November 5, 2014

Night Circus Skirt

I'm published! Sort of...

Caroline is a dear friend of mine and co-author of  JUST FOR YOU: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers.

I am the designer of one of the 24 simply stylish sewing projects... and I have a free copy from Stash Books to give away! *Entry details below.*


I forget when Caroline first mentioned she and Sarah were considering collecting some of their daily sewing blog tutorials into a book-- but the time stamp on my digital file is dated back to June 2013, so I know it's been longer than a year.

Night Circus Skirt Designs
The inspiration stemmed from an idea I had to make a red and white striped, circular tent style skirt to wear as the hostess of a circus themed Halloween party . (Check it out here: The Fright Circus   )

Moving away from the costume side of things, I drew up a few designs.
Next, the designs were evaluated on sewing difficulty, how it would fit with the rest of the collection, and how well the design would translate into other fabric/pattern choices.

Oh la la!

So, here's a sneak peek at my  "Night Circus" inspired color-blocked skirt.
The skirt pairs fabulously with the red infinity scarf by Jessica Christian of Craftiness Is Not Optional .

www.craftinessisnotoptional.com


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68 comments:

  1. I mostly sew bags, small quilts and clothes for kids, but lately I've been dying to sew for me! Nice skirt pattern, and thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. I love to sew and I sew all the time. My favorite things to sew are for babies. I love making quilts, bibs, burp clothes, and anything else I can come up with.

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  3. I mostly sew quilts and baby bibs, but I'm starting to try clothing and bags

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  4. Congrats on being published! I like to sew clothing and handbags. Your skirt pattern looks great :)

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  5. I mostly sew quilts these days, but I still make the random bag, scarf, or pillowcase. The collection of designs in this book definitely has me wanting to make some cute clothing!

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  6. That's cool - congratulations! You are indeed published.

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  7. I have started and sew for myself and the first projects are skirts - love your pattern, it maybe in my wardrobe soon!

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  8. I love it! I mostly sew for my daughters.

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  9. I do like to sew, mostly accessories like bags. Thanks

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  10. This is so inspiring! You are amazing!

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  11. I love to sew. I like to sew baby clothes and bags.

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  12. I love to sew and love using recycled fabrics, be they for a quilt, skirt, curtain, blouse, shorts, totes, or just for fun to think something up......

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  13. I do sew and try to do it as often as I can! It is constantly on my mind...thinking about projects, fabric, colors, etc. If I didn't have to work, cook, do laundry, grocery shop, take care of the family, I'd be sewing ALL THE TIME!

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  14. I don't sew yet but I want to make skirts.

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  15. At the moment I'm mostly quilting, but I did just finish a bunch of Halloween costume pieces.

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  16. I do sew and am currently sewing tote and hand bags

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  17. For many years I made many skirts and dresses for my daughters and my self. Currently I have been focusing on quilts and bags. So much inspiration in this book.

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  18. Congratulations!! You are so gifted.

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  19. I do sew for many, many years. Sewing for our grandchildren, clothes, doll clothes, quilts and many sew crafty things is what I like to do.

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  20. I love to sew, mainly quilts and gifts for people. I want to start sewing clothing, so I think this book would be a great gift for Christmas!

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  21. I love your Night Circus Skirt! My book club had a Night Circus party and that would have been fun to wear. :) I enjoy sewing and teach sewing to teens and younger. Well, it's more like I teach the love of sewing. I really want them to enjoy it...so they'll keep sewing for the rest of their lives. Your skirt looks like a project they may enjoy! Especially, if we have a party after making it.

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  22. LOVE that skirt!! I sew ANY thing! I love to sew clothes for little girls the most but I DO sew a LOT for me as well!!!

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  23. I do sew, mostly quilt. But when I "just sew," I'm really into pillows and purses. Seriously stylish skirt!!

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  24. Yes I do sew. I love to sew dresses and skirts for my granddaughters.

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  25. I do sew! Love to make clothes for Grangirlie's dolls & babies, & clothes for her as well. Enjoy some ME sewing, not as much lately for self sewin goin on...neeed too! lol Like quilty things too.

