I sewed a little...

...this weekend and it felt great! These gorgeous Lantern Bloom fabrics by Laura Gunn had been burning a hole in my new fabric shelves and I'm so glad I finally figured out what to make with them. It needed to be something that showcased the gorgeous painterly designs like a canvas. First I made myself the skirt on the far left Friday morning and took it for a test drive when I met some friends for a late lunch. It was super comfy and fun to wear!

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Then Saturday morning I decided to make some for the girls. They picked their own fabric combos. How fun is that?! I hemmed mine with some coordinating bias tape I had sitting around the studio but for theirs, I decided on a contrasting rolled hem and I *LOVE* how they turned out.

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The extra wide shirred waistband makes for a super comfy fit... never too tight, never too loose! These will be great for our Florida vacation in a couple of weeks! YAY! :)

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Also, earlier in the week I made myself some patchwork curtains for my new studio. In case these fabrics look somewhat familiar to you, yes, these were made using the rejected strike-offs from Mezzanine. We always pitch lots of colors and even subtle variations within the colors. Some may have a cream ground versus a white ground. Some may just have a darker green tone than others. There's even full colorways that may be experimented with that never make it to the final round. This is pretty much the only way we can see how the finished product will look. And then the toughest part comes... the guillotine!

I always have a soft spot in my heart for the so-called 'rejects'. I truly love all of them, so here goes my tribute to the almost-Mezzanines...

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I'm not sure if this curtain will stay in the studio or if it will make its way into another naked window in our house. I'll make my final decision next week before the full studio reveal. :)

26 comments:

  1. Great skirts and I love your pieced strikeoff curtains!

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  2. Ack! You cut the lavender!! I love it (I hope you use it in a future line). Those skirts are perfect vacation skirts and Laura's fabric is amazing!

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  3. I knew I would have loved all the killed off ones...sigh..

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  4. oh, and I am working on Lantern Bloom too...acutally just finished with a project...funny...

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  5. Love the skirts...they looks amazing and comfortable.

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  6. I'm so sad you cut the lavender. There just aren't enought good purple fabrics out there. I'm with Jona; please use it again later.

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  7. Love the skirts! Love the lavender - it jumped right out at me! I just ordered some lantern bloom and a bunch of mezzanine (plus 2 of your patterns!). It may arrive today, (although I am definitely not stalking my UPS man - I would never do that)! Can't wait to play and make some more things for my shop!

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  8. Those look great - How big did you make the skirts before shirring?

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  9. Oh, those skirts are killer. I love the hems -- i can never get my rolled hems to look good!

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  10. Awesome skirts :) You need to do a photo shoot of all 3 of you in them! & it's neat to see those patchwork pieces...wow!

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  11. Great stuff as always, Patty! I love those skirts -- they look so comfy!

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  12. The curtains look rad!!! Glad they worked out!

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  13. I love your pictures - what camera do you use?? Good eye!

    Beautiful girls too!

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  14. Love, love, love the patchwork curtains! Although I don't know all the details of the studio design, they seem to really work!!! Keep them there!!!

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  15. Hey girl,

    love the curtains. What a great idea. I hated parting with some of the colorways in my line.

    love the skirts. So fun to see what other people do with your fabric.

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  16. Oooohhh, I absolutely LOVE those skirts!!! You all did a great job picking fabrics, gorgeous!

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  17. Cute skirts! I have yet to try a rolled hem but now you've got me all inspired, so I guess I am going to give it a whirl! Love your curtains too. Too bad all your strike offs couldn't be in your new line!

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  18. Thank you all for the lovely comments!

    And to answer some questions...

    Heather, I used the full width of the fabric on all 3 skirts. It made it more form-fitting on me and twirlier on the girls. The shirring makes for a perfect fit around the waist.

    Bernie, I shoot with a Nikon d700 and ether a 50 mm 1.4 lens or a 35mm 2.0 lens.

    Supa and Jenny, for a great rolled hem you need to use either Wooly Nylon or Polyarn on the upper looper then play with your serger's differential feed and tension until you see absolutely no gaps between the threads.

    For everyone who commented on my lavender rejects, yes, I will definitely work that colorway into a future collection. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    patty

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  19. Patty,

    These skirts are CRAZY gorgeous! Bravo!

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  20. I would have loved the lavendar green! Thay all look so nice!

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  21. You were able to put those beautiful rejects to such great use! :)

    I love those skirts, and even more I love that your girls picked their own combinations. How fun!

    I can't wait for your studio reveal!

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  22. Oh My gosh! I love that lavender colorway! I agree with everyone else-- bring it in in another line. Love it! I have some Mezz waiting to be cut and made into something fabulous...just need to catch up on these pesky orders. Can't wait to get to it!

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  23. I'd love if you could talk about a good technique for shirring. Your skirts are awesome. I can do some basic sewing but I do not know how to do that. I'd love to know!

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  24. Love the skirts, Patty. I made myself and aqua one, too. I adore Laura's fabrics.

    I love the curtains you made, too. Yes, please to the lavender!

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  25. Just picked up some of your Mezzanine fabric over the weekend. Can't wait to use it....Just gorgeous!

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