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Mariska in Spots and Stripes // Giveaway!

May 7, 2014

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

These days I seem to be using pattern testing as a way to keep me motivated and finding the time to sew.  Take this skirt for example.  It’s the new Mariska Skirt by Kate & Rose.

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

Kati emailed me to ask if I would help test one of the patterns in her new Midtown Collection while I was working on my Belcarra blouse.  When I saw the design lines of the Mariska skirt, my thoughts immediately jumped to the spots and stripes silk twills I had left over in my stash after making my Tessuti Awards entry back in 2012.  Ever since making that spots-and-stripes dress,  I’d always wished it was a bit easier to dress down so I could wear it more often. Using the leftover fabric to make a spots-and-stripes skirt seemed like a great alternative.  As an added bonus, the skirt that was beginning to take shape in my imagination seemed like it would perfectly pair with the white blouse on my sewing table (when the finicky Seattle weather cooperates, of course!).

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

So, I gave Kati an enthusiastic YES! and began working on yet another sewing project with yet another deadline.

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

Even with the impending move and a three-month-old little girl, things were going quite well, and I was sure I was going to finish the skirt well before Kati’s pattern testing deadline.  The zipper was even in with days to spare…

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

But then I tried on the skirt.  And I liked it.  I like it a lot.  I liked it so much that the optional lining that I had originally decided to leave off in order to speed the making of the skirt now seemed like a necessity.  The skirt was too nice not to line.  By the time I’d dug back through my stash to find the leftover silk crepe de chine I’d use to line the spots-and-stripes dress, prepped it, and sewed it in, the pattern testing deadline had passed.

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

But, my skirt was now lined, and I had still been able to send Kati my thoughts on the pattern and instructions before the deadline passed, even if I didn’t have a finished garment to show off (yet again!).

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

Though I really liked the skirt as is – it’s wonderfully swishy and swirly – it sounds like she made a bunch of improvements to the pattern after receiving feedback from all of the testers.  So, the skirt pattern you guys would make would be even better.

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

I really wanted a nice but subtle finish to my seams since most of the flounce seams are not hidden by the lining due to the high-low nature of the hem.  I wasn’t sure I had the time to deal with French seams again so soon.  I thought serged edges would be substantial but disappear against the busy print, but I was also a bit nervous as to how the silk twill seams would behave through my serger.  I ran a scrap piece of the silk twill through my serger and everything seemed to do just fine, so serger it was.  For the rest I machine hemmed the lining, hand sewed the waistband lining down to the skirt, hand picked the zipper, and hand hemmed the flounce.

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

The instructions call for a hook and eye at the waistband, but I decided to use two cute little white buttons to play off the polka dots.  One question – is there a proper way to directionally sew a waistband button hole if you’re going that route?  I sewed mine perpendicular to the direction of the waistband (up and down, if you will), but after I was through, I realized my jeans waistband buttonhole was sewn parallel to the direction of the waistband (side to side, if you will).  I chose perpendicular so that the buttonhole would disappear behind the button, but perhaps it’s best to sew the buttonhole in the direction that it’ll have the most give?

Sew Well Mariska Skirt

At least one of us is happy for the camera!  Generally, she’s such a happy baby.  But, there’s something about these photo shoots that just gets her pout on.  Maybe she’s camera shy? Or, maybe it’s just that she’s already practicing that perfect model pucker for the camera?!

Now for my favorite part – the giveaway. Kati of Kate & Rose has generously offered to give one of you a pattern of your choice from her recent collection!  Perhaps you’re more of a Giselle dress or Zsalya top kind of person.  No problem!  (By the way, have you seen the stunning floral Giselle dress that Kati made?!  Oh la la!)  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment below letting me know. I’ll pick a winner at random next Wednesday, May 14th at 7 am PDT. Good luck!

70 Comments leave one →
  1. Shari permalink
    May 7, 2014 10:54 am

    Enter me, please!

  2. May 7, 2014 10:59 am

    Nice print combo! I love your take on this skirt. I’ve been eyeing the Giselle dress over the last few days myself… I’d love to enter a giveaway for it :)

  3. May 7, 2014 11:01 am

    Great use of those fabric scraps! They make a beautiful skirt!

  4. May 7, 2014 11:32 am

    Your Mariska is lovely! I purchased Kate & Rosa’s Roza recently, though have yet to stitch it up. I currently have my eye on Giselle! Please enter me :D

  5. May 7, 2014 11:34 am

    Love the skirt! Please enter me in the giveaway–I’ve been eyeing all three of those new patterns and would have a tough decision!

  6. May 7, 2014 11:36 am

    Oh, I would love it! You look lovely, by the way. Also, my MIL just sent me fabric money for my birthday, and I’m thinking a trip to District Fabrics is in order. Are you up for a field trip sometime?

    • May 14, 2014 3:58 pm

      Yes, let’s plan a shopping trip! Things are still so hectic that I’ll about a million emails behind these days, but I’ll do my best to email you before the week is out :)

  7. May 7, 2014 12:18 pm

    Stunning skirt!
    Maybe it’s an idea to knit/sew a lens buddy for baby girl?

