Friday, 4 November 2011

.A+ in Echino.

A few months ago, when I was preparing for the Sydney and Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fairs I needed a few new skirts to wear (really, I did - the 15+ Make It Perfect skirts hanging in my cupboard were not enough!!).  Nothing helps you feel prepared for an event more than a new outfit to wear, right?!

Echino was my fabric of choice.  I hadn't sewn any clothing with Echino previously (shame, I know!) but had seen a lot of other people make lovely skirts/tunics out of it and was inspired.
So three new skirts were sewn!  If you haven't sewn an A+ Skirt before, I'll let you in on a little secret...they are really FAST!  And all you need is to choose a fabric you love - whether you want to make a statement or use something a little more subtle - and you've got yourself a one-of-a-kind skirt to prance around in :)
I wasn't completely won over with this jungle scene fabric when I first made it, but after a bit of wear it has turned out to be one of my favourite skirts ever.
I decided to break up the business of the patchwork of the green one with a contrasting band around the top - well, maybe that makes it look a little more busy?  Whatever, I'm still happy!
Echino fabrics are just gorgeous to wear, they are made from a blend of 55% linen/45% cotton so have a slightly heavier weight to them than regular quilting cottons.  Because of this, they drape beautifully and wash really well...coming out soft and slightly creased rather than a crinkled mess that needs fighting with the iron!
You may have noticed on my website that A+ Skirts has had a little was very handy to get in touch with the "public" at the Melbourne and Sydney Craft & Quilt Fairs and see how different patterns were received and we came to the conclusion that the previous A+ Skirt cover photo wasn't doing it justice.
My cute little sister modeled for me and brother-in-law took the pics.  The one above is the new cover photo (also in Echino fabric).
So there you have it!  If you're looking for some satisfying summer sewing, have a go at A+ Skirts!

Make It Perfect sewing pattern - A+ Skirts

Echino, Quiet Ground in Green
Echino, Story Patchwork in Blue/Green
Echino, Bonbon in Green
Echino, Woodland in Natural/Black


Svetonik said...

Last skirt like the most. Against this background, super. I myself have a lot of simple skirts, but with a beautiful design fabrics.

rachelmp said...

I love this pattern and it does go together so quickly!

Catherine said...

I love that jungle scene skirt - perfect colour for summer!

Kirsten Anderson said...

Yeah I LOVE the last one- simple, elegant but different. Must get this pattern, you can never have too many skirts as you mentioned!

Santha said...

It's great to see the patchwork fabric made into a skirt. I was looking a it yesterday, wondering how it would look! Thanks - they all look great.

Anonymous said...

Kylie griffin / wow toni love them all !!!0

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