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Damask Pattern Maxi Skirt

August 1, 2012

Lately I’ve pretty much reached project capacity as I juggle things for multiple clients. While in the midst of wrapping up the details of the t h e n t i c a u spring 2013 NY show, I’ve also been writing up a cool 1.2 million in grant proposals. And I’m not complaining at all. Lots of work is good for a freelancer.

However, at about the same time all this work came flooding in, I also broke down and got a new sewing machine. It’s a sexy little Husqvarna Viking. Sadly, though, it has been sitting, taunting me since I bought it. Sure I played with a few stitches the day I brought it home, trying to understand all the bells and whistles, but I haven’t yet been able to sit down and complete a full project. But I finally gave in to the need to sew something new for myself today.

This afternoon as I sat at home typing away, I suddenly realized it had been three days since I left the house. You guys. Three days. And on top of that, when I looked down at my outfit I realized my fly was unzipped. As you can imagine, I’m not super proud of this realization. The fact I have been wickedly productive lately does not make up for the fact that I have become a reclusive mess. So I closed my laptop, ended my work day and decided to cut out a skirt pattern I’d been thinking of lately.

Using the last of the knit fabric styles I bought at Vogue Fabrics earlier this year (see here and here for the other styles), I made a simple maxi skirt based on my measurements. I like it so well that I thought about writing a tutorial for it, but in looking around the internet I found that Elle Apparel has a clear tutorial on how to make this same type of simple skirt. Plus, she has lovely pictures of the finished product and isn’t standing in the middle of her drought-ravaged yard like me.

I love projects like this — start to finish in an hour. It’s super light and very comfortable. It’s going to be a much more presentable option than yoga pants next time I work from home for an extended amount of time. And I might even be able to dress it up and wear it out of the house (GASP! Leave the house?). Funny thing though, I still didn’t get to use my sewing machine. My trusty serger did all the work. Maybe this weekend I’ll catch my breath and properly christen the Viking.

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  1. August 2, 2012 6:20 pm

    Look at you! So productive. At least you accomplished a lot while sitting with unzipped pants. Now you don’t even have to worry about! The skirt looks beautiful and comfy! Great job!

    • Claire permalink
      August 3, 2012 1:49 pm

      Thanks for the skirt love. Thanks also for taking me to Vogue. Clearly I have been inspired by that fabric selection! Never before have I used fabric so readily.

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