I wore my skirt from the moment I finished it on Thursday until I went to bed that night.
I got up on Friday morning and put it back on. Don't worry – Saturday it went in the laundry.
I've had the Alabama Stitch Book since it came out – I think that was a year and half ago. And from the moment it came in the mail, I have loved looking at it. It oozes inspiration. I was pretty sure it would join the collection of craft books that I love love love to own because they are so beautiful and inspiring, not because I want to make any of the projects. Truth be told, I didn't want to attempt anything in the book. Stenciling, hand sewing and knits? Um, not for me, thank you.
I started gathering the supplies. The fabric came from Mood in NYC – I bought that last November while shopping with Kristin. The paint I picked up sometime in January or February. I cut the skirt out in March, thinking I would get it finished for summer. It didn't happen. While in San Francisco this July, I found FOE in brown at Britex. It was like a sign. I came home, I stenciled and I started stitching.
Six weeks later, I have my skirt. And if fits. This is a big, huge deal, you all. I know that the sizing on this pattern is different – it's based on waist size, not hip size so it was a guessing game as to what size to actually cut. Both Blair and Melissa told me to go a size bigger than I thought. I did. I think that made all the difference. I left the knots on the wrong side of the fabric because, as cool as they look on the outside, I'm just too tailored for that. I also stitched the seams by machine instead of by hand mostly because I was impatient. I made huge mistakes on the stenciling that almost made me drop the project. But now that the stitching is finished, I'd have a hard time pointing them out. Talk about forgiving. It is also incredibly comfortable – hello knit!
I love it so much that I am already plotting another skirt. With beads (oh my!). I'm also trying not to get too excited about Alabama Studio Style. Six months and counting….