Friday, May 16, 2014

Flirting the Issue Sew-Along {link party}

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image by Anna Maria Horner
Time to celebrate!  We're making skirts using Anna Maria Horner's free Flirting the Issue skirt pattern.  This skirt has an elasticized waist, so it's easy to fit and zipper-free.  Fits any size!

Today's Link Party will be open through Tuesday, May 20th.  That gives you the weekend to finish yours, plus a few days load a photo here.  I can't wait to see what you made!  Two participants picked at random from the Link Party will receive gift certificates donated by Fat Quarter Shop and Pink Chalk Fabrics!

::Materials::  May 2nd
::Cutting:: May 12th
::First Steps::  May 13th
::Elastic/Hemming:: May 14th
::Link Party:: Now!


I finished my second skirt, the voile, yesterday.  I feel so lucky to have two new skirts for summer!


Flirting the Issue skirts!

Sorry I don't have photos wearing them.  Yesterday it rained all day long, which blocked my window of opportunity.  But, you can still get the gist here.  Since I'm short-waisted, I wear these skirts low on the waist and they hit an inch or so above the knee.  They're super comfortable!

voile vs. quilting cotton skirts

I'm so glad I decided to go ahead and make one in quilting cotton.  I 100% recommend quilting cotton for the Flirting the Issue skirt.  It's different than the voile, but not in a bad way at all.  As you can see by the way they're hanging here, the voile (at left) hangs mostly straight down.  When worn, it tends to fall close to the legs as you move and feels like you're wearing a wisp of a cloud.  The quilting cotton (at right) flares out more, creating more of an A-line shape.  It also feels light.  Lots of air-flow up those legs, haha!

in Leah Duncan Meadow from Fat Quarter Shop

Don't you love how this Leah Duncan Meadow fabric looks as a skirt?  Now I need the perfect peach top to wear with it, or I could always resort to a white one. 

in Mind's Eye Tambourine from Pink Chalk

I knew I'd love to wear this Anna Maria Horner Mind's Eye fabric.  It's such a gorgeous shade of aqua.

cheery voile lining!

I did manage to line the voile skirt with this coral voile.  It was hard to resist making the coral into yet another skirt!  I lined the quilting cotton skirt with muslin.  I really think muslin works fine as a lining.  Personally, I won't spring for a silky synthetic or voile lining unless I'm also making a voile outer.  Even then, I don't find it makes much of a difference, but maybe I'm just not picky about these things.

Ok, so I've shown you mine.  Let's see yours!

::To Enter::

Each finished skirt qualifies as one entry.  You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can upload your image right from your computer!  For a tutorial on how to enter the Link Party, see here.  This party is open worldwide.  Load your image by midnight, eastern time on Tuesday, May 20th.  $50 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate and $25 Pink Chalk Fabrics gift certificate winners will be announced on Wednesday!


28 comments:

  1. Your skirts look fabulous! I love the cotton fabric you used, such a nice pattern. I finished mine to so I will try to upload the link. Thanks so much for the sew-along! Because you broke it up in steps you persuaded me to make one as well. It looked less intimidating.
    I'm really happy with the skirt and will certainly make one again.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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    1. I'm so glad it made it less intimidating. Well done!

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  2. I hope to get mine done in time!

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  3. Thanks for the sew along! It was fun! I agree that the quilting cotton flared out just right. I want to make more! I may just try sewing the channels with elastic thread next time and skip inserting the elastic bands all together. I don’t know how you pulled all four in at the same time. I did two with this tube turner but it got harder as the skirt gathered. So I tried two safety pins until I realized when I got to the seam that for every few inches I moved over for one pin, the other got pulled back so I gave up and did only one at a time, which I thought went much faster. In any case, this pattern was super easy and the result is so nice.

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    1. I meant to mention that it was much easier pulling the elastic through voile as opposed to quilting cotton. Fortunately I did the quilting cotton first, so when I got to the voile it was a relief. I've never used elastic thread, but that sounds like a great idea!

