I am feeling mildly obsessed with corduroy this year, which is handy because my quest for the apples & pears fabric turned out to be too brief (successful, but brief) to keep me occupied for long, but there plenty of options when it comes to corduroy. Sometimes the quest is the thing (although that fabric is the thing, too. I hope I still love it when it gets here.). So I get the quest, & my kid gets to indulge in her funny new passion for SOFT; I was happy to finish the latest skirt not just because of 1. corduroy & 2. adding an inch to my favorite little skirt pattern made it just the right length for fall, but because I am hoping that putting something velvety on her own self will make her a little less inclined to follow me around endlessly rubbing my velour homepants. (You know the kind, not really sweats, you probably wouldn't go out in them but you could get away with it if you needed to, but also not pajamas although sleeping in them is pretty comfortable? Homepants.)
I think she overheard me telling my husband that I don't think that three is too young for some tall black boots to go with her kicky new skirt, because she decided to give us a very stompy modeling show featuring my own black boots, which are just the right height for my own new corduroy skirt.
Consider this a parenthetical picture, I know it's terrible. But despite the blur & the bad lighting, you can still sort of get the idea: I used that book I was so excited about & sewed myself a skirt, & even though it's maybe a little big & the zipper is a total hackjob (not like, I say "oh! this is terrible!" & then you say "but no! your stitches are dainty, even, & mysteriously slimming!" It's complete hackery, but that's what you get when you're putting in your first zipper ever at 1:30 in the morning & you can't find the good seam ripper.), the pattern I made actually worked pretty well & it's the exact right length below my knee (being very tall, this is like the holy grail of skirt lengths). I am satisfied! Plus, I ended up really liking the book. If you are experienced in the ways of skirts, it is not for you, but for my level of experience (competent with machine, reasonable understanding of the whole concept of how to sew things together, but zero experience making clothes for anyone over the age of three) + desire for very basic skirts, it's fantastic. I've got some olive green denim that I'm dying to cut into, but I think that I'm going to try to refine my whole zipper experience first.
And, in non-corduroy news, the second batch of rings is up on the site now. (The aqua/red is my favorite this time, I think, although moss/avocado is a close second. Oh, sparkly!)