Happy 2014! The sun came out for a while this morning, and I was able to get a few pictures of my last sewing accomplishment for 2013.
Nothing too exciting here ... just another rendition of my "Fuller Moon" skirt. However, this fabric really spoke to me. I love the little mandarin oranges that are at their best this time of year: I've been eating them throughout the holidays. I'm also a native of the great state of Florida, which is strongly associated with citrus. I found this at High Fashion Fabrics in downtown Houston (back when I lived in downtown Houston -- maybe two years ago). It's Michael Miller quilting cotton, but has a soft, almost plush-like feel to its surface. Not all quilting cotton is the same, even from the same designer or manufacturer. This is one of the good ones!
For the yoke facing I used a fat quarter from a pack my mother in law gave me for my birthday, which coordinates nicely:
I fixed the waistband problem I'd had on the last couple of skirts I made by going back and re-tracing the Burda 7741 skirt waistband that I used as a starting point for this pattern way back when. Somehow over the past few years I'd managed to gradually draft in too much curve, why I don't know! The original waistband is pretty close to perfect.
I've been feeling the need for new skirts (too many of the ones I made last year just didn't work out as I'd hoped) so today I'm squeezing in just one more, from the same pattern. After that, I need to focus on my ATCs for the rest of January -- I have a deadline, which I'll explain soon. Tomorrow, alas, it's back to work, but at least things should start slow, since many people will still be on vacation until Monday.