Today I’m combining 3 sewing events in one post. Because sometime us moms have to multitask. I guess that’s the theme of today’s post; multitasking. First up it’s Selfish Sewing Week, so you’ll see what Allegra, Aria and I have been making for ourselves.
I love a good tiered maxi skirt (remember my favorite refashion ever?) and so when Becca Duval, of Free Notion (and of course our partner in crime on the Sewing Stadium website) asked for patterns to showcase for her Fall Pattern Showcase, I turned to Pattern Emporium for the Ladies Tiered Maxi Skirt Pattern. I mean, if a tiered maxi skirt doesn’t herald the coming of fall, what does?
This tiered maxi skirt pattern comes in sizes XXS to 3X, so every woman can make herself one! There are quite a few instructions and tables to get through to figure out what size to make your tiers, but it’s totally doable. With just one pattern piece and the rest rectangles, it’s a snap to prepare to make the Ladies Tiered Maxi Skirt pattern.
I only made one change to the pattern, and that was instead of shirring the back waistband, I made channels and inserted 1/4” elastic. Because I’ve found they hold up better of time/wear/washings. I discovered this method when I made my Nani Iro skirt.
Now about the fabric. I’ve been seeing all the amazing shirt refashions for The Refashioners 2015 challenge. Basically, everyone was challenged to take a button up shirt and refashion it. I asked Mr. Skirt Fixation if he had any old shirts lurking in the back of his closet to donate to the cause, and he came up with about a dozen he wasn’t wearing any more! So I chose 4 in shades of blues and started cutting.
Let me tell you, men’s shirts are made of really nice fabric, especially good quality shirts like Mr. Skirt Fixation gave me. I think I’d sew all my clothing from this fabric if I could!
But this time I decided to stay away from stripes and use this luscious eyelash knit baby sweater fabric I found at JoAnn’s. It’s super soft and the most delicious shade of chocolate brown you could ever imagine.
Now a little bit of a disclaimer for the poor photographs in this post, and more about the whole multitasking mother thing. The day we took these photographs promised to be a busy one, and I really needed to get the photos taken. I should have taken them at home in front of our usual backdrop, but I thought it would be a nice change to find somewhere interesting! As we were going to the BIG CITY that day for music lessons, I decided to risk it even though the lessons were in the afternoon. I carefully dressed in my new skirt, my Renfrew cowl, grabbed the Julia cardigan and some nice shoes as opposed to the worn out flip flops I usually wear. Well, shortly after we reached the BIG CITY, the baby fell down, got a small cut on his lip and proceeded to cry and smear the blood and drool all over my shoulder. No problem, I thought, I’ll have the Julia Cardigan on for the photos. As I was racing around the BIG CITY dropping off kids and picking up other ones, I managed to get a gorgeous blister on my heel from the nice shoes. In one lesson I gave the baby a pen to keep in occupied for the last 6 minutes, and he promptly waved his arms all around and put green streaks on the new skirt and a few on the Renfrew too. So no close ups! Finally, just before the sun went down, on the way to pick up the last child, I shook the dust and dirt off my new Julia Cardigan, (which had been knocked to the floor and tromped across approximately 150 times as kids entered and exited the van,) put a gritty smile on my face, ducked behind a tree and had Aria snap a few photos. Sigh. But the bright spot in it all was that I was wearing new skirt that was insanely comfortable!