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Art History 101 with professor Kasia McPlaiderson

Added Oct 16, 2010

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






I have been dreaming of this kasia design since I first saw the pattern online. My first or second time to the hand woven minority fabric store I saw this plaid and knew it had to be the Kasia. (I also used it for the Karate McPlaiderson) I Love the colors and the bold lines of this particular plaid. The high waist and the big candylike buttons were perfect with the bright pattern!
When I first looked at the pattern I questioned the gathery pockets… I questioned in for the front, I REALLY questioned it for the back. I think it is a butt gigantifying optical illusion. I regret not changing the pattern… If I use this pattern again I will definitely make some changes there. Also… I am embarrassed that my plaids don’t line up. Please don’t judge me! I was so excited to sew this that I honestly didn’t think hard enough about the detailing… oh well… you learn best when you make mistakes.. now I know! : /
I LOVE the contrasting polkadot fabric for the front pocket! It’s like an inside joke! I know I have that Cheery print in the skirt… and even though nobody else can see it… it makes me happy all day long! Speaking of happy, How bout those buttons??? : )
I love the pocket in the front… I think my next project (at some point…) will be to make some Kasia pants!
This skirt is super fun to teach in because it is so bright, even when my classes are a bit boring.. My skirt is bright enough that hopefully it brightens my students’ days… (or at least keeps them from sleeping!)
Horray for Kasia!

(on a side note… the Art history books are from the Darien Book Fund! They donate and mail books to Peace Corps Volunteers all over the world. I asked for sewing books (since many of my students are wanting to learn to make clothes after seeing my work, so we are starting a sewing club) and art books for my art club! These books are full of images that are like old friends coming to visit me all the way in China! What a great thing the Darien Book Fund is doing! Thanks Darien!

Material Notes

This is minority fabric from our town… from the same store as usual! : ) this is the end of this batch that i bought… I think I’ll have to go pick up another batch soon! (man am I going to miss having access to all this amazing beautiful hand woven heavy weight fabric!)




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Geek, Mod, Preppy

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    Oct 21, 2010, 09.22 PMby kelerabeus

    Those buttons are cute as a button! And did you use a red thread for the buttonholes? Looks red to me and I like it. I’m not sure about the length though, maybe will do magic with some high heels but as a biggest and all time fan of converse all stars I vote for taking up a few inches.

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    Oct 18, 2010, 11.57 AMby chuber

    Never seen you sexier!!! Hmm, about the length, I would need to see you with a brighter short top, and New England flat to judge further…Love your playful studio shots…the color play, the bottoms, the pockets, and high waist.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.56 AMby littlewren

      ah sweet friend!!! thanks! you have to admit that the back gathered panels make my rump look rumpgantic! (not a word… but maybe it is now!) You are so sweet! :) you’re right this skirt looks dreamy with my yellow sweater! … color…mmm always does a body good!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 09.32 PMby nessys

    Sweet and fits you like a dream! I too love the “secret polka dots”. Re length – maybe shorten it an inch or so – but I think skirts always look the most flattering if the knees are not on display. This is just my personal opinion so it’s up to you baby! I think your sneakers you’re wearing with it in the photos are very cute.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.54 AMby littlewren

      thanks so much! I feel the same way about skirts… I had a kind of 40’s length in mind… and I am not terribly keen on my ole’ knees… I think I’ll have to invest in a good pair of yellow heels! :) though I do love my converse all stars!!! :)

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    Oct 17, 2010, 01.37 PMby jimsalmon

    Always fun to meet a new McPlaiderson. Great styling with the buttons and the plaid. Secret polka dots are a joy.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.52 AMby littlewren

      Never thought of them as a family before but now I can’t get enough! That’s AWESOME! Thanks!!! and I agree secret polka dots are a joy!!! : )

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    Oct 17, 2010, 04.55 AMby corduroycoat

    I am in LOVE with those buttons! Fabulous interpretation. So fun.

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    Oct 16, 2010, 11.54 PMby u120418

    I like your fabric so much! It is so bright and cheerful – same for the buttons. I think you are right and that the fabric definitely suits the pattern. After reading the other comment about length I had another look at the full-length photos and I can see what they are saying. I think the length you have it is okay, but it might look a bit better slightly shorter, especially if you’re wearing it with flat shoes.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 10.43 AMby littlewren

      totally agree… thanks for the constructive criticism! yeah… I just wrote this below… but I am dreaming of the perfect heels… even then… maybe I’ll bring it up a bit! thanks again!!! : )

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