  8. sherri permalink
    May 7, 2014 12:20 pm

    Great skirt. I love your fabric choice. Please enter me on your drawing.

  9. Mary Ann Adsms permalink
    May 7, 2014 12:27 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this skirt! I’m a big fan of polka dots, perfect with the swirl and pattern! So cute!!!!!
    Enter me please!!!

  10. May 7, 2014 12:31 pm

    What a fab way of combining the fabrics, very cute. I love the zsalya dress so please enter me :)

  11. Margaret permalink
    May 7, 2014 12:45 pm

    Love the way you combined fabrics on the skirt. Please enter me in your drawing.

  12. Nicola Mcbeath permalink
    May 7, 2014 12:52 pm

    I love your skirt and your original spots and strips dress too. Great fabric combination! I also feel understand your challenge of sewing with baby strapped to you. My youngest was like that but now he is 18 months and and it’s much easier…except when he wants to “help” me sew! Please enter me for the giveaway – thanks!

  13. May 7, 2014 12:54 pm

    Nice skirt, love the fabric combination!

  14. May 7, 2014 1:14 pm

    Oooh, I’ve never heard of them so I’m excited to check the patterns out.

  15. Heather permalink
    May 7, 2014 1:21 pm

    Cute skirt! I’d love to try the Zsalya top, such a great neckline!

  16. Jessica R permalink
    May 7, 2014 1:26 pm

    Your pattern mixing is fantastic – it makes the skirt really exciting! I would love to have the Giselle dress, as I don’t think I have a pattern for a v-necked dress.

  17. May 7, 2014 1:30 pm

    Thanks for introducing this new to me pattern line. Both Giselle dress and Zsalya top look so cute. I would love to make them. Your baby is growing so fast! I am sure she will start doing selfies pretty soon ;o)

  18. Nora permalink
    May 7, 2014 1:30 pm

    I would like to be entered as well! Your skirt turned out beautiful!

  19. Virginia permalink
    May 7, 2014 1:48 pm

    I would love to enter your competition. thanks a lot!

  20. May 7, 2014 2:00 pm

    I would love the chance to win; the Zsalya Top looks stellar (as do the other patterns too!)

  21. Judi permalink
    May 7, 2014 3:02 pm

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing. I do like this pattern as well as their Zsalya dress pattern, but I have lots of patterns that I need to make. That’s not a complaint…having lots of patterns is good. :)

    Your skirt is major cute with the dots and stripes! Yes it is better to have your button holes parallel (sideways) on waistbands so they don’t stretch out of shape.

    Baby girl just has her “serious” look. She is adorable!

  22. May 7, 2014 3:13 pm

    Oooh, I had pinned the Roza dress a while ago but then forgot about this pattern company completely. I’m glad to be reminded of them, though, because the new Giselle pattern looks like exactly what I’ve been searching for in a maxi dress. I would love to win it!

  23. May 7, 2014 3:17 pm

    I love how your skirt turned out. Great job! I’d love to be part of the drawing – I might become obsessed with the Giselle dress soon…

  24. May 7, 2014 3:50 pm

    Your post came at the right time, I’ve been to Kate & Rose on etsy and have favorited the Giselle dress and Mariska skirt. They’d both be perfect for summer! I love your version with the two prints.

  25. May 7, 2014 4:18 pm

    Love t! Have made the Roza shirt and just bought the Giselle now I just need to win this skirt pattern ;)

  26. Suzanne permalink
    May 7, 2014 4:29 pm

    I’d like to enter.

  27. May 7, 2014 4:34 pm

    I love Kati’s patterns! And your skirt turned out great! Definitely, enter me into the giveaway.

  28. Nicole permalink
    May 7, 2014 4:58 pm

    I am absolutely love the Zsalya shirt .
    I would love to give that pattern a try

    Thanks so much

  29. May 7, 2014 4:59 pm

    I’m just getting back into sewing after many years of none. My pattern library is from the early 80’s through the 90’s. I need some new looks. Your fabric mixing is brilliant. I love this. Thank you for the chance to win a lovely pattern.

  30. May 7, 2014 5:20 pm

    That skirt is FABULOUS!! I love the fabrics you chose too! I’d love a chance to try this new to me pattern company!

  31. Ines permalink
    May 7, 2014 6:21 pm

    I love your skirt! Perhaps I can win a Mariska skirt myself!

  32. Nenny permalink
    May 7, 2014 7:47 pm

    Oh, I really love the Zsalya top…! I wish I could win this..!

  33. Lori permalink
    May 7, 2014 7:55 pm

    That skirt I great! I love the combo of prints. I’d love to win a pattern. Thanks!

  34. Cherie permalink
    May 7, 2014 8:12 pm

    Amy, your skirt is so elegant with your choice of the fabric “scraps”. Your baby girl is so beautiful, and the house you wrote about earlier sounds divine! It’s no wonder the blog has been a bit silent, one can only be pulled in so many directions! But you’ve not lost your impeccable design eye, with your makes and that interesting house! Best to you,

    Cherie in Phoenix

  35. May 7, 2014 8:38 pm

    This Mariska skirt is very cute & looks very versatile ! Thanks for a chance to win !!!
    Your daughter is so adorable – my new granddaughter is 8 months :)

  36. Kat H permalink
    May 7, 2014 9:26 pm

    I love your fabric mix, very fun. :-)

    Thanks for the chance to go in the draw! If I won, I’d choose the Giselle dress. :-)

  37. May 8, 2014 2:46 am

    Thanks making good use of leftovers. Actually one of the better high/low skirts, but I like the Roza pattern. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck with your new house.

