The new Kinga skirt pattern is in pre-sale mode as part of the second Sewing Indie Month bundle (available only through September 11). I used it as my inspiration for the tutorial I posted at Lolita Patterns, but I want to tell you a little bit more about it. The idea for the basic shape comes from one of my favorite kinds of Hungarian folk wear, from the Northern part of Hungary:
The embroidery from the villages in this region inspired my Faraway Garden and Cabbage Rose Fancy embroidery pattern sets (which I have written about before, here), and I really love the skirts with the ribbons and layers. The Kinga skirt is a contemporary interpretation of that silhouette.
Here it is from the back (the ribbons are sewn on above the ruffle, and this is the Olive top with the ribbon and zipper):
Because I’m short (5’2″), for my own version I shortened the top portion of the skirt by about an inch and a half. I used a light-weight organic hemp-poly-cotton denim with 2% lycra, so I went down a size to make it more fitted (to size 6). When I make it in a non-stretchy woven, I use the pattern one size larger (size 8), though some days and with some fabrics I might go up to size 10.
I made no attempt to match colors and ribbons because the inspiration outfits are also a wild hodge-podge of shades and florals.
It’s messy and wild and exuberant and hopeful and somehow, it all works together anyway.
For the rest of Sewing Indie Month, I’ve got a little surprise for you, because let’s celebrate by making things together!
Please take 40% off all Kate & Rose patterns, sewing and embroidery both (on Bigcartel and Etsy), until midnight on September 30, and make something beautiful! Use coupon code SIM2015 to get your discount at checkout. You can use your creation to enter any of the awesome Sewing Indie Month contests too. Or make something with the new Kinga skirt pattern, which you can get as part of the current SIM 2015 bundle, along with tons of other awesome patterns at a great price that also benefits charity. The bundle is only available until Friday, September 11, so hurry and grab your copy!