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Clotilde {Living Skirt Art}

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

For our final Living Skirt Art of 2016 we chose a painting that forecasts the future.  Be sure to visit the other Living Skirt Art piece of art by guest poster, Teri from FaSewLa, linked at the end of this post.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

This month, we chose Clotilde by Louis Paul Dessar.  He was interested in art from a young age.  Born in Indiana in 1867, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York.  He became fascinated with French Landscape painting and moved to Giverny, France.  After marrying a fellow art student, living in France for 50 years, and spending his entire life painting, he returned to the United States where he died in Connecticut in 1952.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

Since Louis Paul Dessar favored an overall golden tone in his pictures, and normally painted later in the day, we tried very carefully to replicate that part in our Living Skirt Art piece today.  His love of light can be seen reflected in Clotilde where the light filtering through the filmy curtain plays with the plant shadows.  A pregnant woman knits something small, presumably for her expected child.

The skirt in our photo is this one made for Allegra years ago.  (Thankfully it has a wide elastic waistband!)  A little secret: it is being worn inside out because the lining was a closer match to the original photo than the printed reverse!

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

In summary:

Painting: Clotilde

Artist: Louis Paul Dessar

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Chiffon Maxi Skirt Knock Off

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

And now go visit Teri at FaSewLa to see and read about her fantastic Living Skirt Art recreation.  Isn’t her preview photo above so artistic in itself?  But you really need to see the art she is recreating!

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Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition Winner

Ladies and gentlemen!  (That is if we have any gentlemen readers…) We would like to present the final finalist for Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition.  In other words, the one who won!  Presenting:

fabric swap winner

Thank you to everyone for helping us to choose a winner.  We are so thrilled with everyone’s contributions to Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition.  Teri will receive:


$60 Gift Certificate to Sew Squirrel

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$40 Gift Certificate to Five Monkey Fabrics


2 PDF patterns from Winter Wear Designs

We’d like it if everyone would visit the sponsors and thank them for contributing.  There generosity truly made Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition great.  And as we mentioned Friday, Wildflower Fabrics wants to stay on as a sponsor on Skirt Fixation.  So they are offering an exclusive discount for our readers.  See the new button on the sidebar?  Refer back to it whenever you want to save on great fabric.  (Their shop is on vacation right now, but don’t worry,they’ll be back by the end of the week!)

We’d love to tell you where Challenge Create is headed next, but we can’t because we don’t have all the details cemented in yet!  So if you want to be the first to know, be sure to follow us.  You can either sign up at the top of the sidebar (where it says Don’t Miss A Single Post) to receive our posts in your inbox, or sign up here to only receive information about Challenge Create.  (But you will be missing out on some really great skirt stuff!  Just saying!)  

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FaSewLa’s Geometric Fabric Swap Challenge

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This is the 3rd day of the Geometric fabric sewing creations made from the fabric the 4 contestants swapped.  They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up!  Their only stipulation was that the fabric have a geometric element to it.  Today, Teri from FaSewLa is here to show you what she created:


I am excited to be participating in Skirt Fixation’s Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition. This week’s fabric swap theme is Geometric fabric. I received three different geometric fabrics in the mail from Heather from Heather’s Flights. Two of the fabrics were wovens and the striped fabric was a knit. I had been envisioning sewing something for myself but quickly came up with an alternate plan to make the most of these fabrics.

Sophia and Doll by Wall

I enlisted the help of some friends who have an adorable daughter, Sophia, who was willing to be my model. I decided to make her a casual summer outfit and a matching Wee Wonderfuls doll. For the tee, I used the free basic tee pattern from Dana Made It as my template. I slashed and spread the pattern to get the swingy shape and drafted a subtle hi-low hem. I added an applique of a bunny on the chest, which came from an embroidery pattern from Wee Wonderfuls.


For the shorts, I used my current favorite kids pattern, the free Sunny Day Shorts pattern from Oliver + S. I wanted the shorts to look like bloomers, so I gathered the bottom of the legs and finished them with banded bottoms that tie on the side. I also added flat piping to the waist and leg bands to pull in the third fabric.


I used all three fabrics, plus a few from my stash to make the doll. She is from the Wee Wonderfuls book and was so much fun to make. Her hair is made from grosgrain ribbon and she wears a sweet apron with a kitty head applique that is also from Wee Wonderfuls.

Doll Detail

Sophia and Doll 1

Sophia was very happy with her new outfit and her new doll. I had a lot of fun designing an outfit for a little girl, which is not something I get to do very often! Thanks Audrey and crew at Skirt Fixation for asking me to be a part of Challenge Create! I’m so happy I got to participate!

What an adorable outfit!  The models are so cute and we can’t think of a better use of those geometric fabrics, can you?  What an awesome doll, the ribbon hair is just so amazing!  The Geometric Sew Along Link Party  is open for one more day for the chance to win some awesome geometric fabric from Wildflower Fabrics!   So be sure to get your geometric creation linked up today!  And come back tomorrow for more geometric loveliness from our last contestant!