Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Flirting the Issue

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I played baseball with my brother in the backyard as often as he would agree to play with a girl. This would only be when I could catch him between Atari, playing army with Steve Beck up the street, his daily ingestion of $1.49 Totino's frozen pizza, and better offers to do more fun things with cooler kids. I was tomboyish, but not a typical tomboy. I liked playing with the boys best because they seemed to argue less, but I also liked figuring out things that were pretty too, like fancy barbie clothes and flower doodles on my math folder. It took me a while to dress like a girl though. Most of it seemed a fuss, got in the way of doing more important things like catching pop flies. (If you're here for anything of value, please skip down to the last part of this post, I'll turn my back.)

It took me a while to figure this all out. Girlness. And clothes. And how girls wore clothes. And what seemed most important was that if I was going to do that, I didn't want to do it like any other girl. I have vivid evidence of this stored in my brain. My mom might remember this. (I'm hoping my brother doesn't, or he'll never play catch with me again.) One night as I lay in bed scheming of how I would talk George into playing catch the next day, I also schemed a better way to wear a skirt.

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I had a short, flouncy skirt that cinched in at the waist. I did not like anything that was tight around my tummy (nor wool, nor collars, nor highwaisted pants). So I decided that I could wear the skirt like a poncho, waistline around my neck, with jeans, the flow of the skirt leaving me plenty of room to catch and throw a baseball. I even got up out of bed, closed the door, turned on my light, dug my skirt out of the pile on my closet floor and held it up to my neck to see if it would be long enough to meet my jeans. Perfect. Lights out, back to bed. Dreams that even George would think its cool.

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"What are you wearing!?" said he.
"Shut up, lets go throw." said I.
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"Anna Maria Demacopoulos, what on earth are you wearing?!" from the lady in the kitchen window. And it was back to tshirts. Eventually I figured a few things out.

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For one, I figured out this new skirt, that has a very uncanny resemblance to my childhood neck skirt. But. You should wear it like this. At your waist. (It also looks great sitting low on the waist, across the hips.)

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Then glance towards the glow of the window, offer a demure smile, and no one will need to be convinced that you are both a girl and know just exactly how to be. Despite the time and fashion hiccups it took to get there.

Here's your link to the Flirting the Issue Skirt pdf. This is the same skirt design that you've seen here and here.

I've organized all my free patterns onto a new page called "make" at the website so that they are no longer polluting my sidebar here. That felt good!

And yes, we made some kits too. I think this would be the perfect Valentines Date skirt.
(don't forget your baseball mitt!)

xo, Anna

79 comments:

  1. Oh the things childish imagination can contrive! I'm glad that seed of an idea hung around long enough to grow into this skirt. Something beautiful.

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  2. Anna Maria, you are adorable. I love your recollections... thoughts and feelings so familiar to me.
    Your skirt is beautiful, and I bet you could wear it anyway you like and still catch a pop-fly!

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  3. hi,
    wonderful skirt!!! perfect for the upcoming spring time...

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  4. As I read this entry I could not help smiling...and remembering...my daughter, and yes...myself. This is a wonderful skirt pattern...great possibilities there. I have saved the pdf for later. But not much later. LOVE the front skirt in the first image!

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  5. The skirt is so cute, and the bag in the first shot is to die for. I want one :-)

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  6. Thanks so much for the pattern! I will definitely be trying this out!

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  7. I got this post, I'm a girly girl who like all the boy things too! The skirt is beautiful, and oh so flirty - love it!

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  8. thank you :) from the bottom of my heart thank you :) i've been wanting to make skirts like this for so long but had no idea where to even begin. again, thank you :) i can't wait to start making some (and by some I mean like a gazillion!)

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  9. Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!
    I have been waiting for this day since I first saw this skirt on your blog. How wonderful that the waist is not shirred using elastic thread--but has casings with elastic threaded through. I love it!

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  10. A cute skirt with a forgiving elastic waist? Perfect! Especially post-baby. Thank you!

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  11. Yea! This is such a treat, thank you for sharing your amazing talent! I can't wait to sneak this project into my to do pile.

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  12. I love it! Your post really struck a cord with me as I was an absolute tomboy with this odd streak of fashion fascination. Glad to know I'm not the only paradox out there. Thanks for the great pattern.

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  13. Is that your fabric in the first image in front? I love it and must have it! Which fabric is it?
    Thanks!

    So beautiful!

