Coffee with Dragons

If there's sewing for baby there obviously has to be sewing for mommy, right?

I mean, I think that's how it works.

Last year Katie of Inside Number 23 hosted a sewalong for the Hollyburn skirt by Sewaholic. I was not sewing at the time, but I did watch the videos and file it away for the "one day I'll sew" dream pile. Well, one day came!

It took me a while to decide on fabric for the skirt. The pattern calls for something that is not directional, and I am not one for solid colors when I can help it, so I needed to find something with a fun all-over print that fit into the wardrobe I am building. I was clicking around on Hawthorn Threads when I found Baby Dragons. Perfect! I love the entire fabric line, so don't be surprised if I just have baby dragon everything at some point.

This is the skirt that almost wasn't. I cut out the fabric one afternoon while talking to my sister on the phone and for some reason I cut a size or two too small. I sewed almost the entire skirt one Sunday night, staying up far too late, only to conclude that it really did not fit. I'd say I was devestated, but that's a tad dramatic.

No, it's not. I was devestated. I put it aside for a few days while I figured out what I wanted to do. Eventually I spent an evening deconstructing the entire skirt and reevaluating what I wanted to do. I did not like the way the seams looked either, so when I started sewing again I used French seams, which had a more finished look (I don't know why I was having such a hard time with the seams, I'm sure it was a product of sewing too late at night).

I did not have enough fabric to cut completely new panels, so I cut the larger waistband and then two extra strips to add to the back of the skirts. The end result is not perfect, but also not obviously an error.

The fact that this skirt has such generous pockets practically guaranteed I'd make it again before I even tried on the finished product.

The verdict? I love it. I feel very comfortable and stylish and love that the dragons just look like polkadots from afar.  Plus it looks great with tshirts, which is always a win in my book!