Sew Frosting – Marimekko skirt plans

Hi, I got a late start to the Sew Frosting party – the sewing challenge hosted by Heather Lou  Closet Case Patterns and Kelli of True Bias, encouraging people to sew “frosting” (frivolous and fun!) as opposed to “cake” (basics and staples). For more about the challenge, see Heather Lou’s blog post and search the hashtag #sewfrosting on Instagram to see all the wonderful makes.

When I  thought about what “frosting” fabrics I had, I immediately thought about this striking Marimekko fabric I got at Crate and Barrel several years ago. I remember it was discounted –not by much – but I loved the colors so I splurged on 1 1/3 yards (~1.2 meters) of this cotton fabric from Finland.

Marimekko - TULTAKERO - cotton fabric - Sew Frosting -

Even though it was holiday fabric – note the trees – the colorway didn’t quite say Christmas so I thought it could be used for other purposes. Yesterday I searched for this fabric online to see what it was called. I found other colorways of this fabric and learned that it was called Tultakero. The selvage of my yardage didn’t have the name on it.


I spotted this red, green and white version of Tultakero on eBay. As you can see, it has more of that holiday feel.

Tultakero - Marimekko fabric

The colorway I have doesn’t have any green in it; instead, it features red, magenta, purple, deep yellow and dark violet. Here’s another section of the fabric.

Tultakero - Marimekko - holiday fabric - Sew Frosting -

Sewing my stash

I have been (mostly) sticking to my fabric fast this year, trying to sew my stash rather than shop for new fabric. This fabric is 57″ wide and I will cut it in half and use one piece for the skirt front and another for the back.

I want to use inverted pleats or maybe a combination of inverted pleats in the back and one big pleat or fold in the front. I’ll use one of my favorite skirt patterns – the Deer and Doe Chardon as my jumping off point. I’ve made five versions of it – from color blocked to maxi. The most recent one I made I changed the waist by removing a few of the front pleats to make an adjustable waist with a silk ribbon tie.

I tend to gravitate towards the same shades of red, rose and plum. I knew I had a solid red cotton and a fuchsia cotton. I just had to dig around to find them (which bin? which drawer?). I found the two fabrics and also discovered that I have a wide Petersham ribbon that perfectly matches one of the colors in the Marimekko fabric as you can see below.

photography canvas backdrops

I will color block the skirt with maybe the solid red and fuchsia above and below the print. Or maybe the print at the top? I’m not sure.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to start or finish sewing this before the Sew Frosting deadline of Nov. 30 because I sprained my right ankle just before Thanksgiving. 🙁 So I needed to stay off my foot, instead of standing to cut my fabric or using the pedal on my sewing machine. But the good news is that my ankle is feeling much better and I can start making this skirt!

Thanks to Heather Lou and Kelli for the inspiration!

My sewing indie pattern prizes

Hi, I hope you’re having a fun October! This week I had a delightfully tough time choosing which indie patterns I wanted as part of my Everyday Casual Sewalong Contest prizes.

Everyday Casual Sewalong Pattern Prize Pack -

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick which specializes in petite and petite plus size patterns, officially offered the Mimosa Blouse PDF pattern. However, Betsy, the SBCC’s designer told me I could pick whichever PDF pattern I wanted. Thanks, Betsy!

I decided to go for the Manhattan Trousers. I haven’t made any pants in ages. What sold me on these pants is that they have a contoured waistband. Yes! I typically have to grade up in the hips and a wide waistband will have “gaposis” if it’s not contoured. I’m not petite (5′ 8″ or about 172 cm) but it’s easy to lengthen. These pants have optional pockets and belt loops.

Paprika Patterns offered the Jade Skirt, a PDF pattern for knits with an interesting folds in the front (no folds in the back).

The other designers offered a couple of patterns to choose from or any pattern from their collections.

Waffle Patterns gave a choice between the Perpernoot coat … or the Monaca shirt – a draped wrap top. The coat really isn’t my style, plus it doesn’t get very cold in California so it wouldn’t get much wear, so I opted for the Monaca, which needs to be worn with a cami or tee because it dips a bit low in the front.
I really have no idea how this will look on me. I have a feeling it’s more flattering on slim figures but we’ll see…
Closet Case Patterns offered my choice of a PDF pattern. I already got the Nettie bodysuit as part of the Sewing Indie Month Bundle sale. So I decided to get the Carolyn Pajama pattern. I love pajamas! They can be really expensive to buy off the rack. I usually get something at a discount store but I’m never happy with the fabric – usually some cheap synthetic. But now I can make my own. Thank you Closet Case Patterns!
Muse Patterns are designs with a vintage feel. I chose the Jenna Cardi, a cute cropped cardi, which has nice color blocking opportunities.

And the other part of my prize package included…
Everyday Casual Sewalong prizes
I had fun browsing the Tessuti patterns – tops, skirts, dresses, pants, and jackets, oh my! I’d seen many lovely things people have made from Tessuti on Instagram, particularly the Stitcher & Gatherer‘s Sydney Jacket, which you can see on her blog here. Plus I remembered Sew Busy Lizzy’s blog post about the Sydney Jacket. I don’t have any Tessuti patterns, primarily because I’d prefer getting a paper pattern but shipping from Australia costs more than the pattern.
What did I pick? Well, I looked at all the patterns on Tessuti’s website. I liked the Eva Dress but wondered, do I really need another dress pattern? Then I went to Pattern Review to skim all the things people made from Tessuti patterns. (You can see them here.) The Eva Dress still caught my eye, particularly after I saw the versions by Blogless Anna and Up So Late. It’s got an interesting shape – and pockets!
So I picked this pattern and then I had one more to pick! I looked at all the jackets and decided that the one that would get the most wear would be the Tokyo Jacket. It’s got 3/4 sleeves and looks like it will go well with pants and skirts. And it has pockets in the front – always a plus for a jacket.
I can hardly wait to start downloading the PDFs and for my Tessuti patterns to arrive! Thank you to all the participating designers and companies for providing such great prizes!