  38. May 8, 2014 4:18 am

    i’ve been eying up the giselle dress too! re buttonholes – i think it depends if you want sideways give or not. so on a waistband i would do them horizontal (you know, for big lunches!) but on the front like on a kelly skirt, i’d make them vertical. if you look at a man’s shirt, the collar buttons are often horizontal but the body buttons are vertical as you don’t want them to pull looser. not explaining it very well but does that make sense? it does in my head!

  39. May 8, 2014 5:11 am


  40. Sylvia permalink
    May 8, 2014 5:26 am

    Oh Amy your baby girl is adorable! And, I love that skirt. I do like that fabric you made it in too. I remember it from your dress and I keep thinking Im going to have to find something like it. But not right now!…wedding coming up!! Maybe in June? I’d love to win that skirt pattern. Thanks for the draw Amy. Enjoy that sweet little one. :)

  41. May 8, 2014 6:03 am

    Beautiful skirt! well done!

  42. May 8, 2014 6:40 am

    Fabulous skirt, Amy, the fabrics you used just make the pattern. Your little girl is getting so big.

  43. May 8, 2014 6:51 am

    I love this skirt so much!! Your fabric choice is just perfect. Thanks so much for the giveaway–fingers crossed ;).

  44. My Sewing Suite permalink
    May 8, 2014 7:03 am

    This skirt is fantastic. Great job finding time to do something for you while moving and taking care of Baby Girl. I like the Zsalaya blouse/dress. pattern.

  45. May 8, 2014 7:11 am

    The fabrics are just perfect! It looks so nice to wear too, enough movement for baby wrangling. This is a new company for me, but I really like the Giselle dress! Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Carolyn permalink
    May 8, 2014 7:26 am

    Please enter me! Love these patterns.

  47. kimberly permalink
    May 8, 2014 8:31 am

    i’d love to be entered in the giveaway! yay!

  48. May 8, 2014 10:41 am

    Wow! All the patterns are lovely! I especially like the Zsayla and Giselle!

  49. Roni Arbel permalink
    May 8, 2014 11:10 am

    I would sew the buttonhole horizontally, I find it more “safe” as the button won’t open accidentally.
    I love your skirt. so summary but elegant.

  50. May 8, 2014 1:24 pm

    Great use of the fabric! I would love to be entered :)

  51. May 8, 2014 6:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of Kate and Rose before. Thanks for sharing! I would love to try out their patterns!

  52. May 9, 2014 8:00 am

    This looks like a lovely pattern! I’d be delighted to be entered into the giveaway drawing. Thanks to you both.

  53. May 9, 2014 12:02 pm

    The giselle dress is really adorable, I’d love to make it up in something lofty and flowy for summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Joy permalink
    May 9, 2014 8:12 pm

    Such an awesome skirt! I would love to win the giveaway – thanks for hosting :-)

  55. May 10, 2014 12:28 am

    I love your skirt! Great fabric combination. I really like the Giselle dress,so I’d love to be entered for that.

  56. Rita permalink
    May 10, 2014 7:37 pm

    Your skirt is beautiful! I would love to make one too to wear through the summer. I think your
    “little one” is checking out her mother’s new skirt.

  57. kimberly permalink
    May 10, 2014 9:06 pm

    i’d love a chance to try out a pattern! thank you so much

  58. May 11, 2014 6:31 am

    I love this skirt…the fabrics are just lovely…but your little girl really steals the show, pout or no pout. She’s adorable.

  59. Jean permalink
    May 11, 2014 8:20 am

    Beautiful skirt, especially in those prints — and what a great mom and daughter shot! I hope you have a wonderful first Mother’s Day today!

  60. Kim permalink
    May 12, 2014 11:45 am

    I love the mixing of the prints in your skirt. I would love a chance to win the pattern and try something similar. Thanks!

  61. May 12, 2014 6:54 pm

    Gorgeous skirt – i also entered the Tessuti Awards in 2012 so have spots and stripes floating around still! I like what you did with them. Would love to be added into the draw. Thanks!

  62. May 13, 2014 12:49 pm

    Looking for a skirt pattern and this is perfect! Add me to the drawing

  63. Becky Ensinger permalink
    May 13, 2014 6:12 pm

    Please enter me. I love that skirt!

  64. May 14, 2014 3:26 am

    Your skirt is fabulous and will go great with the Belcarra (I’m on a Sewaholic kick right now — love Tasia’s patterns). Please enter me!

  65. May 22, 2014 2:16 am

    The skirt is so absolutely FAB. but what got me was one of the later pix with you holding your child. Grade A wonderful!

  66. May 23, 2014 4:16 am

    Gorgeous skirt Amy! Good luck with the move!


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