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  14. I just made this skirt this past weekend out of your purple "loves me loves me not" fabric and it looks great! It was an easy pattern to do and very rewarding because I will actually wear it. Thanks for the free pattern :)

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  15. I just checked out the new 'make' page and noticed some of the links go to 'Page Not Found' instead of the correct page....

    thanks for the tutorial! I loved making the Museum Tunic and I can't wait to try this skirt. I might just wear it for my Valentine's date with my husband :)

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  16. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that skirt! Can't wait for warmer weather here in the midwest so I can wear a few of those :)

    Thanks for the freebie pattern!

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  17. Natalie~ thank you! All the links should be fixed now :)

    lusksteiner~ yes one of mine- its called slowdance- have a look here:

    http://store.annamariahorner.com/slowdanceskirt.html

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  18. don't know why anyone would want to miss this story, and for someone is so utterly feminine now, I just can't imangine it! Thanks for sharing your pattern!
    Happy Valentines Week...

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  19. So excited for this PDF Anna Maria, thank you! I watched you explain it in Palm Springs and bought a kit but quickly forgot. Can't wait to sew it up this weekend! :-)

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  20. that is SUCH a cute skirt! and all the fabrics look so good as skirts too!

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  21. YES. I have been waiting for this one to release! Thank you!

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  22. Anonymous3:46 PM

    So adorable! And easy!

    Think it'd be easy to accommodate a pregnant belly under all of that elastic? Do you know tricks for adding length to accommodate a large frontal protuberance? :)

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  23. Very fun skirt. Thank you!

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  24. Thanks so much for the pattern! This is a beautiful skirt!

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  25. Thanks Anna! Your the best!

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  26. Cindy G5:38 PM

    You Rock! My daughter started a school with a "dress code" after Christmas. Not uniforms, but long enough skirts, we've had a heck of a time finding stuff for her to wear! I might just try to make one tonight! :)

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  27. Gorgeous! Speaking of imaginative ways to wear clothes, you might get a kick out of seeing my son wearing my version of your Roundabout Dress:

    http://lempobee.blogspot.com/2011/02/special-guest-model.html

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  28. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  29. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking for a skirt pattern EXACTLY like this one - you are so nice for posting this! Love your fabrics/blog/website!

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  30. Ok, that skirt is so cute. I want it in every print! Thank you for sharing the pattern with us.

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  31. thank you so very much, I'm terribly excited to make one for myself! it took me a while to figure out how to properly wear a skirt, dress shoes and to do make up, so glad I finally found my way!! cheers

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  32. i've been waiting for this! :) thanks for the freebie...do you think it would work as well with elastic thread rather than making casings for elastic?

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  33. Anonymous9:36 PM

    innocent crush on you, your fabrics, and this skirt!! thank you...i feel ya on not wanting things to hug the middle. i liked to rock my velour sweat suits with my cowboy boots. good stuff.

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  34. Anonymous9:37 PM

    i dont like anonymous...tiffany schwedland said: ...previous comment.

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  35. perfect post.... great story and a free pattern Well done mama!

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  36. ummm - awesome! i was just looking at my closet lamenting how i have nothing to wear out on the town - problem solved!

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  37. You are so clever! I've been waiting for this patterns to see how you did the waistline. Simple, elegant solution to all those casings - I love it.

    I had to laugh at your post because I was a tom boy, too. I spent all of grade 1 wearing my cousin's hand-me-down jeans and one of those t-shirts from the early 80's with a sparkly, iron-on kitty

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  38. I've decided that you need to have your own line of yarn. Scrumptious yarn that will match your scrumptious fabrics in all those fabulous colorways. That way if I make that skirt, I can knit that sweater and if I make that quilt, I can crochet a throw to match....Yep, it's decided...you need to explore this- I know you're not busy enough ;)

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  39. Pretty skirt, looks perfect for both around the house and out and about! Thanks...if I feel brave might attempt it!

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  40. I have admired this skirt in the background of your blog and was hoping it would be an available pattern this year. So thank you once again for your generousity with your blogging. And I'm not just refering to your free instuctions (which I totally dig!)but your writing is so honest and pure. As one mother to another, one sister to another, one wife etc. I can't tell you how much I enjoy your blog! Thanks for taking the time to share.

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  41. Hooray!!! I've been waiting for this for so long, ever since the first pics appeared on your blog!!! I can't wait to make it!!! Thank you, thank you!! Also, I love the story you included too! :-)

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  42. THANK YOU!!! What a kind early Valentines Day present. I'll get started tomorrow!

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  43. Anonymous3:39 PM

    Thanks so much for posting! I've been teaching myself to sew on a machine my mom received when she was 12 (making the machine 40 years old) and have struggled with using elastic thread. The casings for elastic on this pattern are wonderful.

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  44. Anonymous3:52 PM

    You simply rock, Anna Maria!

