17 July 2009

a skirt for me. and one for you.

last week i stitched up a version of angry chicken's 5 minute skirt.


a bit of ruffle makes everything happier

admittedly, this skirt took me quite a bit longer than five minutes as it was beseeching me for a ruffled hemline in buttery yellow. and my ruffling foot and i, we are not on speaking terms, so all ruffling at chez owens is done by hand, which ends up quite visually pleasing but also takes half my life. give or take two minutes.


notes on the skirt:
--measure the smallest part of your waist, and not where you'd actually like the skirt to fall (drop waist) or you will end up with a skirt large enough to smuggle in small children at the movies. and you shall have to cut it down twice, and then end up with a skirt that is still a teensy bit large, which could actually prove fortuitous if one later eats her body weight in ginger cookies. hypothetically.
--the pieces are meant to be cut on the bias, but as i used a directional print this did not work so much. straight-cut works okay, but i'm guessing the drape of a bias cut would be noticeably sweeter.
--i dipped the hem quite a bit more than the recommended half inch...more like three inches or so i'd guess. i'm not sure if the skirt needed it because it wasn't bias cut, but mine looked handkerchief-style without the exaggerated dip (which is cute in its own right, but not the look i was after).


THE GIVEAWAY

so. want one?

i'll sew a custom-sized skirt for one lucky person, crafted from this print in a deep blush colorway. leave me a comment and i'll draw a winner at random next weekend.

details:
-enter by leaving a comment below. please be sure i can contact or identify you if you leave an anonymous comment.
-if you win, i'll will whip up a skirt in your size (or your daughter's size, or your mother's size, or your great-aunt tilda's size if you'd like it for giftage purposes).
-you choose the style of the hem: a clean double-turn, ruffled, bias tape, border.
-twitter or blog this giveaway to get a second entry (just be sure to drop back in with a second comment letting me know you did this, since i'll be drawing from the comments by order number).
-please have all entries in by 12 noon EST next saturday (july 25th). grazie.

87 comments:

Anonymous said...

you are beautiful and this skirt is adorable on you...however if i win you would have to buy more material. lol
love ya CIndy

Amelia said...

Awww Nic I love that skirt! I also love the cherry blossom top below, so classic!!

xo~Amelia

Angela said...

lovely, as all of your creations. love empress woo prints...have a few of them in my stash and have eyed that same print for a skirt for myself. i will never get to it though.

Homespun Emily said...

This is beautiful. I would love to win one!

Shelley said...

My 11 year old daughter would look so precious in a skirt like this!

Ann said...

This is so cute~! I love the cherry blossom top too, yummy!

Kimberly said...

I can see why you took the extra time for the ruffle - it makes it oh so lovely!

meg said...

I would selfishly request such a lovely skirt in my size-- great aunts need to leave their own comments! i adore the cherry blossom top too!

Whitney :) said...

Oh, NIC :) I love it!!! it's wonderful! How often we forget about ourselves when sewing -- the kiddies always get the goodies!!!

I would love one!

oh, and i'm not sure how you can possibly survive without your ruffling foot ... if I were you, i just might have to kiss and make up :)

xoxo
whit :)

Whitney :) said...

Oh, NIC :) I love it!!! it's wonderful! How often we forget about ourselves when sewing -- the kiddies always get the goodies!!!

I would love one!

oh, and i'm not sure how you can possibly survive without your ruffling foot ... if I were you, i just might have to kiss and make up :)

xoxo
whit :)

rushton family archives said...

Beautiful skirt! I hope I win!

p.s. i had no idea there was such a thing as a ruffling foot. good to know. :)

CurlyGirlD said...

Nic,

Such a great job on this skirt! LOVE the ruffle! Here's hoping...

Norman said...

OK, Nicki, I do not think someone my age would like nice in this skirt but I DO think I should win a shirt made in the cherry blossom print! It's SO culturally perfect for me!
See ya soon, when I'll be bringing a suitcase with room to take home the fabric!
mom

D'Rae said...

So excited! I hope that I win!

D'Rae said...

I also twittered this info.

erika said...

if i only knew how to sew :) i love skirts :) thanks for the generous giveaway !! i *heart* your blog!!

Lee Beth said...