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  26. I love to sew. I sew a lot of bags but my favourite thing to sew is soft sculptures of animals.

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  27. I sew all types of things, but mostly clothes for my children. I also like to sew bags, organizers and more.

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  28. I love to sew everything, but patchwork is my favorite. sarah@forrussia.org

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  29. I like to sew bags!! :) But I also sew boys clothes, a bit for me & hubby. And I'm doing a bit of quilting too.

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  30. I love sewing kids clothing the best :). Wish I had more time to sew for me though.

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  31. It's been a very long time since I've done much sewing and I'm just starting to get to know my machine again.

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  32. I am learning to quilt, now and loving it.

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  33. I love to sew clothes for me and my granddaughter, for the house, and bags!

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  34. I sew clothes, first for myself, then my husband and myself, then our children, then our nieces and nephews, and now all the above plus great nieces and great nephews. I also started quilting recently.

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  35. I sew lots of things! I sew for the whole family, my little girl, my husband and myself. I'm very into garment sewing :)

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  36. I love to sew, and am just starting to sew clothes for myself!

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  37. I love to sew just about anything except cloths for me. I quilt, sew home decor, gifts, toys etc. Right now I am enjoying sewing girly baby things like headbands, car seat covers, diaper bags, pacifier keepers etc because I just had my first granddaughter after two grandsons!

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  38. I sew mostly for my grandchildren and baby gifts. I can't remember the last time I made something for myself!

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  39. I am a beginner at sewing, but so far I enjoy bags and cases. I want to try clothing.

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  40. I love to sew outfits for my granddaughters

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  41. My favorite things to sew nowadays are quilts and mugrugs. Less measurement needed, and the kids/favorite people won't ever outgrow them :)

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  42. skirt looks creative and fun :)

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  43. I sew handbags for myself and baby stuff for my friends, mostly! I do like the look of circle-skirts, though! They flow so nicely!

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  44. I'm a beginner sewer and have just started sewing clothes.

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  45. When I get a chance to sew things I love,( I make things for a shop.) I enjoy English smocking, hand embroidery and making beautiful clothing for children.

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  46. Yes I sew and have been since age 9. Mostly dresses and tops for me, bags/totes for friends. Love trying new tutorials found on SewCanShe,
    like baby items, totes/bags.

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  47. Love to sew, more than almost anything else!

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  48. I do sew. I now sew mostly quilts and would like to get back to garment and home dec sewing more.

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  49. not sure if my other comment went through, so here goes again :) I am a crazy quilter who is back to sewing home dec and clothes ..i appreciate all these wonderful blogs for the inspiration they provide!!

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  50. I sew mainly for my two kiddos, clothes, halloween costumes, christmas jammies, fun little things like quiet books. If I have the time I like to sew for myself, would love some inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  51. i make mostly bags and home items. i have done some clothes tailoring and am attempting my first skirt

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  52. I love sewing quilts, and baby blankets. I want to try branching out and making some bags and cases.

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  53. I sew quilts, bags, and skirts and dresses for my granddaughters. Wall hangings. Table toppers. .. etc.

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  54. I'm fairly new to sewing but I love making bags and dresses for my daughter.

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  55. Great job - I love your skirt :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  56. i do sew and i love sewing anything for my family.

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  57. I love to sew and have done it for many years! I've sewn many different things but my current love is quilts.

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  58. Currently my focus is on quilting. There are several bags on my wish list of things to make next.

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  59. i love making my kids clothing and starting sewing for myself last spring

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  60. I sew mostly clothing. Every spring I sew a prom dress for the daughter who is going. 5 dresses down, 3 to go.

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  61. Mostly I sew small items like baby quilts, totebags, mug rugs, and accessory-type items. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  62. I love making bags and some clothes sewing for my kids, not me, that would be ordering way to much yardage!

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  63. I most enjoy making items for my kids to wear or play with.

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  64. I sew baby gifts, quilts and home accessories!

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  65. I like to sew costuming/clothing best.

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