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Skirt Inspiration: Beach-Ready Maxi Skirt

Today is the last day of the Skirts Challenge! We hope you enjoyed all the skirt inspiration in May!
We have a guest blogger today! Justine from Sew Country Chick graciously accepted our invitation to guest blog for us during the Skirts Challenge. This is a new-to-me blog that I'm excited I found and look forward to follow her other handmade makes!



Hello! I’m Justine and I blog about sewing at Sew Country Chick!


I live near the beach in southern California and spend lots of time there in the summertime. I wanted a wrap skirt I could put on over my bathing suit that’s also a little dressy, as I’m taking it on a honeymoon trip to Mexico with my husband for our twenty-fourth anniversary this month. Woah! Where did the time go?


I saw a tulip shaped maxi skirt online that would make a cute beach skirt. But I couldn't find a pattern. 


I already had a pattern in my stash that would be perfect to hack, New Look 6456, a basic wrap skirt. I also had several pieces of silk charmeuse bought o…

Skirt Challenge Inspiration: A Skirt's Favorite Top!

When Julie first shared her idea of a summer Skirt Challenge I knew that I really wanted to participate, however a long, honest look into my closet revealed that, truthfully, I didn't need another skirt.  What really stood out to me was the lack of tops that I loved to wear with all my beautiful (mostly handmade) skirts.


This is where the Closet Case Patterns Nettie bodysuit enters the picture!  Knowing that I had plenty of skirts, I was curious to see how a few neutral bodysuits might fill out the gaps in my wardrobe.

I haven't worn a bodysuit since the 90's and I had several back in the day.  My favorite bodysuit was this awesome navy blue long sleeve suit with a white collar, button placket and fabulous over-sized cuffs!  I loved that thing!  I was sooooo excited to play with this bodysuit pattern and rediscover the versatility of the bodysuit.  So get ready for a Nettie/Skirt-apalooza!


First up is a black bodysuit made with this black rayon/spandex.  The fabric has good …

Skirt Challenge Inspiration: Pieces of the Perfect Skirt!

Welcome to Skirt  month over here at Fabric Mart! Some folks think that I never make mistakes or wrong choices in fabrics for my projects. Well this month was one of those moments where it just didn't work out how I planned. I picked out these two corduroy prints for this challenge. They are kinda retro and funky so I figured a little skirt would be really cute in these prints. [Orange/Brown Print and Purple Print]


As you can see the colors were not matchy-matchy and I didn't know if I was going to mix them or just make two separate skirts. I played around with the fabric and different patterns and finally settled on a pattern and I mixed the prints for this skirt. I love the pattern I chose and this was my second time making the Alberta Skirt . Once I put the different prints together they kinda blended instead of standing apart. I used the orange and brown print for the front and the purple print for the back and the front pockets. The contrast between the two prints was not …