Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Two new favorites...

Okay, so as of yesterday I have two new things to add to the list of favorites in my life.

1) These damn skirts. I cranked three out in a matter of about a half hour yesterday, and I'm itching to make more. NEED. MORE. FABRIC. This may become an obsession. They're fun, they're easy, they're adorable and heck, they're even comfy. I really enjoyed your comments after yesterday's post. I'm glad to know that so many of you don't consider yourselves girly. I find a lot of comfort in that. I'm also glad to know that there's a whole other category in between girly and total tomboy. And that, my friends, is where we fit.

I wanted to wear one of the skirts today, but despite the 48 degree temperature potential, it's pouring rain and chilly. Not skirt friendly weather, unfortunately. So, I brought them back to work, put them on hangers and took a few pictures of the finished product. What do you think?

Oh, and I'd love to hear all about it if you decided to make one (or several) of these for yourself.

2) Penelope. No, not Penelope Cruz, as Google thought I was referring to when I went searching for images for this post. Yuck. I'm talking about Penelope the movie, one of the sweetest films I've seen in a long time. It's a fairy tale, so if you're not into that sort of thing you might want to skip it. But if you're like me and you enjoy escaping reality as often as possible, this is definitely for you. I've always found Christina Ricci a bit, uh, odd, I guess, but she was so great in this I couldn't believe it. Even Reese Witherspoon was great! Plus, James McAvoy is in it, too, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. Scrumptious.

Anyway, the person who designed the sets for this movie deserves a huge medal. Amazing stuff. I wanted to move all of my crap into Penelope's bedroom and never leave.

14 comments:

Lemongrass Studio said...

Adore the skirts! Great fabric. I still shutter at the thought of trying to figure out the elastic and hem situations. When I can afford some fabric, I promise to give it a try, I've saved the bookmark even! I've never heard of the Penelope movie, currently available to rent? I appreciate the movie referral, there are so few good ones lately...

Kate said...

The elastic part is super simple, I think, because it doesn't involve a casing. I hate making a casing and then struggling to jam the elastic through it without twisting the elastic at the same time. What a pain! This is super easy, though. Just follow the tutorial. She's got everything broken down so it's easy to follow.

I think Penelope came out in 2006, so it's not all that new, but new to me! So cute. I caught it on one of the pay channels...Showtime, maybe?

Elisabeth said...

Love the skirts, they are so super cute!!! Is the fabric 100% cotton?

Kate said...

Yep, just straight up quilters cotton. It's cheaper that way and lighter weight for summer.

Albany Jane said...

I adore skirts, and these are so very cute! I say slap on some tights and wear 'em!

Elisabeth said...

Thanks, Kate! I hate to sound so uppity and old fashioned, but how are they for modesty? I once made a skirt with quilting cotton and it turned out to be kinda see-through-ish in full light (ie, better lighting than our dimly-lit cavern of a loft :P), which of course mortified me! D:
I really want to try this idea out today if I find time. I have a lot of cute fabrics that would work and plenty of trims and elastics. And I could always use new clothes! :)

Kate said...

I haven't had a problem with it, but I find if you use a darker print, or something busy, it's pretty opaque. I held mine up to the light once I got them into the shop and they seem fine. You could always line them, too, I'm sure. Just an extra step.

Elisabeth said...

Thanks! I will give it a try asap and of course I'll let you know the result. :)

leah said...

egads the design of that movie is to die for. i think i will move into her bedroom with you!

Nancy said...

Kate great skirts, think I am going to buy a sewing machine and start trying some things, this looks like a great starter project. You'll look great in them I know!!!!! nancy

Good Girls Studio said...

cuteness!

Alana Marie said...

Loved Penelope too! At first, when I saw the commercials for it, I wasn't sure if it was going to be good, but I netflixed it!

Also, I'm a new to sewing- just received a sewing machine for my birthday- any tips for new sewers?

Anonymous said...

Will some skirts be available at your shop in the (hopefully, near) future? :-D

Jaimee said...

I've got tons to catch up on. I've been away far too long!
LOVE those skirts...so perfect for spring & summer days at the beach. I can picture just tossing one on over your bathing suit.
Too cute!