Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Felicities

Whee! It's Friday! Gotta love those two-(work)day weeks.

My felicity today is that I successfully made myself a skirt!

Barcelona skirt success
Photographer is 4.75 years old hence the focus problem.

It's the Amy Butler Barcelona A-line skirt with about 4" lopped off the bottom (seriously, the pattern seems to have set the length for maximum stumpification of legs) and sans zipper. I was given some stretch cotton recently and decided to make up the pattern to see how the sizing was and whether I liked the outcome.

I was unsure how to handle the stretch cotton because the pattern calls for quilting weight cotton which obviously has no stretch. So I sought the advice of two garment sewing experts, Lili from Spool of Thread who regularly teaches the Barcelona skirt as a class at the shop, and Heather, a fellow VMQG member and fabulous garment sewist. Lili suggested that if the cotton were stretchy enough, I could probably forego the zipper (YES PLEASE!), and she also gave me some good tips for fitting the skirt. Heather suggested I could leave the skirt unlined if the fabric were thick enough (time saver? YES PLEASE!), and told me how to make a waistband facing.

I was so buoyed by my success that I went ahead and ordered a pattern for a pencil skirt! And I'm going to go buy some stretch denim now to make myself a denim version of the Barcelona skirt. Hurrah!

strike a pose
Another "felicity" in my life doing what makes her happy: dancing!

So what are your felicities this week? Do tell, and please link up and share.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I love the blurry pic. :)
    I like that pattern, but I agree, the shape needs to be altered. :) I was ok with the length, but I didn't like the crazy high waist! Looks great!

  2. Cute skirt! Woot, woot garment sewing.

  3. Woah, too much sass for one post! You and your girl are seriously working those skirts! :)

  4. I love that skirt! I may need to get that pattern as it is so hard to find a-line skirts anywhere!

    That photo is super special (gotta lobe the little ones)! :)

  5. I love the kid pics ; ) So I linked up, and linked back to your blogpost... but I can't figure out the button in the post linky thing.

    Well I'm excited for Friday Felicities! : ) Thanks for doing this!

    Monika in Saskatoon

  6. Killer skirt! Stretch denim? Awesome idea!

  7. Great skirt, Felicity. I have that pattern too - and I've had fabric washed and ready to go for about 3 years. Maybe I should just make it already?!?

  8. Felicity... don't be scared by zippers.... totally not hard. I can show you how to put one in. The easiest and best looking are the invisible zippers but you do need a special invisible zipper foot.

  9. Wow, that's a great skirt, and with no zipper or lining, even I could handle that...

  10. I missed out on linking but really love the skirt. I don't make clothes so anyone who does is just amazing in my book.

  11. Yay for a new skirt and a budding photographer!

  12. cute skirt! And while your photographer may occasionally blur the pictures, she is so adorable that she is easily excused!


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