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.
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.