Greetings snipes! After countless summer nights hunting for you 20 years ago, I’ve finally found you! Tonight I’m ready to unveil my mini-wardrobe from the Hobby Lobby fabric haul, accompanied by a belt and a tank top also purchased while on our recent road trip. The belt and tank came from a giant retailer in Prairie du Chien whose name rhymes with bad art and whose sky high ceilings I try to never gaze upon. What can I say – we needed a gallon of water for the hound and a box of Sudafed for me and who, I ask you, can resist three dollar tank tops in lime green or hot pink belts for eight dollars? I’m going to shop local purgatory, aren’t I. Quick! I’ll distract you with a picture!

What were we talking about? Why, polka dot jersey, of course! In case you missed yesterday’s post, I made my very first visit to a Hobby Lobby in Rockford, Illinois, and left with one and a half yards each of pink and black polka dot jersey, three yards of black rose cotton and three yards of super giant grosgrain rick rack. I’m on a mission to build up my summer wardrobe with separates, so I’ve been collecting coordinating wovens and knits for skirts and shirts. How, I ask you, could I resist this black and white polka dot knit?? The black rose cotton was totally up my alley. Here’s the first combo…full length.

Check out that hot pink rick rack hem treatment, all you snipes! I used Kwik Sew 3003, a super simple bias cut skirt with an elastic waist that I’m teaching as a class next week. I’d made a practice run a few months ago and didn’t love it, but then pulled it on to wear last week and decided that I actually loved it for a simple summer skirt. Plus, I really wanted to use the rick rack on the hem, and all my other summer skirt patterns (um the Crescent and the full circle skirt) have much fuller hemlines that would probably require more than my paltry three yards of rick rack!

[rick rack hem treatment]

I’m not sure if it’s obvious, but this rick rack is about three inches wide from rick to rack and it’s more thin and flexible like grosgrain ribbon rather than thick with an obvious weave like traditional rick rack. I serged the hem using the rolled hem setting and then I attached the rick rack with a 4mm twin needle. I just eyeballed it and lined up the rick rack while I was sewing. I also used the twin needle at the waistline when I turned the elastic casing and stitched.

I used Butterick 4685 for the shirt pattern for the black and the pink shirts – the same I used for my Tahitian Treat and Summer of 1980 shirt – with my new-favorite midriff band (here’s my tutorial on the midriff band.) Here’s the pink version. For this version I added elastic to the sleeve hems. I may go back and do that for the black polka dotted shirt as well – I don’t like how the wrong side shows so much when the sleeves flip up on that version.

What else? Oh! A back and side view? Ok, I’ve got some of those!

OK, now a few more looks, mixing the Holly Hobby Lobby wardrobe with stuff already in my closet. First the black dots with a white pencil skirt and nice yellow shoes. I love, love, love black and white and yellow together!

The pink and green dots match perfectly with my Tahitian Treat skirt! I’m getting the hang of this non-orphan sewing! Perhaps it has something to do with my recent obsession with pink and green.

And here’s my above-referenced lime green three dollar tank top. It’s probably more citron than lime, but I have an aversion to overly elaborate color names. As far as I’m concerned the 8 pack of Crayola crayons pretty much covers all the major color groups… Nevertheless, lovely color, isn’t it?? And more black and white polka dots!

Reveal’s over, but before we check out, let’s talk about A-line skirts, shall we? One of my pet peeves of recent times (ahem, Stacy and Clinton) is the all-encompassing love of A-line skirts and repeated assertions that they are universally flattering. I think A-line skirts are flattering for a lot of body types, but if you’ve got some hip action going on, they can be a bit of a bear and they are absolutely NOT the most flattering on me! This Kwik Sew pattern is an A-line and needs to be paired with a shirt with waist definition. The reason I don’t love A-line skirts is that I have the high hip fluff going on (ewwww…  hate that phrase) and A-lines start at my widest point and veer out. Not great. (note… I do have high hopes for the Colette Ginger pattern! The wide waistband may make all the difference!)

I had quite a few different skirt styles out while I was taking pictures today and thought it’d be fun to do a comparison. I like to have pictures on my blog for me to stare at, absentmindedly from a few feet away to analyze what styles I like best, first up…

A-line skirt, longer length absolute least favorite look! It just looks like I’ve got a big piece of fabric wrapped around me! One of the problems I have with A-line skirts is that the flare just isn’t exaggerated enough to get that swingy triangle shape. On me, a lot of A-line skirts just look like frumpy straight skirts.


A-line skirt, shorter length I like this a bit more. I tugged it up a bit which enhanced the triangular A-line shape. This actually looks pretty good in the picture, but from the side there’s just all sorts of FABRIC all over the place!


White straight skirt This pattern is more straight than the bias-cut A line skirt, actually a bit pegged if you look at the paper pattern pieces. This is a favorite skirt style of mine! This particular skirt has a bit more fabric in the hem than I love, but I’ve worn it to death, so it’s obviously one I like!

Pencil skirt, serious shaping Another skirt style I love! Since I don’t like all the width in the hem, this is exactly what’s most comfortable to me.

Side by side!

The last word – Kwik Sew 3003, bias cut skirt

fabric: quilt weight cotton from the Hobby Lobby

pattern: Kwik Sew 3003

notions: 1 yard 3/4 inch elastic, 2 yards wide rick rack

time to complete: 30 minutes to cut, 30 minutes to sew, 10 minutes to finish elastic casing. 24 hours to hang before hemming, 20 minutes to serge hem and attach rick rack

likelihood to make another?: Probably! After a slow start, I’ve come around to this pattern for a simple, quick summer skirt.

curvy girl score – 6 If you’re got a bit of the hippiness going on, elastic waists are difficult to deal with in general. That, plus the A-line being a so-so cut for my body type make this a bit-better than midrange pattern for me. But, it’s super easy to sew, comfy and with all these elastic midriff band T’s I’ve been doing, very workable! Also, it’s a great design for quilt-weight cotton- the bias cut gives it a bit of flexibility and it’s simple lines don’t require a really flowing fabric.

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