Hello. Just checking out new blogs and really like yours. Feel free to come check out mine if you'd like.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicki!

I got wind of this from facebook..which I rarely go on. You're still making beautiful clothes & capturing "magical" moments in time with your camera. I love hearing about you and your family in your blog. Hopefully we'll see you when you visit home again.

Love,
carrie (gina's sister)

KID, MD said...

Oh, I just discovered this blog, and I love it already! I love that skirt. I LOVE that fabric! I want one! Pick me! (I've run out of exclamation points, though.)

suzysnaps said...

gorgeous! I want one! :)

Puanani said...

Oh, I'm so glad I clicked on "Older posts" because there was the 60 Piggies blog hiding from me! I would love to enter your contest...hee-hee! Getting giddy with excitement. Thanks for extending your talents to your readers!

Seeker said...

To use a wonderful word you just reminded me of...what a 'fortuitous' time for me to drop by! I must do some catching up here. The lovely skirt is fetching, but you are even more so, my friend :)

Jennifer said...

I love how sweet and summery this skirt is and you did a fantastic job with your handmade ruffle! :)Pick me! Pick Me!!

Carey said...

wow...beautiful!!!

Seeker said...

Blogged it, milady.

Susan said...

my 5 year old daughter would LOVE that!!! fairydust825@hotmail.com

Cris Pansiera said...

Luvvvvvvvvvv the skirt!!! Will I be the lucky one???
Crossing fingers here...
XX
CRIs

~love said...

nic...beautiful. i always regret not learning to sew when i see your creations.

Grad School Mommy said...

*love* the print! i just found your blog & am already a fan. GREAT photos! as much as i'd love to win this skirt for myself, i'd like to sign up on behalf of one of my best friends. she's going through chemotherapy & i know she'd really adore your skirt. so, if i "win" -- really 2 of us do, as i'll be paying it forward. :)

thanks for considering this request,
tworboy@hotmail.com

Rebekah said...

Of course I love it, but you know that now I'm going to have to go over to angrychicken & find out how to make one myself :)

Angela R. said...

I would love to win this for my mom!

twrightgirl said...

beautiful skirt. you did an awesome job.

fleetfeet said...

All I have to do is leave a comment? I don't even have to come up with a knock knock joke? My kind of contest!

DollieDimples Boutique said...

Hi Nic, I love that skirt, soo summery and fun.

((HUGS))
Susan

cdziuba said...

This is such a nice skirt, I would pair it with a plain top and a summer scarf. Thanks for the chance to win. cdziuba@aol.com

cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com
TWEETED:


http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/2729227245

Angela said...

can't resist a good giveaway. loving the skirt...and since i really want to be more skirty this summer it would work out just swimmingly if i won...and it was just my birthday on the 7th...i'm just saying:o) oh, by the way, love the red top for you little one.

Jenn said...

Smashing girl. And the skirt is cute too I must say ;)

Pick me ok!!

take a bow Jenn

Sarah said...

love to have a skirt like this!

Catherine said...

I am so happy that I found this blog! I absolutely love the skirt!

Catherine
garlandofroses@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

a skirt for me you shouldn't have.. soo cute, love it!!

kristina.paterson@live.com

Casey said...

this skirt is gorgeous! the ruffles are darling!

PamperingBeki said...

Well since I can't even figure out how to thread my sewing machine, I think you should pick me.

:)

Christina said...

This skirt is beautiful!

Julie said...

the skirt is so pretty-my daughter would love it.

aunteegem@yahoo.com

Annemarie said...

What a cute skirt!

fearfullymade said...

Beautiful skirt! I wish I was talented enough to make such beautiful clothes, but instead I shall leave a comment here hoping to win one!!

Abra Leah Cross said...

Adorable!!! I'm tweeting about it! :)

TigerLily said...

wow, you are so talented. I wish I could sew ^o^

~cyndi said...

Beautiful skirt! I love all your designs.

Angela said...

and I just promoted your giveaway on twitter @iheartfabric.
: )

Courtney said...

I love your skirt AND the Cherry blossom shirt! They are both SO beautiful :) Skirts look amazing on my girls so one of them will be the winner if I am picked! (I very RARELY wear skirts...as you have probably noticed...)

