Today we are off to Nashville! It's a much-anticipated family vacation and my opportunity to take class with the fabulous Anna Maria Horner. After doing some wishing and praying (and begging), I was granted a late entry into Anna's "Skirting Couture" workshop. Yes, we're making skirts, and I still haven't chosen a fabric.
To begin with, I'm just intimidated. My attempts at sewing clothing before have been frustrating, to say the least. And, this isn't just a skirt - it's to be lined and have an invisible zipper! On the one hand, the weekend workshop is a wonderful opportunity for me to learn some new skills with a real-live teacher to help. That'll be a first! On the other hand, I'm afraid I'll destroy my supplies, be the dork of the class and not even like what I make (entirely my fault, of course). And then there's the thought, what if I annoy Anna Maria and she doesn't like me at all? (Wait, is this still high school?). Ahem. And there's all my cards.
So, chin up, I'm going to Nashville. I'm bringing along two fabric options because I really couldn't decide. Hoping you could help me with that! The skirt I'm making is a fairly common style with gathers that fall all around from under a wide drop yoke/waistband. I think it's to look something like this one made by my friend Amanda of Little Cumulus, but with not quite as long of a drop yoke.
Anyhoo, here are my fabric options.
Option 1: familiar quilting cotton. a fabric I have no other use for. would have to make drop yoke/waistband out of the ash gray as shown, because do not have enough of print. the birds are great, and I like this kind of over-sized, open print for a skirt. a little too rainbow bright for a grown woman, perhaps? still, I think I would wear it. my husband says I will (yes, I am surprised he has an opinion on that).
Option 2: silky cotton voile (by Anna Maria, no less). a fabric I purchased for this project and it was pricey. afraid it will slip when I sew. afraid I will destroy it (I could save it for something else). the colors in the print are more "me" for clothes. the print is a little small and may make me look bigger? Aria thinks this fabric is dreamy. she is right.
Please help me decide!