Paper Bag Skirt


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I have been wanting to go fabric shopping in the LA fashion district for like, EVER.  Sadly, I only made it there for the first time just a couple months ago, even though Phoenix is only 5 hours from LA.  Me, Marilyn and my SIL Anna hopped in the car and drove over for a couple days to do some relaxing and, of course, shopping!


My super pale baby being held by my uber tan sister-in-law 😉

aaaaIMG_1559I only ended up making it to two fabric stores: Michael Levine (where I got the rayon for this skirt!) and Michael Levine Loft.  They’re both pretty fantastic but the Loft’s prices were AMAZING!

aaaa-loftIt’s one of those kind-of-overwhelming-piles-of-fabric-everywhere kind of places (evidenced above), but all fabric is sold by the POUND.  I wasn’t quite sure what this would translate to when I checked out so I tried to limit myself.  Still, I grabbed 4-5 fabrics, a total of about 10 yards, and it ended up being 20 bucks!!  I could hardly believe it.  And really cute, trendy prints and styles.  Can’t wait to go back there!


I made out like a bandit at both stores and now comes the hard part: trying to decide what to make with it all!  This skirt was my first creation made from the LA stash.  I roughly followed Melly Sews’ tutorial for a gathered skirt, only I just inserted elastic instead of using a drawstring…cause I’m lazy like that.

It’s cool, comfy and goes with every top I own!  Score.  The pockets, of course, are the icing on the cake.

I also made the top in these pics…It’s the Flora pattern from Stitch Upon a Time and it’s quick, easy and a great wardrobe staple.  I used a thin, waffle knit from one of my Girl Charlee Knit Fixes.  It’s a smidge hot for an Arizona August (when will this hellish heat END?!?!?) but I can’t wait to wear it more this fall.

Hooray for a new, comfy momiform!




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