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  4. San Diego's fires filled our home with evacuees. No possibility of sewing! Everyone going home today. It was actually lots of fun and laughs (considering some homes in danger), but I'm exhausted! We had visiting dogs also; felt like a kennel! Our Pippa is curled up asleep and may stay that way all day. I'm going to relax and read.

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  5. Thanks for the kick up the bum Rachel, I'd been meaning to make this skirt for ages and never got round to it til now!

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  6. I'm hemming mine this weekend...hopefully I can get a picture up soon...such a cute fast and simple skirt!

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  7. I really want to see them on! C'mon ladies-let's see you rock them!

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  8. This is proof positive that I need to get back into my blog reading. !! Rachel, these skirts are so gorgeous. I LOVE the Leah Duncan one. Every print of hers I want to make clothes out of. (word from quilt market is she's got some voile coming?!) This would be a great Liberty lawn skirt pattern too. Love how the waistband is so cleanly finished. What a fun spring sew-along-idea!

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    1. Yes, it was perfect for spring! I wore mine today. Glad you stopped by =)

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  9. Really enjoyed making these, loving on voile in a big way, and now that these are made, I have permission to make more for my teenage daughter, who will allow me to make them slightly longer as they are "just so comfy".

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  10. When I was making this skirt, I realized that there is no reason why it couldn't be reversible, as long as the fabrics aren't too different. I lined mine in muslin, but maybe I'll make another with a dual personality :-)

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    1. I agree with that, you would just have to hem both layers at the same length!

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  11. I wonder if this would work in linen, I have some gorgeous AMH linen, but the pattern is so large I was struggling to know what to do with it. Or do you think it would be too thick and stiff?

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    1. I think it could work in a lightweight linen. But with AMH's recent printed linens I think you'd really struggle to gather the skirt. Getting the elastic through might be a real challenge!

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  12. I can't believe I actually made a successful skirt that I love so much!! And that I actually got some decent photos of it on, lol! Thank you so much for introducing me to this pattern - I can't wait to make more!! And yes, that elastic casing was hard! But so worth it!

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    1. Congratulations, Alyce! So glad you joined us.

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  13. Thanks for such a great sew along, and really good photos of each step, it made it so easy!!!

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    1. You're so welcome, Marci and every one else! I'm glad we did it =)

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  14. I did the spring green voile and the fall Art Gallery cotton red. The way I hemmed the spring green one, I tucked the lining and the outer voile to the inside, so it makes the skirt basically reversible. (I did it just as an experiment, really, since the plain light blue lining voile isn't really my personal palette, but I wanted to see if it would work. Less pressure when trying on not-as-loved fabric like the light blue!)

    My second skirt is Art Gallery's lovely cotton quilting, but good grief, doing the elastic was tough! I ended up trying some shirring to see if I could skip putting elastic in every single one of the little channels. The shirring helped some, so I skipped one of the channels. Honestly, that was the hardest part of the skirt, hands down.

    I really like how both turned out--I may make a third next weekend with some best-beloved Liberty in my stash. (Really needed to feel confident before cutting into that fabric.)

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  15. So Rachel, what's the verdict? Quilting cotton or voile? I won't be able join the sew along but I will be making one of these skirts in the near future. I just have to!

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    1. A hearty - either! I think the longer you're making the skirt, the more voile may be desirable, just because the quilting cotton will be full and the voile will fall close to the legs. But, it really depends on your look and style. I personally would be happy making it again in either fabric type for my above-the-knee style.

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  16. Thank you so much Rachel for doing this sew-a-long! It's the first skirt I've had success making. I'm actually thinking of trying another garment!

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  17. I'm sad that I missed this - I just got busy. But I'm excited to have this as a reference to come back to. I look forward to browsing the linky party to see how everyone approached the pattern!

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