Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Winter Lifting

woven.seat.stitched skirt

The Wintery, clouded-sky forecast I gave in my last post has given way to an almost-Spring day today. So rather than squeezing ourselves up against a window to let a glimmer of light on my latest little stitch-up, my skirt beneficiary enjoyed an outdoor visit with Leo. I used the Flirting the Issue skirt pattern to make this for Isabela, which I've been itching to do ever since we received some new solid voile colors.

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Since the skirt is already lined, it was easy enough to let a little of the lining color peek out from underneath by making it about an 1 1/2 " longer. The running stitches, using the perle cotton, are really so simple and you can see that despite my imperfect stitches (sorry, we were watching Winter's Bone which was, uhh chilling, and so good) the effect of the concentric stripes is so pretty.

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I love it so much. So does Bela. I like the optimistic little peek of pink under the heavier midnight layer.

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Its just how Winter seemed to lift off of us a bit today. Almost there, Spring, wait up!

xo, AM

50 comments:

  1. Very nice! Another idea to file away in my mind - thank you!

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  2. I never get tired of the "primitive" running stitch. Large stitches, chunky thread--so much textural benefit from something so simple.

    (I agree--Winter's Bone was so good. Daniel Woodrell books are in my stack of Spring reading.)

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  3. Very pretty - Love it :)

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  4. Winter's Bone was such an incredible read that I have been hesitant to see the movie, but I keep hearing good reports!

    I like the stitching this way, with a little variance to keep it interesting. Lovely!

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  5. I love those colors together and that stitching -- perfect!

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  6. Just received my first taste of your voile and I want to sit and hold it all day. I hoard your fabric because it is too beautiful to use!

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  7. I remember my infant daughter - who turns 10 tomorrow - having a dress from the Gap that had that same running stitch effect across the bottom. And I remember thinking, I should replicate this one day. 10 years later, no dice.

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  8. I'm in love with your running stitches. What a great color combination!

    I'm a big fan of yours! Thanks for all you do!
    best,
    melis

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  9. Insanely adorable! I love the embroidery on the edge.

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  10. Love how the skirt and sneaks work!! It's something I can see myself in when I was little or even my daughter now.

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  11. You always give me such inspiration and great ideas. I may just have to try that running stitch in some of my weavings...when I get better at it!

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  12. Look at that dimple!
    and the skirt is real purty, too.
    xo, Cheryl

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  13. It has a really old-world-modern feel and I love that she has the Chuck T hightops! I would wear this outfit.

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  14. Anonymous10:28 PM

    Love it! Interestingly, my daughter Ruby and I picked out our Easter skirt fabrics to use your FLIRTING pattern and figured it would indeed be a reversible skirt if we purposefully left the lighter-colored polka-dot liner a tad longer! ---- Trenna

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  15. Thats really lovely, dee x

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  16. The skirt looks fab! Heres hoping spring is there to stay, and autumn makes an appearance where I live.

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  17. What a lovely skirt! I am also looking for things to lift winter off us just a little bit. Today its not happening but SOON we will be able to enjoy the spring!

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  18. Fantastic. I am going to have to start wearing skirts... :-D

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  19. I absolutely love it! What a great idea for the skirt lining and the stitching! But then, you are full of those good ideas!

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  20. Love the new voile colors! Very nice!

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  21. beautiful! i'll have to add it to my list of things to try out. i've got four girls, so no end of little ladies to sew for.

    interesting things happen to my stitching when i try to multitask, too. =) all part of the fun and handmade charm. i've never used perle cotton. something else to try!

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  22. Funny, I spent last night hand-hemming a stack of your solids to make napkins with running stitch just like that! I love the way they turned out and I love that skirt!

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  23. Love the peek of pink with the beautiful hand work!

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  24. what a beautiful skirt! I love the color combos and that stitching along the bottom. I definitely want to make this one too, so I must order some yardage of voile in those fab colors you have!

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  25. Jennifer2:49 PM

    Really lovely! I have an addiction to hand stitching right now, so I am thrilled to have another idea to use it on!!

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  26. I love the detail stitching! So cute!

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  27. I love a girl that can rock 'cons' with a skirt! (oh and both the skirt and the girl are adorable!).

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  28. I love her little dimple. :) and the new colors are great!

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  29. fabulous! i love that it's pink and purple (which, predictably, are my 5 year old's faves) but with a little sophistication. and yes, the dimple just throws the whole thing over the edge! swoon.