Mandi said...

I adore the skirt. Would love having one of my own.

Lisa said...

I would love to win! I've been wearing skirts daily for the last two weeks and amd starting to run out of new options. Thanks!

Diane said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I could only wish to look as good in it as you! You are so talented.

Keep up the beautiful work!~

janae said...

This skirt is BEAUTIFUL! I would love to win one! I've never had anything made custom for me, but the girls...well, you know!

Anonymous said...

What a beauty Nicole, and how sweet of you to think of "us Mom's"!
xoxo~Nicole Q

Deb said...

Dear Nic,
I think your talents are awesome from an AWESOME GOD!
I have been so impressed by your style and creativity, keep up the good work!
your friend in Christ,
Debbie
penguin10yellow~eBay seller

mylittlefairytales said...

This is adorable, love the print, and so glad I popped over to your blog to see what you're up to! Love love love that Elle is actually getting more of mama's talented sewing for herself these days :)
xoxo
-cammie

AmandaSue said...

What a lovely skirt! And I'm jealous that you know how to make skirts, I've always dreamed of making my own clothes, but sewing machines and needles sorta hate me.

unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

So I've been a lurker for some time now. At the risk of being a little tacky (too late.), I'm going to put my straw in for a skirt. It's just too beautiful to not make an attempt.

Chanelle said...

So cute! So I will try this, never done it before. I'm not sure how I came across your blog but love to keep up.

Chanelle

Lizzie Ann said...

So cute!!! The ruffled edge looks awesome!

Lizzie Ann said...

http://allscrambledup.blogspot.com/2009/07/60-piggies-giveaway.html

Here you go! :-)

Holly said...

Oh please, please, please pick me!!! I love this skirt!!! No ruffles for me, so I will save half your lifetime for other things. lol!

Holly

Jessica said...

Such a cute skirt! Looks great on you too! Love it!

babalisme said...

WOWie!!! I'm so petite that I have trouble finding the best match skirt for me, when it's the right waist, it's too short, and vice versa. You're so nice for offering this chance!!

Kristen said...

looks darling Nic!!! I am off to twitter ;)

Kristen said...

you've been tweeted!

GypsiesThread said...

The skirt is stunning.... it would make my YEAR to win one!

gypsiesthread@yahoo.com

Marie said...

The skirt looks gorgeous on you...I would love one, if not, I'll attempt making one!

Jeramie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it Nic! You inspire me to make something for myself! I so must do that!!

Bee Happy said...

I hope I'm not too late. Thanks for the opportunity. In Happy, TX.

Sara Farrar Photography said...

i love this skirt! i think i am too late- hope not... thought it was worth a try. cute print. the ruffle is adorable!

Michelle Greene said...

Love this skirt LOVE your blog wish we could meet in person your hiliarious! Hope I win I would get it for one of my daughters they both wear the same size so they could share it.
thanks
michelle

Kristina said...

I absolutely love your blog. My two new loves are sewing and blogging and your creations are truly inspirational, love the skirt! Your photo's are amazing, talented lady!

Bee Happy said...

I hope I'm not too late. Thanks for the opportunity. In Happy, TX.

DollieDimples Boutique said...

Hi Nic, I love that skirt, soo summery and fun.

((HUGS))
Susan

twrightgirl said...

beautiful skirt. you did an awesome job.

Cris Pansiera said...

Luvvvvvvvvvv the skirt!!! Will I be the lucky one???
Crossing fingers here...
XX
CRIs

Susan said...

my 5 year old daughter would LOVE that!!! fairydust825@hotmail.com

KID, MD said...

Oh, I just discovered this blog, and I love it already! I love that skirt. I LOVE that fabric! I want one! Pick me! (I've run out of exclamation points, though.)

Christina said...

This skirt is beautiful!

rushton family archives said...

Beautiful skirt! I hope I win!

p.s. i had no idea there was such a thing as a ruffling foot. good to know. :)

Ann said...

This is so cute~! I love the cherry blossom top too, yummy!

Shelley said...

My 11 year old daughter would look so precious in a skirt like this!

Angela said...

lovely, as all of your creations. love empress woo prints...have a few of them in my stash and have eyed that same print for a skirt for myself. i will never get to it though.