so hot right now

(I can't stop using that expression, but only in the most facetious way possible.)

It never fails: every single year, I am sure I have nothing to wear in the summer and spend the months of June, July and August feeling like a slob in old, ratty t-shirts or whatever I find lying around. I recently bought some tie dyed cotton and since tie dye is so hot right now, I decided to make myself a quick(-ish) new skirt the other night. I used a pattern for a paperbag waist skirt (the red Minimarket skirt I got last year at Robber is a favourite of mine, and this pattern is similar). It was easy enough to make once I started completely ignoring the pattern instructions. I made it with a matching sash but I prefer it with a belt.

I also hemmed the skirt by hand and deliberately made the little stitches from my "blindstitch" visible. Why? I don't know. I always like those tiny little stitches that are sometimes unnoticeable. Everything seems to be topstitched these days and so I like the evidence of handstitching.

I wouldn't say that it's a flattering cut, but my Mociun dresses aren't flattering either and I get tons of compliments on them. The material and the cut of this skirt are so comfortable (it has pockets! What's better than a skirt with pockets?) -- I don't really care if they emphasize my hips. I'm over it.

In fact, I'm going to make a couple more using some of this African print fabric I picked up the other day for pennies.

I had had African textiles on the brain since our trip to Chicago; when we had brunch at Lula one of the hostesses was wearing a cute pencil skirt in an African wax print. So hot right now. I'm not even one for bold prints but I adore these, especially for summer.

Which reminds me, have you seen the new Norwegian Wood collection? Amazing.


Prosecco, Hello Lindello, kater, erica-knits, michelle, : Thank you! I seem to be strangely picky about pillows (I get tired of prints really easily) so when I saw this fabric, I knew just what to do with it.

Jane Flanagan: Ha! I think you might be right. I'm glad so many other people seem to like it, though.

vanessa joie, ashleymoe, Gem, Trace, carly, Sasa, Tea Party Crasher, Claudia: I agree that it is beautiful fabric! Melinda is so talented.

J.Loo: I did it the laziest way possible and stitched them closed. So I'll have a fun time of it when I need to wash them.

erin: Thank you! Yes, her screenprints are great too! I have the teaparty cat one, and I love it.

Tess: Ha, that's true. Maybe it will mean that we'll be able to snag amazing kitty printed things for now. Cats will always be trendy... in my HEART! Hahahaha.

Bekväm: They are, aren't they? Haha.

nice-etc.com / caitlin: Thanks! Oh, hanging on the wall is nice too! I love looking at these little cat heads!

May: Napkins are a great idea! In fact I may have to do that too! The cotton-linen blend would be a good choice for that purpose.


  1. I've been kind of getting over things not being flattering lately too. I'm probably dressing up more as a result, wearing some of my favourite things even if I look far less than perfect in them. Before I would just throw on the same old jeans and top and feel like a slob anyway... so what was I really gaining by being more self-critical?!

    I love this skirt and I adore the African print. I can't wait to see that one when you've finished!

  2. I love making these types of skirts. They're so easy, yet so fun to wear. It's really all about the fabric, and you've picked up some great prints there!

  3. I am *so* with you on all of this. Summer sneaks up on me, too - and I'm also over the worrying about what's unflattering. That Zara cat dress does me no favors, but I get so many compliments on it! Also: Lula is the best - the hostesses always look so cute. And can I also say: I so, so admire how quickly you whip things up on that sewing machine, jeepers. That skirt is excellent.

  4. I've been making my own skirts recently too! It's the first time I've ever made my own clothing, and you're totally my inspiration!

    I just put an elastic waistband in a tube of fabric, but it seems that's all most of the trendy skirts are this season. I've done one in gingham, and a reversible one in some sweet calico.

    I've been eyeing those cheap African prints for awhile too. Have you seen The #1 Ladies Detective Agency? Jill Scott wears the prettiest African print dresses in it.

  5. that skirt is awesome. i need a whole wardrobe made by you. truly.

  6. This is awesome! The fabric is great and I bet it will look beautiful with that African print fabric (I also am a huge fan of Lula - best brunch in Chicago). What pattern did you use? I've been wanting to make a skirt like this myself.

  7. lovely! i would love to live in paper-bag waisted skirts this summer. ...first i need to learn how to sew!

  8. these are so great! i love finding amazing fabrics... i would love to make a skirt like that, do you need a pattern?

  9. That's a great skirt! I like how the stitching shows as well :) and I love african prints as well. Bold, daring, fun, ethnic, I just love 'em.

    p.s. good for you for not worrying about whats flattering and what isn't, it's such a trivial matter and I totally agree with you. Just wear whatever you like!

    Mustart x

  10. Oh, I needed to hear that bit about not being self-critical. I've been in self-critical overdrive; the sudden onset of hot weather is my nightmare! I'm glad to hear you're so over it. I'm going to take that advice.

    Your skirt is so cute! I can't wait to see the African print versions, the colors as so great. Pockets are the best!

  11. MMM! I love the sunburst-esque tie-die pattern on the skirt!


  12. so hot right now, that made me laugh so hard! it's really fun to hand stitch a hem and it's totally worth it, even if no one else can see your little stitches, you know they are there and it will make you happy! i think your skirt looks lovely!

  13. love love love!
    I so agree that these kind of fabrics seem very right right now.
    I have pretty much always been somewhat drawn to ethnic-y prints and tie-dye in the summer. Once the weather gets warm, the former teenage hippy in me starts to come back. When I was a teenager, I used to watch the movie 'Hair' as fashion inspiration at the beginning of every summer and make myself halter tops and bohemian sun dresses. Although, there is nothing 'hippy-ish' about your skirt. It is (and the others will be) totally chic.

  14. that is such a great skirt! i can't sew for my life but i will be on the lookout to add that to my wardrobe.

  15. Anabela, this skirt is so beautiful! Hope you post pics of you wearing it.

  16. The skirt looks so cute! And I couldn't agree more about pockets - they are so wonderful in skirts and dresses!

    I love dressing for summer weather, cute sundresses, sandals, floaty tops -- I think you are well on your way to embracing summer fashion with this skirt (and potential skirts)!

    Chic on the Cheap

  17. I love that skirt. I've recently put in alaot of work with my own sewing machine and hope to get some cute sweetheart neck-line dresses out. Polkadots anyone?

    I can't wait to see your African print skirts when done. :)

  18. Never apologise for quoting zoolander...it is always HOT. I finally visited a fabric shop here and was thrilled to see fantastic waxed fabrics. I want a Mandiba sundress!

  19. I loooove African wax prints! can't wait to see what you make w/them...I wish I was so talented...

    hahahah soooo hot right now. just like, "I die," which I said religiously for a few months this past Fall

  20. I love that your hand stitching shows on the skirt. It makes it very sweet. The shape is great too. And don't worry about those hips, lady. Comfort and pockets are way more important!

  21. The colors on that skirt are so bright and perfect for summer, like you did a dye job with a melted sno-cone.

  22. omg, the fabric & cut of that skirt looks so great! any chance you'll be making any to sell?