Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Batty Skirts

Just a quick post showing two new skirts I made with my go-to pattern Simplicity 2449 view B... because I can never have too many skirts with bats. :) Both are made of cotton so they're great for the upcoming summer weather.

First up, black with a small-scale print of lime green bats. I bought this fabric last week at Jo-Ann (with a 40% off coupon, yay!).

 The fabric is darker than it looks in the photo.

Second, a larger scale print of bats in black and grey. This fabric had been in my stash for so long, I can't remember where I got it.

Anyone else have plans for summer sewing?

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  1. YES! I have lots of sewing plans! I have the same fabric as the first photo and the plans are for a 50s sundress. I bought a bunch of reissued vintage patterns from Butterick and Vogue, so there will be sewing in my near future. I really love the print of the second skirt. VERY NICE!!! I adore the detailing around the hems of both! WAHOO!

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    1. Vogue has some great vintage patterns. I planned a dress from the green bats, but I ran a trial with the dress pattern and it did not go well. :( So it was back to the drawing board for a dress, and in the meantime, a tried-and-true skirt. The grey bats fabric is one of my favorites. I wish I had more of it!

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    1. I have such a weakness for bat fabrics. Must have all the bat fabrics!

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  3. Love the grey bats <3 I cut out a short, steampunk-inspired blazer for ME last evening. And now I can't start sewing it cuz I have a client coming over. sob :D

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    1. Similar thing happened to me today! I woke up this morning looking forward to starting a dress for myself. Then I got a request for some quick-turnaround editing work. The sewing will have to wait another day...

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  4. I read your post with all the lovely prints and I felt an urge for lovely bat print skirts :) You are such an inspiration!

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  5. Love, love, love! I really should make some spooky swing skirts for dancing......sewing a garment completely from scratch is one of my goals for 2013. I know I can do it, I'm just afraid....
    Why? I had a mega melt down over a cut pattern, ready to sew, machine breaking=total chaos. Not the most mature moment more than 10 years ago.

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    1. There are sewing meltdowns in my past as well. In fact, I got so frustrated that I gave up sewing for years. :P I didn't pick it back up until four or five years ago. Now it's one of my favorite hobbies.

      Swingy skirts are my favorite projects. You may notice that virtually all my sewing posts are of full skirts. They're easy to sew and fun to wear... except when I accidentally sweep things off shelves in stores with narrow aisles. ;)

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  6. The first skirt makes me squee. I think I might have that fabric in my stash too.

    Yes, of course I have summer sewing plans! Next on the list is a Ms Pac-Man dress, followed by either a poison or Haunted Mansion dress.

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    1. I've seen the green bat fabric in the store many times. Then for some reason, I was suddenly in the mood for green and finally bought it. :)

      Ooh, Ms Pac-Man! :) That will be fun!

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  7. These are cute! I'm sewing scarves and do-rags for my hair, and planning on making some mod-goth shift dresses. We just got a fabric store with walking distance of my house, and I've already spent way too much money there.

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    1. Thank you! A fabric store within walking distance... ooh, now that is a dangerous thing!

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  8. Really nice bat skirts! How do you find time for sewing while doing all this intense renovations of your home?! ;)

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    1. Thanks! I'm more or less unemployed and I have no social life. ;)

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  9. Okay, now you've done it... I'm a woman on a bats mission!!

    I've copied down the pattern info, I'll be going to Jo-Ann's really soon! I know I got one of their coupon postcards, but I think it's in the garbage, WAAHHHHH!!!

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    1. Despair not! Jo-Ann almost always has a coupon at www.joann.com/coupon, usually for 40% off one regular price item. You can print or send it to your smartphone.

      They also have patterns on sale most weekends. As luck would have it, this weekend (Friday through Monday) they have Simplicity patterns for $1. :)

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    2. Oh, you are just tooo evil, giving me excuses to go!!! ;-)

      We used to have a Jo-Ann's just a few minutes from my house, but they moved, very rude of them... Now I have to drive to another city to shop there! Annoying, but easier on the pocketbook.

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    3. Well, I hope you are happy, hehe... Today I broke down, went to Jo-Ann's, and found both the pattern (yes, for $1!) AND the same material (on sale at 50% off!). Now all I need is trim! ;-)

      And you're right, this pattern in all its variations, is awesome!!!

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  10. I LOVE the green bats! I've been eyeing the fabric off for ages, but it's too expensive (shipping from america)
    I want to make a head scarf with it! :)

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    1. Shipping thwarts a lot of purchases. :( We're supposed to be in a time of global commerce, but mailing/shipping costs a fortune. It's a major peeve of mine. :P

      It would be perfect for a head scarf for you!

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  11. Both skirts are so cute! I like the big bats the best I think.

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    1. Thank you! I wish I had more of the grey bats fabric.

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