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  45. Your posts are always wonderful, but this one brought an especially huge smile to my face amidst an otherwise crummy day. Thanks, as always!

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  46. Seriously? I just sat down and drew out a pattern very similar to this one yesterday. I love it. Mine will be just a little different. I also designed mine to be worn at the natural waist line. Funny. I've been doing that with a lot of my stuff lately...I love it!

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  47. I love your stories! That's why I began to read your blog!

    I don't like things on my waist or high-waisted pants, either. I also abhorred turtlenecks as a child, but I quickly turned a 180 on that one. Funny how you can change as you get older.

    But I was never ever clever enough to come up with a neck skirt. Bonus points to you. ;)

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  48. Anonymous11:47 PM

    Just the encouragement for Spring I need! LOVE stories of brothers...we played football, instead, but I could catch a GRREAT hanger! --- Trenna

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  49. That's a brilliant skirt pattern! I will definitely be making myself at least one this spring.

    True confessions: I am, at almost 42 years old, still trying to figure out how to dress like a girl. I was a consummate tomboy - always climbing trees and exploring in the bush; going hunting and fishing with my dad. I just can't seem to figure out the shoes/hair/accessories. Oh well... I'll just keep trying.

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  50. But where did you find Juliana's cardigan?? I've been searching for a similar look...

    Such beautiful skirts! Thanks Anna!

    love, Apphia

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  51. Oh gorgeous, I can't wait to make one!

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  52. Love, Love , Love the skirt and Love , Love, Love YOU too...you're a breathe of fresh air every time you post, thanks for sharing!

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  53. Thanks so much for this pattern! I've been dying for it to come out! :)

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  54. I've lost alot of weight and it is hard on the budget to build up a whole new wardrobe all at once. That is why I am so happy to find your skirt instructions on your website. Now I can make several affordable skirts to get me into spring and summer. Thanks!

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  55. those skirts are gorge!

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  56. Yay! A friend and I are going to get together and each make one. Anything preventing this skirt from being made of two patterned fabrics and being reversible?

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  57. Alyssa- Would be perfect reversible :) Just be sure that the direction of your hem seams turn against each other. Also, will just need to make a nice neat job of blindstitching the casings shut - have fun!!

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  58. I love your stories! That's why I began to read your blog!

    I don't like things on my waist or high-waisted pants, either. I also abhorred turtlenecks as a child, but I quickly turned a 180 on that one. Funny how you can change as you get older.

    But I was never ever clever enough to come up with a neck skirt. Bonus points to you. ;)2945abc45 0212

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  59. You are awesome! Thanks for the free pattern!

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  60. I love this pattern, (especially the elastic casings), and am working on my second version of it already. It is going to be a little less full though, as the 60" of gathered fabric ended up looking too bulky on my butt and hips!

    A note about the pattern: If you want the seams of the lining to face in (not show), you need think about how you sew the outer skirt to the lining. Instead of 'right sides together' as the pattern suggests, I think I did right side of lining to wrong side of skirt... this also makes it much easier to feed the elastic through the seams.

    Thanks again for the lovely pattern!

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  62. LOVE all your posts and your style...such beauty! I'm starting my own blog, as well. Take a visit!! www.lauradrodesigns.blogspot.com

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  63. Thank you thank you! I am due in 4 weeks with baby #2 and we're going into the very hot, dry summer of the Prairies. I don't want to be stuck in capris and tanks with the leftover belly all summer so this will be the perfect way to be comfy, stylish AND disguise the rolls.

    Bless you!

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  64. Anonymous12:41 AM

    What fabric is the pink skirt made out of in the big picture?

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  67. I finished making this for myself last night & wanted to let you know how much I love it. Thanks for the great instructions. I was not expecting the end prodcut to look as amazing as it does. Thanks again! I will definitely be making more =)

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  68. I love this skirt!!!!! Make some myself to enjoy summer!!!!
    Thanx for the PDF

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  70. Wow your story has sold me on making a skirt this weekend. I'm not much of a girly girl. I do the makeup and the accessories and hte jewelry but fashionably I'm a bit of a tom boy (jeans, sneakers, tshirts.) About a year ago (at 25 if you can believe it) I finally started blow drying my hair daily and straightening it instead of always putting it in a pony tail. That was a big step for me! After the conductors on the train teased me this week about whether or not I even OWN a skirt I think it's time to show them what's up. This simple skirt tutorial might be my way to bridge that gap once and for all.

    Now just to figure out if I have shoes to wear...eep! Thanks so much for your story, that might have been more helpful than the tutorial for me (*kicked in the pants*)

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  74. That's a beautiful skirt.. where can I buy that???? Thanks.

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