Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nina skirt pattern launch!

Check it out! I sewed a skirt!!

A few weeks back, I saw a call for testers for the new girl's Nina skirt/culottes pattern. You'll want to check out everyone's versions over at Compagnie M, so many cute skirts and culottes! This is my first time trying one of her patterns. I love the fact that she offers lots of information and tutorials on her site! Want to learn to do welt pockets on your Nina skirt? Hem without using pins? She's got you covered. I tried the no-pin hem and it worked great! They offer PDF and paper patterns at their site.

I needed something to get me back into my sewing nook, and pattern testing is a great way to motivate me! And since it was a girl's size I figured I had enough fabric on hand to complete it.

I picked a few fabrics out of my stash and then Emma decided which she liked the best. She chose this triangle print (Mojave in Opaque) from Leah Duncan's Tule line for AGF. Art Gallery Fabrics are so soft!

I sewed the A-Line skirt version. I used the size 10 for my 10 1/2 year old daughter. I did add about an inch of length to it, because she's pretty modest. I'm sure I'll appreciate that trait as she enters the teen years!

There are some adorable versions in the pattern tour that use piping as an accent. I wanted to try it and had white cording picked out. But then I found this vintage canary yellow ric-rac in my trims, and the color and shape were too perfect for this skirt!Same concept though - attach the trim before sewing on the waistband. I was so concerned about getting the ric-rac on straight that I spaced off doing the back darts first - oops!

My model was being uncooperative, this is her "but I AM smiling" face. #beroyal

I needed an invisible zipper, and had one on hand. Only it was 22" long. No problem, right? I thought I could shorten a zipper pretty easily. I didn't notice until I started sewing that it was a metal zipper - so I couldn't sew across the teeth like I planned. I had to hand sew a stop at the top, after I almost pulled the zipper pull off - eek!! That was dumb! Definitely my fault and not the pattern's :) Note to self: use the recommended supplies next time!

There are so many ways you could trick this skirt out. It comes with several pocket variations, and the culottes are adorable too! You can do a side zip, or a front fly, or even make one with an elastic waist (you have to cut your fabrics on the bias - more info here on this version!) I chickened out on trying the side pockets. But now that I've made the basic version, I think I'll try the pockets next. You could also use contrasting fabrics for the waistband or pockets, or do some cute reverse applique. It went together really fast. I made it in most of a morning, and I work slowly :) I suggest making a muslin to check fit first, and then you could use it to line the skirt. I didn't do a lining on this one though.

I'm not sure whether it's meant to be worn at the actual waist line, or lower on the hips, which is how Emma's fits. She's pretty skinny though, and I almost made a size down. I've seen some super cute high waist versions on her blog - but I think it would have been too short on Emma if she wore it around her true waist. Easy enough to alter when you're cutting out the pattern though.

I am definitely still a beginner when it comes to garment sewing. I think that it's ok that it's not perfect - because if I hadn't pointed out my mistakes, I doubt you would have noticed them! And we still ended up with a really cute skirt for Emma. I learned some stuff, so the next skirt I make will be a little better.

And the best part is I feel confident that I could make the grown up version for myself! And then, maybe tackle her Mara blouse pattern... wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival

Last weekend, the Overland Park Convention Center was packed with quilters for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. The parking lot was overflowing and it was wall to wall people inside. I stopped in for a quick peek at the Festival - and I mean quick, 30 minutes was all I had to spend! I ran into a bunch of guild friends and saw some beautiful quilts. I wish I could have spent some time, shopped some booths, taken a class or two. It looks like it was a huge success!

 I love this tree quilt by Trisch Price. Such a cool design!

She's started a new pattern company with Jenifer Dick! You can check out their new patterns at Everyday Stitches.

Here's one of Jenifer's quilts, it's called Come On Get Happy. And it won 2nd place!

This beauty by Stephanie Dodson of Summerwind Studio is from a bee I belonged to, once upon a time!

I found one of my blocks, in the center with the dots :) The quilting she did is gorgeous too.

I love this churn dash by Carla Timberlake. (I think, I am going from memory here lol)

And another churn dash by my friend Nikki - ahh Hope Valley. Such a pretty line that I wish I would have bought. And I like that she made the setting triangles from another DS plaid. And that she didn't make every block a churn dash. It's a great way to use a layer cake and show off a fabric line, isn't it? I may copy her quilt very soon :)

That's just a quick glimpse into the KCRQF 2015. Glad it was such a good turnout for everyone involved! Hopefully they'll do it again next year.


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