Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pattern Tour: Polka Dot Nina Skirt

Hello! It seems like its been so long since I've blogged that I don't know where to begin. I've been busy sewing quite a lot but obviously haven't been spending too much time blogging. I took these pictures bright and early on a very cloudy morning and boy was I tired! I had huge circles under my eyes in so many pictures and I wasn't ready to give up my coffee. So I'm thankful for my glasses hiding the circles and there aren't too many pictures of me looking straight at the camera!

I am excited to be part of this Pattern tour and to share this skirt with you today. Marte from Compagnie M. creates adorable girls patterns (I love the Mara blouse pattern) and she has recently branched out to include women's patterns and they sure are cute.
She just released the Nina skirt/culottes and after she sent me the pattern, I knew immediately which version I was going to sew. Marte loves to give options and this pattern comes with so many variations to choose from. First you can choose either an a-line skirt or culottes. Then you can add your options: front zipper, invisible zipper, different pockets, back welt pocket, etc. Seriously. So many fun and different options!

A quick note about the pattern pieces, they are layered so you will need to trace the pattern pieces so be sure to have some swedish tracing paper (or something similar) on hand!

How cute is this skirt? It has so many of my favorite things and I am so happy with how it turned out. 
I found this polka dot fabric in my stash (I bought it last year at Michael Levine Loft in DTLA) and knew it would be perfect. It has a slight stretch to it so I should have kept that in mind when deciding which size to make. I sewed a size medium skirt with an invisible zipper, contrast diagonal pockets and piping. I love piping. And polka dots. And pockets. And coffee. Anyway, the waist ended up being a little big so I had to take it in a bit. For my next one I think I can probably get away with sewing a small in the waist and grading it to a medium in the hips.

I don't normally wear my shirt tucked in but it is necessary for this skirt in order to show off the great details. I love this skirt and it is so comfortable that I have been wearing it all day. Oh, and this tank is my first version of the Basic tank by Cali Faye. I made it with a black double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop.
Since Miette happened to be wearing her matching polka dot dress, I had her hop in the picture so we could take a few twirling pictures! She just loves how much her dress twirls.

I love seeing all the unique styles that these amazing bloggers have created. Make sure to check them out and get inspired to sew one of your own. Thank you so much Marte for letting me participate in this tour and for creating a wonderful pattern!


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