Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns.
The breaking Ground Blog tour is about finding something new, a new concept, a new style, a new designer…. something and just having a go, breaking your own boundaries and encouraging others to do the same. I chose a new to me designer and am actually really excited about a couple of her patterns! So you can expect to see another skirt from her probably this month as there were two that really excited me for very different reasons.
Phat Quarters – Iris ruffle Skirt
The pattern I chose to go with for this blog tour is the stunning Iris Ruffle skirt (which the designer kindly donated)! I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it is and my kid fell completely in love the moment she saw it! I will warn you now, this is a fabric and notion hog! The skirt is made up of several circles which all need to be completely hemmed with horsehair braid, bias tape or similar and even a size 2T will ask for more than 10 meters of binding! It’s mind blowing just how much materials this skirt needs, but trust me when I say the results are worth it!
One of the things I really like about this designer is that she puts all the options for the pattern at the start, so you can see the differences and choose which version you want to make, although I wish this pattern had a print list it does have layers so I could figure it out fairly easily. I really like the level and detail of information provided in this pattern too, everything from a glossary to mashing pattern sizes and if you’re not very good at actually reading the instructions because who wants to print a small book or have a computer running while you’re sewing, there is an instruction summery at the end taking up only two pages with no pictures. Just print that double sided and you can actually have the instructions right there while you sew so I stand a chance of following them.
So I raided my stash and was so pleased to learn that I had some gorgeous, soft net in navy with silver sparkles woven into it. Not glitter netting, this stuff didn’t shed at all and it didn’t fray either, plus it’s soft enough that my net and tulle wary kid actually enjoyed stroking it, even though it doesn’t sit against her skin in the finished pattern. I paired it with a solid Navy of unknown fabric content, but again, it’s really soft and both fabrics are incredibly light weight. That’s really important in this pattern because it’s a total fabric hog! It’s very easy to make a skirt that’s just too heavy for little ones to comfortably enjoy. Go for floaty fabrics though and the vast quantity of fabric doesn’t really build up much weight.
Don’t kid yourself though, this pattern is gorgeous and beautifully written with a great eye for detail, but it’s fabric and time intensive! It’s very fiddly and to get the best results I had to hand sew those ruffles in place, but I will actually be sewing this again! Not any time soon mind, but it’s definitely a pattern I’m bookmarking for special occasions! My kid gasped with sheer delight and just wanted to pet it when she saw it. She loves how fancy it looks without being too fussy for her to wear, it wears like a simply pencil skirt, but looks like a “night princess skirt” the only problem… she has literally zero tops that work with a skirt like this! So guess what she needs next!
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Our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.
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