As I said yesterday, sewing for others began to get to me a little and I had to break out and make a little something for myself.
My local fabric store, Karlin's, has been a wasteland for years. I'd go there for zippers, interfacing, lining, but rarely for fabric. Recently they said they were going to be making a change, and it's certainly one for the better. I went in this past week to get some lining for the bags I'm doing for the craft show, and I could have left with half a dozen different things.
I confined myself to this one, a black cotton/lycra with a white embroidered border. I debated a dress, but I knew from the start it wanted to be a pencil skirt. A nice simple one. I checked the skirt pattern archive, and found one I'd made before, which is BWOF 9/2008 #120. No details at all, beyond darts front and back. Faced waist. That's it.
Just what I wanted. I cut it out quickly, and started sewing. The fabric is a little beefier than I would have expected for cotton/lycra, so I decided not to line it. Not my normal choice, but this fabric could definitely handle it.
The skirt went together in an evening. Very satisfying after a week of repetitive sewing of small, unusable-by-me objects made in a particularly shreddy and annoying brocade.
I've paired it here with one of my favorite summer tops, BWOF's cutaway-shoulder blouse, 3/2006 #104, and a new necklace I picked up this week to go with it. First the fabric, then the jewelry, then the skirt. Sometimes it happens in reverse.
In closing, I leave you with Alice, otherwise known as Little Alice Roundhead, Alice Marie, the Alleyrabbit and, after a particularly vile trip to the litterbox, the A-Bomb. She's the only cat I've ever met who looks truly worried, all the time. She moved in 0n Valentine's Day, several years ago, arriving on my porch roof at midnight, scratching at the storm window.
Could you say no to that face?