As y’all know, The Miriam Skirt pattern went live yesterday. I can’t explain how happy I am to be finally done with my first sewing pattern because three months ago it was just a thought in my head and now it’s an actual product. How amazing is that?

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People Style Watch, April 2015

I wanted to share with you some inspiration for my skirt and how it came about. I’m a huge lover of vintage and classic looks and I knew that for fall I wanted a nice high waisted, pleated skirt, with a modern, thin waistband, because I’m currently in love with skinny belts and crop tops, but when I went shopping, I couldn’t find any. I found tons of gathered skirts, but no classic pleated ones. Then I searched for pleated patterns and only found vintage ones in tiny sizes that I couldn’t fit into and that were way too expensive for me to buy. Thus came the concept of The Miriam Skirt. A week later I opened one of my fashion magazines and I found a photo of cute pleated skirts from NYC fashionistas and they were quite expensive. I knew that by making it myself I could have a trendy and timeless piece that could go from day to night with just the right fabric.

I named the Miriam Skirt after my mother. She passed away when I was four and I knew that I wanted the first pattern I created to be named after her because 1. it would be even more special to me and 2. I couldn’t give up on it because it was named after her; I had to finish it.

Here are a few of my inspiration pictures. I definitely wanted something elegant, something classic, and something with a twist. The panels were that twist for me!

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I also wanted the flexibility of fabric choices. I wanted to be able to use quilting cottons that are always available, scuba (neoprene) fabric, silk, wool, and use both lengthwise and crosswise grain, and yet still be able to come out with a gorgeous skirt. Mission accomplished. Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 4.17.49 PMI wanted a skirt that would look great on all body shapes and could be made in several lengths, thus the huge size range and 5 variations of skirts included in the pattern. I also added sheer panels so that you could have a little twist to your classic piece. Now that my pattern is live, my testers have been crazy making so many more. Here’s a few versions from the testing phase, they are fabulous. Don’t you think?Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.25.29 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.25.47 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.37.39 PMI hope you love the inspiration behind the skirt. Next week I’ll be posting all the variations of the pattern and some skirts I made, and some my testers made, in those variations so you can see the different options available. But, for now I’m going to take a few days off because I’m sick, and get started on brainstorming for my second pattern. I don’t know what it will be yet but I have so many ideas floating around in my head! A dress? A men’s shirt? A kids version of the skirt? Who knows! What do y’all want?

Until next time,
Stay creative!

ღ Reyna Lay ღ

btw: Decided to extend the 10% coupon code until October 10th. If you subscribe to my newsletter than you get an email with a coupon code for 10% off your purchase of the pattern. Yay! Enjoy! If you have any questions, make sure you join the RLD Sewing Patterns Group, where you can not only ask your questions, but discuss the upcoming patterns, and get sneak peeks!

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