July is a pretty busy month for me and I’ll be spending a lot of time with family and away from the computer. So I thought it was a good time to bring some posts home, especially all the stuff I’ve been sharing on Miss Matatabi the last few months. This one is back from February!
I love to sew for my daughters, but recently I’ve been trying to sew more women’s clothing, so today I’ve got a skirt that I made for myself and I’m so excited to be here sharing it with you!
If you know me, you know that I’ve been a HUGE Nani Iro fan for a few years now, but unfortunately my local fabric store stopped carrying the fabric. I had to search elsewhere to feed my Nani Iro addiction and that’s how I found Miss Matatabi. Frances has been my official supplier ever since! I started out only buying little bits of fabric and using it only for my daughter because it’s pricier than most other fabrics and I didn’t want to buy a large amount of yardage. But after realizing that a toddler does not need or appreciate the perfection that is Nani Iro, I was determined to start using the fabric for me. And I’m so glad that I did!
First of all, the prints are always gorgeous and very much my style. It’s like the artist, Naomi Ito, reaches into my dreams and makes them into fabric! Ok, I realize I sound a little crazy now, but that’s now much I adore her work. Secondly, the fabric is always such amazing quality – it feels great, it looks great and it’s a joy to sew.
The fabric that I used for this skirt is Nani Iro Birds Eye – C and it is a soft brushed cotton. The print is a gorgeous mix of colors in a style reminiscent of a Monet painting. The main color is a light lilac, but if you look closely there is a wonderful mix of mint, dark purple, tan, blue, cream, goldenrod and yellow. It’s such a unique and delicate print – I feel like I’m wearing a piece of artwork! This print is available in several different colorways.
The fabric itself is unbelievably cozy and soft. It’s a bit heavier in weight than say, double gauze or some quilting cottons, but because of the looser weave and softness, it still has a lovely drape and is suitable for sewing garments.
The pattern I used for the skirt is Liesl + Co’s Everyday Skirt. It was my first time sewing it and I loved it! It’s a really simple pattern, suitable for beginners, but comes out looking so professional. I love patterns that give you the confidence to sew for yourself!
The skirt features a flat-front waistband and elastic in the back for perfect fit and comfort. There are side panels that aren’t gathered to avoid any extra bulk in the hip area (which I think is genius!) and pockets, of course! I really recommend this basic skirt pattern, especially if you are new to sewing women’s clothes. I definitely plan on making more!
When my 3 year old saw my skirt she begged me to make her one too. She loved the feel of the fabric. I think this fabric would be wonderful as a scarf, a luxurious pair of pajamas, a pillow case or a blanket. In fact, when I laid my hands on this fabric for the first time, I had the urge to make it into a blanket so I could snuggle with it all the time. But now I can wear it out and still feel so comfortable at the same time.
I also made the top that I’m wearing in these pictures. It’s a simple knit dolman sleeve top that I made based off another shirt that I own. I was going to make more and blog it eventually, but that never happened. Just another to add to the “things I’ll blog about someday (aka never)” pile :)