Meet Heidi. Heidi loves books. No, let me rephrase that...Heidi is obsessed with books. The girl read War and Peace (twice) when she was 16! Needless to say, when Heidi first saw the new Bookish fabrics, she was super excited. This is Heidi super excited. Note: the fabric bundle she is holding is blurred in the photo because she wouldn't stop shaking it excitedly.
Even though Heidi is the art director for our sister company, Knit Picks, we still work together a lot. Knowing that she loved the Bookish collection, I wanted to make something for her that was just as unique as she is, while still showing off the beautiful fabric. I asked her what she would like and she instantly said “a dress!” without skipping a beat. Knowing my skill level is not ready for a dress, I countered with the option for a skirt. I had found a free pattern online that looked relatively simple and would work with quilting cotton.
After getting Heidi’s approval on the pattern, we ventured over to our fabric area and started perusing the Bookish collection to see which fabric would look the best. With so many great options, narrowing it down to one fabric proved to be difficult.
Her first choice was the "Quiet Please" focal:
Then the "Collected Works" in Creamcicle:
Followed by the "Collected Works" in Midnigt Blue:
Eventually, she decided to go with her gut reaction and ultimately chose the "Quiet Please" focal.
The skirt was a cinch to sew up and it was pretty fun to see it come together. I was pleased with my first attempt at a garment project. You can't tell in the photo, but it has a really cute ruffle-top elastic waist. Heidi seemed pretty pleased, too. They look like happy skirted legs, right?
Edit: A few of you have been asking about the pattern that I used. I found a free pattern on the "My Growing Home" blog. The pattern can be found here: http://www.mygrowinghome.com/2011/05/elastic-waist-flirt-skirt-inspired-by.html