirt.

onyx

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.