I am participating in the Living Skirt Art series hosted by Skirt Fixation, and I couldn't be more excited about it!
Amy began her career as an artist working for Walt Disney Animation Studios. From there, she leapt into the world of visual effects and graphic arts on more than 30 feature films including “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “The Amazing Spiderman,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and raised in three different countries, Amy is fluent in five languages and an avid polo player. She was also on the design team that created the top secret commercial for Apple’s iWatch before the product was launched. As her visual effects experience grew, so did her side business – Amy Duarte Designs – where international clients seek her artwork and design style to grace their lives, especially in their business and homes. She can be reached at www.amyduarte.com.
Amy has so many wonderful illustrations that it was hard to choose just one. In fact, I thought it would be fun to do a whole series based just on her illustrations! That said, I was especially drawn to "Bianca Mouse." I love that the girl is sitting outdoors, barefoot yet wearing a hat, and dressed the way my daughters would probably dress if they were playing outside with a mouse.
I didn't want to re-create the illustration exactly, because that's not really my style (as you might have seen from my World Book Day post). I wanted to capture the mood of the illustration while choosing fabrics that were a reflection of my taste -- and that of my daughter's. So I looked for polka-dot, floral, and stripe fabrics in my stash, but changed the color scheme.
Both of the patterns I used for this outfit were from Japanese Sewing books. The bolero comes from this book, pictured on the cover (pattern L). If I am honest, that bolero is the reason why I bought the book in the first place. It just took until now to make it, ha!
I made the size 115cm for my daughter lengthened to the size 125cm just because I like it better longer (she wears size 4 with 5 for length in most pdf patterns). The top layer might have draped better if I had used a lighter weight knit, but I'm okay with it. I really love how it looks with the Art Gallery Library Gardens floral by Amy Sinibaldi. I used woven bias tape rather than making my own from knit, which is what the book suggests doing. I still think it worked out fine anyway.
My daughter insisted on doing a flat lay of the bolero. Haha, this way you can catch a glimpse of the pretty peach bias tape I used on the inside.
And now for the skirt:
A bit more? What was I thinking? Argh. The gathers. As you can see above, the skirt has an amazing twirl factor. But as you can also surmise, that was a heck of a lot of gathering. Especially for someone who is
Thank you, Audrey, for allowing me to participate in this wonderful series. If you want to see what she made for the Living Skirt Art series this month, you can visit her blog here.