Skirt Week

This post was going to be about the wonder of buttons and a commentary on the fantastic Slate article on the history of buttons. But then I logged in to see a comment telling me I won a prize in Skirt week and now I’m too giddy to talk about buttons. My Crescent skirt won “Judge’s Choice” for the Full Skirt Category and I’m feeling all Sally Field: “You like me! Right now you like me!”

Speaking of buttons – I now have a button:

I never win anything! Okay, that’s not true. I have won something twice. In about 2002 I won “Fire Safety Week” draw at my work, and an e-mail went out to the whole Department (over 1000 people) saying I’d won and advising me to collect my prize. I did and it was a…fire extinguisher! Very useful indeed, but not quite as exciting as the e-mail had intimated. Another time I entered a draw at my supermarket. First prize was a year’s worth of groceries. I did not win first prize. I won second, and it was a snowboard. I do not snowboard. And it was a large man’s snowboard. And I won it in May. We sold it on Craig’s list a few years later so that worked out. But needless to say, this was far more exciting than either of those occasions.

Thanks to Crafter’s Hour for hosting the contest, and thanks to every single judge. I won by one vote, so every vote really did count! And wow, there were some truly lovely skirts on there, some of them beautifully elaborate. That Star Wars skirt is awesome! I wish I had some Star Wars fabric – P would go wild for it.

Crescent Skirt

I didn’t have to work this weekend, which was absolutely lovely. The past few months have been insane, and I spent much of last week sick, and then the weekend at the office. Our big deliverable was due Thursday, which meant I was actually FREE! Since I work four days a week that meant three lovely, long days of non-work related activities.

For those of you who don’t consider domestic activities to be relaxing, this may sound insane, but in my non-working bliss, I made homemade ice cream, cookies and a cake as well as homemade soup. I also knitted the cuff of a sock for my sock-making class, finished my Crescent Skirt, started and finished (other than buttons) a Lisette Traveler Dress and weeded the garden. My productivity was vastly aided by the fact that J was out on Friday night. Oh, and I went on a five hour bike ride with J. The kids are coming back from the park any minute with J to have soup. Perfection.

In the meantime, I will share you with the Crescent Skirt… I did as threatened and used the same fabric as I did for M’s Hopscotch Skirt.

Crescent Skirt

I think the Sewaholic patterns all use geographic names from around this area, so I was trying to figure out what “Crescent” refers too. I think it must be the beach out in White Rock. I actually don’t know the suburbs of my city very well, so I can’t really picture what the beach is like. I keep thinking of Crescent Street in Montreal, which has a much different reputation. It may have changed in the past few years, but it was a place with clubs and pubs and bars and lots of drunken tourists everywhere. But strangely, I think this skirt pattern could work for either location.


The details:
Pattern: Sewaholic Crescent
Fabric: Lisette Twill from Joann’s
Difficulty: Hm… intermediate-ish? It’s not a difficult pattern, but cutting out the many, many pieces for the waistband, then interfacing them all, took a little bit of time, as did the yoke.
Cost: Hm, pattern was $17 or $18? Fabric, maybe $15 worth? I probably used about 2 yards. I also accidentally cut one piece two short, which meant I had to recut.
Time: Maybe 4-5 hours? The first night, I just traced, cut and interfaced, and then I sewed it in a few little spurts of activity.
Muslin made? No… I didn’t think I’d need to since it was really only the waist measurement that mattered. It does sit lower than I expected – above the hips rather than on my natural waist. I could have easily changed after making the waistband, but I decided to go with it. I think it would also look cute a size smaller and sitting up higher on the waist though.

Oh, and here’s the Rhubarb Cake I made:

Rhubarb Cake

Bonus is that, although P loved helping me harvest our ginormous rhubarb plant, he doesn’t seem to like rhubarb. So I get to eat all!!! Yum. The cookies on the other hand…

Hopscotch Skirt

It’s been such beautiful weather lately here. We had a few rough and rainy summers, so I hope this one is going to be different.

I noticed a few blogs were promoting Skirt week (or maybe Skirt fortnight?) so I decided to focus on skirts this week. First one I made was this Hopscotch Skirt for Miss M. Have to say, it’s really hard to take a good picture of a (n almost) two-year old in a skirt, what the waistband all snug under her belly and the gaping skirt and the neon “Holey” shoes she insisted on wearing. In fact this photos might even be an example of why not to make a skirt for a two-year old. But watching her waddle up and down the ladder at the park with a flowery diaper cover underneath is pretty darn cute. Besides, is there anything more comfortable in summer than wearing a skirt?

Hopscotch Skirt

And in the tradition of many sew weekly posts I thought it might be useful to add some summaries
Pattern: Oliver+S Hopscotch
Fabric: Lisette from Joann’s. Is it twill? I’m not sure, but it’s definitely bottom-weight. (Checked, and yes it is twill)
Time to make: About two hours. The construction is very simple. The pockets took a bit of time, as did the buttons.
Skill level: Novice
Size: 2, but it is quite big on this tall lean baby. I bet it will still fit next summer. I always find the O+S patterns to be generously sized, but then my kids are quite thin.
Cost: Pattern was $15 (but I will make this again) and it was about a half yard of fabric, so maybe $8? Only notion was a few cents worth of thread.

With anything I make for M, it has to have a “hook”, and by that I mean something that appeals to her. She is ornery knows what she likes, and otherwise she won’t wear it, insisting on leggings and the same black dinosaur (“ROAR!”) t-shirt. Now I love that t-shirt too, and maybe it would even go well with this skirt. She is much more opinionated on her clothing than P ever was. the only thing I recall him balking on was overalls. The “hook” here is the bright buttons. She is obsessed with buttons. I am always finding them in the toy cash register or purse. (But don’t worry I only let her play with the giant ones which are not choking hazards.)

I’m wondering how dorky it would be if M and I had matching skirts, because I have a lot more of this fabric, and I really like it. I guess we could commit to not wearing them on the same day.