Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal Skirt (Birthday Blog Tour!)

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When Kennis contacted me asking if I would take part in Itch to Stitch's birthday blog hop, I jumped at the chance to participate. I had been eyeing the Lindy Petal skirt, after seeing some really cute ones like Jess's, and since I feel slightly better about knits after making my Coco, I felt confident to take on the Lindy Petal Skirt--after all, it says it's "Beginner" and that's what I am, at least when it comes to knits!

Although I had a couple jerseys in my stash, the theme of the tour is pattern hacking, and I wanted to add to my paltry collection of "going out" clothes, so I placed an order at mood for... scuba!

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Although I usually sew more colorful clothes, I do actually wear a lot of black--but only at night! In fact, I wear almost exclusively black for "party" clothes; it's something my college friends would always tease me about. Black polo? Totally appropriate for a frat party. Black turtleneck? Sounds like great bar hopping attire!

Since I wear all black anyway, I've been trying to cultivate a "60's girl gang" rocker/model off-duty look for my nighttime wear. I even have a whole pinterest board dedicated to it:

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I'm all about that daytime mod, nighttime rocker lifestyle. (Hence these nighttime photos--which I think turned out really well, actually!)

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Scuba is even easier than a regular knit since it is very stable. The only tricky part was ensuring that the cutting was very straight, since I chose to not hem my edges, a detail I've seen on rtw scuba garments. I would suggest using a rotary blade! Any scissor hacking will be visible.

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I also added a decorative zipper to emphasize the skirt's overlapping "petals" and make it look like a wrap skirt (it's not). If I had thought about it, I would have ordered a silver one, to match my leather jacket (which, by the way, it is finally cool enough to wear again and icantwait). Finding the perfect length zipper was tricky, and they only had one color!

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I wore this out on a sweet date with my husband to the newish Ramen shop in town, Dashi. I love this place! Upstairs they have an izakaya (a Japanese-style pub) with the most amaaazing small plates that combine Japanese and "New Southern" style. We got some local beers, pickles, and boiled peanuts with soy and chiles while we waited for our table downstairs. (Scuba is a great date night fabric because it's stretchy enough to accommodate a lot of ramen noodles, but smooths over any lumps since it's pretty thick!)

Good news: the Lindy Petal skirt is a free pattern! If you want to make your own you can get the pattern from Itch to Stitch here and make your own. It's a very quick pattern and a nice stashbuster for knits since it only takes a yard or two (depending on size & width of fabric). I really enjoyed my first experience with scuba knit--the Lindy Petal skirt was a perfect application and I think it will get a lot of use!

skirt: Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal skirt (free!!) | cardigan: old j. crew (similarsimilar) | shoes: old (similarsimilar)

There are a ton of great bloggers participating in this tour, so go visit them and check out their hacks. Thanks, Kennis!

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xoxo,
allie

ps: the storefront i took pictures in front of is Dashi's neighbor, Rock's Bar and Hair Shop. that's right--it's a bar slash barbershop. sounds weird, but it totally works. at any time, you'll find guys getting hot shaves, waiting for haircuts at the bar, or just popping in for a drink! 

allie J.

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16 comments:

  1. Wow I love your Lindy Petal Skirt! The scuba knit works so well on you with this pattern. The addition of the exposed zipper makes the outfit. It is on trend, edgy, and really cute on you with those boots! I would never guess that was homemade. Beginner pattern with a great evening look!

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    1. Thank you! I agree, it's a really great beginner pattern and easy to achieve a Ready-to-Wear look.

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  2. Absolutely love your skirt! So chic and wearable- and scuba is such a great fabric! I'll have to check out this skirt pattern- and your pinterest board- totally feeling your 'girl gang' vibe :)

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    1. Thanks! I really liked working with scuba--but now I have almost a yard left over that I don't know what to do with! I actually have a question about an idea I have--I'm sending you an email!

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  3. Since I already have a Lindy in my wardrobe, I've been thinking about hacking it into a basic knit pencil. Adding an exposed zipper like you have done would make it awesome. Great idea!

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    1. Oh, it would be really easy and cute to make it a regular pencil skirt, and while my zipper is fake, you could easily add either a fake or working zipper to it fairly simply.

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  4. My fondest sewing memory is probably the time I sewed some clothes for my kids. Cute skirt!

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  5. Love this pattern in scuba knit. Great idea!

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  6. Love your skirt and this is such a great look for you.

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  7. Totally just went and got that pattern! LOVE it!

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    1. Yay! I'm sure designer Kennis will be excited too! ;)

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  8. Scuba knit is one of the scariest thing, I'm always threaten by it and have never bought one although I stop by the section almost everytime in fabric stores, specially those printed ones. You've done a great job and I think the skirt looks beautiful on you. Ooh I have to download this pattern now!

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    1. I was very nervous about it but it was very easy, the hardest bits were cutting very carefully for any exposed raw edges and getting my machine to go through multiple layers.

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