Thursday, December 9, 2010

I have an Innocent Crush

I love Anna Maria Horner fabrics.  I mean, really,  I love them. I think I could live in a house entirely decorated with them!  They are so vibrant and interesting that I would never get bored.  So, I was thrilled when Innocent Crush came out and included some options in Velveteen!  I was able to score three yards from Sew Mama Sew when they had their sale a few weeks back.  I love their fast shipping and great customer service!

Anyway, I decided I wanted to make myself the Norma skirt from Ottobre Woman, 5/2010, pattern #2.  The description of their sample said they used stretch velveteen but I decided to try it with AMH's velveteen, which is not stretch.  I took a risk because I do not sew for myself often and I am not a skinny minny anymore.  This was going to take a great deal of attention to detail and patience.

With all that in mind, here is what I made! It was not an easy pattern to follow. The directions did not make sense to me in some places.  I knew how to attach the waist yoke, which was good because Otto's directions were too vague.  And the lining attachment instructions seemed like Greek to me so I made a slip instead of lining the skirt.  The skirt also came out about 4 sizes too large at first so I had to do major alternations on it. 

But, in the end, I now have a skirt to wear to holiday festivities this year!  And I have enough fabric leftover that I will be making a little girl skirt to match soon!  We will both wear our skirts with black tights, black shoes and black tops. 


  1. Such beautiful fabric for such a beautiful skirt. I'm sure you will love wearing it this Christmas season and beyond. I'm glad that you made the difficult pattern work.

  2. Your skirt is so gorgeous and great sewing despite the trouble with the pattern. This velveteen is my favourite of her new fabrics. I can't wait to see the girl's skirt you make :-)

  3. That looks so beautiful Kathy!

    Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas with your loved ones! :)