… and that means more Fat Quarter Skirts in the queue. Several of my older, much worn and laundered, FQ skirts have been downgraded from “suitable for public” to “house and yard only.” I need to make more! So I indulged in some new FQs from Valorie Wells and Kaffe Fassett Collective, and started playing around.
Using a designer FQ set is an easy way to ensure your skirt will look great, but I’m more likely to mix and match. Which means it’s easy to bog down in too many possibilities. First I selected some sets of 6 or more that I thought would play well together (including some of my less-favorite ones, which are great for the drawstring and casing).
Of course those plans were discarded when I started sewing. As of this morning I have a mishmash of seamed-up FQs and inserts on my design wall:
I won’t know until I cut the skirt panels from these what will be fronts or backs, which will end up together, or even how many skirts these will become. I’m aiming for three, but there might be a fourth in here.
You might think the top two in this shot are destined to go together, but anything could happen. I do know that the panel on the lower right is going to be a front, because that dahlia print is exploding butt syndrome waiting to happen.
In the meantime, I cannot find my paper pattern from last year. I suspect it was unearthed in crumpled condition the last time I did a thorough cleanup of the sewing room, and was tossed in the trash because drafting a new one would be so quick and easy. Which it would be, if I hadn’t just used up my freezer paper on something else.
Fortunately I think there’s some large craft paper around that can be sacrificed for a good cause. I might even know where it is…
Wanna play along? I haven’t organized a formal sew-along (that’s on the “Maybe/Someday” list), but my super-detailed tute starts here, and if you have any questions you can post them to the Flickr group discussion and I’ll help you out.