Photo credit: Sushigirl-94's photobucket
I originally bought this fabric on my recent trip to the States for the 'Rose in Spanish Harlem' theme but I ended up making another dress for that theme and this poor fabric lay untouched until now. I just adore the bright design and thought it would go perfectly with a peasant blouse I already have (alas, I did not make the peasant blouse but it comes from my absolute favourite Scottish store, Ness).
I always knew that I wanted to use this fabric for a 1950's gathered skirt. The design on the fabric is perfect for this and I used the skirt from McCall's 8947. This pattern is delicious and I do have enough fabric to make the matching bolero and to make the vest from a contrasting fabric!
This skirt took a bit longer than anticipated because I wanted to make sure to match the design across the four panels of fabric.
Then I got to the waistband and originally it's about half of the size that it is now. However, I had cut one of the designs so that it was right in the middle of the waistband pattern piece and decided that it would look better with the whole design showing. So I ended up making it twice as big and cutting a new piece to face the waistband.
I had the chance to meet the lovely Miss Katie yesterday who blogs over at The Little Red Squirrel (more pictures coming soon on that meet-up). We had so much fun going to the fabric store during lunch. I told her about the plans for taking pictures with our kitties for this challenge and she suggested I wrap them with a bow! Awwww....so cute! Unfortunately, one of our cats didn't want to play and only Ebi is in the photos--she's such a sweetie!
We had fun playing with the photos! A big thank you to David for taking the photos and playing with them in photoshop and also to Mena who played around with my photos on the Sew Weekly post to get a pin-up effect!
Just a quick reminder about two giveaways I'm hosting at the moment: the Fancy Moon Fabric giveaway (they have this exact fabric) and the amazing Paraders Vintage giveaway for $50 to their online store!