Quick Stuff to Sew, and it's on newsstands now. It's a publication from the editors of Threads. (You may know that I'm obsessed with Threads magazine, so this feels like a brush with greatness for yours truly.) I'm giving away a copy; read to the end for details.
An editor approached me early in the year, saying they were looking for an article on drafting and sewing circle skirts. Would I be interested in writing something like that? Um, yeah! I love making circle skirts, and here was an opportunity to do a tutorial that would be professionally illustrated, photographed, and edited. I was all over it, readers.
Circle skirts aren't hard at all, but they take a little bit of math to draft the pattern. I'm really proud of the instructions in this article--in fact, I've gone back to refer to them myself a couple times!
There are two skirt examples in the article. One is knee-length red taffeta with a sparkly button closure at the waist. The second is a tea-length variation with a layer of polka dot tulle over iridescent taffeta, with a simple bow sash. My friends at B&J provided the fabric, so it's the good stuff. If you ever want some of this amazing tulle, give them a call--they have it in a jillion colors.
I have the samples at home now, but they're so tiny that I just get to stare at them longingly rather than wear them. The models wore a 25" waist. I had several minor panic attacks while sewing, terrified that I'd made the skirts too small. They looked so miniscule! They'd barely fit on my old Cabbage Patch doll, Barney! But all was well; it turns out models really are that skinny.
You can order the issue online here, and I've seen it in the newsstand at Barnes & Noble. But I'm giving away a copy to one reader here! Just leave a comment (email address included, please, just so I can notify you if you win). I'll draw a name at the end of the day tomorrow. Readers from all locations eligible!