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I want loads and loads of dresses - and I remind myself of this fact every morning when I get dressed. Despite that, my next two sewing projects are actually going to be skirts:

1) The first one, and this should be fairly easy to do, is to take apart the Pastille I made and make a Pastille-inspired skirt. I was considering wearing the dress one morning this week, but I realized that I won't be wearing it ever again because it has snapped at one of the arms in a way which cannot be fixed. It should be fairly straightforward to turn it into a skirt: I basically need to add a zipper and a waist band, and possibly some embellishment to the bottom pleats.

2) The second project is inspired by this modcloth skirt, which I saw and went "awwwww":

Image from modcloth.com

While I do not own any gingham fabric, I do have some olive houndstooth that I picked up in Romania over the Christmas break. It should be fairly easy to do - I need 3x my waist measurement, a zipper and a waist band. I can even do a tutorial when I'm done.

If you look closely at this skirt with the modcloth zoom feature, you'll see that the pleats are actually stitched down, which I find incredibly interesting. I have a summer skirt that uses this same technique to make a pleat on the skirt front, and I've been dying to try it out - I figure using a double needle is the best way to go about it, although the double needle I own might be a bit too small for it. So that's what I'll be doing this weekend.

PS I now have to re-read my posts several times because typing with the splint is pretty hard :(

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