I decided it was time to take a break from experimenting with new patterns and revisit one of my tried and trues. Let's all say it together: New Look 6843! I should just erect a permanent shrine to that pattern over in the sidebar! (I can't get simplicity.com to load today for some reason. Hmm.)
Something must have been in the air, because I also pulled out one of my very favorite pieces of fabric to use.
The date on the selvedge is 2006, but I know I bought it in 2007, right after I started learning to sew. I remember coming across it at Jo-Ann's and being very excited to find something so cool there, in the midst of all the unexciting quilting cottons. So, after letting it age for two years, it was time to dig in!
My original plan, way back when, was to pair this with a red and white print. I know that, because I had the two pieces folded up together, but I'm not sure what project I had in mind. An apron? A skirt with a red band along the bottom? Whatever my plan, I backed off from using other fabric, because I thought this print should take center stage. Still, it needed something to set it off, so I got out my bias tape.
Red or blue? Or...polka dots? For a brief time, I was sold on the idea of using the red and white polka dot tape from this post, but then I second guessed, ran it past my mom, and decided to save that for a project where it would really stand out.
Did you guess I'd go with blue? Me? The biggest fan of red in the world? Well, here's how it is: I knew I'd want to wear a red shirt with this skirt, so I trimmed in blue instead to save myself the angst of matching hues. (How embarrassed I am to admit that!) The sad part is, the blue doesn't really match, but that doesn't bother me. It's just my reds that I'm protective of!