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#legalizeit: Hemp Tweed Colette Zinnia Skirt

#legalizeit: Hemp Tweed Colette Zinnia Skirt

We're back with sewing projects again! 

I've been meaning to make a Colette Zinnia for about a year. It's even on my 2018 make nine! I waffled back and forth on a nice neutral fabric for it for months. Lately, I've been really leaning towards wearable neutrals I can mix and match with tee shirts and other more bold pieces. Maybe this is growing up?  

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While Sam and I were in Ithaca in March I stopped into a lovely little mom and pop fabric and yarn store called Homespun Boutique. I mean they didn't even take credit cards, that's how low key this store was. Their yarn and fabric selection was lovely, but I kept circling back to this GORGEOUS cotton/hemp tweed twill fabric. I can't find anything like it online but god it's a total dream to feel and work with. It was $20 a yard which is STEEP for a girl like me. But Sam encouraged me to buy some as a way to remember the trip and I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. It's easily the nicest fabric I've ever worked with, has a beautiful drape and is super fun and swooshy. 

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The construction of the skirt was a breeze. It's advertised as a beginner pattern and it's very flattering. Big bang for your buck. My only issue with construction was when I went to attach the waistband it was about 3 inches too short. I'm guessing this is user error and I probably just cut the wrong size, but I just recut it with an added three inches and it was fine. 

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On the back I used a vintage button that Sam's mom gifted me. This skirt is a PERFECT use of those jars of cool vintage buttons where none match. Just one cool button. Sam's mom actually makes stunning jewelry out of vintage and reclaimed buttons and she'll occasionally let me pick through her rejects and take them home with me. 

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That's it for my Colette Zinnia! This guy is a real staple in the sewing community so i'd love to hear what you made yours out of or if it's on your to-make list!

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