Why clean when you can Sew! Right???
Especially when you have a particularly spectacularly adorable piece of fabric.
Check out this cute print by Riley Blake. It is part of the
October Afternoon collection, I think it is called Fly a Kite in Teal Blue. Sadly, it is a couple years old, so I don't think you can buy it anywhere.
I really, really love that I asked Emmalee to run and put this skirt on, took pictures of her, then tossed her on the school bus...never noticing that the seam was right in the front. Yep. I really am known for my attention to detail ;0} Anyway, still love the skirt. Just pretend that girl is not seen in double, OK?
Yes, and I have a very high fashion model too. Yep. I have been tempted to have someone else's child be my model. I do believe it would be easier. At least my child has personality. I will just keep reminding myself of that. What I lack in patience, she makes up for in personality.
She thinks she is so funny.
Anyway, here is a close up look at that fabric. I can even tell you when I first saw it. Madison and I took a trip all the way from our home in Goodyear Arizona to Mesa to check out the scrapbook/quilt store there. If you ever take a trip there, Scrapbooks, etc is a Fabulous place to visit. Anyway, we had seen the fabric during a quick trip in about January, then caressed it and smelled it some time in the spring. Once we found out we were moving away mid-July, we made the special trip back just to buy a yard of the stuff.
We didn't know what we were going to make with it,
we were just pretty sure we wouldn't find it again once we moved.
Fast forward a year and a half and you will find me rummaging through stacks down in my basement looking for fabric I could turn into a couple of skirts. I found a pile of fabric I had set aside to make summer pants for my little Emmers last year. Apparently the wedding rush of last summer didn't leave me much time, cause I think I only got one pair of pants made. I brought the pile of fabric upstairs and started dreaming up skirts. I hate when my girlie tries to wear a regular t-shirt and leggings. I know it is the current style right now, but I much rather that whole middle part be covered up, if not by long shirts, then skirts.
Long story short, I wasted away the warmest week of our winter whipping up skirts, saving my wood projects for the next week when we would once again be below zero :0P Yuck.
As for the skirts I made, I love them. Each one makes me smile. They are all so different, but each has at least one fun fabric I was dying to make something out of. This skirt though, this skirt is my favorite. I love the little kids spending their day the way little kids should: carefree, outside, enjoying the last fabulous days before Summer turns winter again. I miss the days when kids just went outside and played the hours away, not stuck to screens, not worried about stranger danger. Just kids having a pleasant day. What happy, cheerful colors. I love everything about this fabric. Who better to wear it than one of my favorite girls. And heck, if I can get out of cleaning, I will sew everyday!
I will show you the rest of the skirts as I build up the patience to get Emmalee to model them some more. It may take me a while....but I will try ;0}