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  30. I'll miss winter but can't wait for spring!

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  31. love this skirt ,a festive skirt for spring arriving ... even if here we are in a colder place than you ... we had also a real spring weather theses last days ... a lot of sun and colours, it makes me happy , like visiting your blog!!!!

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  32. Anonymous8:52 AM

    The skirt is beautiful. It is flirty and charming at the same time.

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  33. I love it! It's exactly what's needed for the transition into spring.

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  34. I enjoy your blog.

    However, please don’t tell me that Leo is an “outdoor dog.”

    I am hoping that dilapidated structure is not Leo’s house. If it is, I am calling animal control.

    If Leo cannot be a member of your family, indoors, please contact me and I will find a rescue where he will receive appropriate, loving care.

    The following link provides information about why a dog should not live outside. http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_BackyardDogs.php

    And yes, I will follow through to make sure Leo is not living outside.

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  35. This is a continuation of my earlier comment.

    I truly am hoping that I am wrong - that it is just a misunderstanding. Your post states that you are having an outside visit with Leo - and in the photo there appears to be a rotten dog house.

    This is quite confusing in that you have pictures of Leo on your blog lying on a quilt and lying on a rug. I truly thought he was a member of your family. This last post makes the earlier posts appear to be a sham. It appears that you use Leo to market your products, wear him like a charm bracelet when it is convenient and lucrative for you, and then throw him outside to live as if he was garbage. If that is the case, you are absolutely ethically and morally bankrupt.

    Please tell me that you don't make that loving creature live outside.

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  36. Denise,

    I appreciate that you care so much about animals to make the above inquiry, although I am afraid you've let your imagination run away with you. We let Leo be where he wants to be. This property has several "houses" that existed prior to our being here. That old doghouse is an example of that, but the kids insisted on painting it several years ago for fun but I can assure you that Leo has never "lived" in that house. In addition to that very, very heavy piece of junk (which sort of explains why we've yet to get rid of it) there is a beautiful little play house that my husband built, a wonderfully fun treehouse that Leo is scared to go up (good boy)(again built by my hubby) and a brand new, insulated dog house right up against our own home which is also lined with some cozy straw for him (hubby-built). Leo loves that house. But we also have the whole enclosed back patio that he can lounge on and he can come in our home whenever he chooses to. He spends most nights inside our house, choosing a different kid's room each night.

    Leo really, really enjoys being outside and taking advantage of chasing squirrels on our two acres and reaping the benefits of a large property to get some exercise which is so good for him and also suggested by his vet. He often whines to get out so that he can sit in the sunshine and feel the breeze. He also likes to chat with his other pup friends at two adjacent fences.

    I do have to say, that I am quite taken aback by your suggestions and am amazed that with all that I share here that all it takes is one corner of a dilapidated, old useless, dog house in the bottom of a photo to fuel so much horrible, hurtful assumption. But bc it appears you care so deeply about him, I wanted to take the time to make sure you know that he is a very loved, well cared for, and healthy pup who is currently asleep on my left foot.

    Fresh air is so good for all of us and I might suggest that you take a little more of it for yourself. Or maybe you could post some photos of your home and I can make some unfounded suggestions about your character for you.

    take care, Anna

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  37. Actually I was going to say how much I love the pink peeking out from under the skirt, but then I read the last few comments. Wow, that was a harsh accusation from Denise! It's clear she hasn't followed you or your blog or she'd know better than to assume such a thing. Your reply was extremely fair-minded and generous, Anna Maria. Your friends know you have the most conscientious and caring soul towards all living creatures. Big hugs, sweetie.

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  38. very nice.good. thanks. super sikis.olgun sikis. sikis izle.

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  39. Anna Maria you have added so much to my life with your beautiful fabrics (especially Little Folks voile)! As soon as my little one goes down for the night I am feverishly sewing! Your flirty skirt pattern is an answer to prayers. I've made 3 already. I'm using a 1/4" seam allowance and making the skirt reversible! So many compliments! My only trouble is that the fabric is so nice that once I cut it I have trouble telling the right side from the wrong. Any hints? By the way, I had a lab too and if she could have she would never have come inside either! Some people just look for a fight! Keep up the fabulous work!

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  40. I love this stripes, simple but looking great.

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  41. Your yellow lab looks just like mine, her name is Bailey. We have 3 other labs as well.

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