Taylor McVay is a fellow teacher at JP Knit & Stitch. She is a sewist and pattern designer. Taylor has an indie pattern company, Blueprintsforsewing. She has created a series of garment patterns based on architectural designs. They are so much fun--click over and take a look at what she has been doing. (Purchase one of her patterns while you're there)!
Taylor recently had a residency in Michigan were she visited a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Ann Arbor. She used a window in the house as the inspiration for the pockets on her new "Prairie Skirt" pattern.
There are 3 pocket options in the pattern--easy to advanced. I went for the advanced one, the one without instructions!! It is a perfect quilter's challenge!
I decided that making a paper pieced pattern, using the scale drawing for this pocket in the pattern, was the way to get the best pocket. In the spirit of the pattern which is published in zine format, I created my paper piecing patterns drawing by hand, rather than importing them to the computer. They are a bit wobbly but fine once trimmed carefully at the end.
Here are 2 foundation patterns, ready for sewing.
I love the pattern! The skirt in the pattern is straight. I added a bit of flare, just because I'm more comfortable wearing a skirt with a bit more room.
Unfortunately, a lot of the detail in the piecing is "lost" because I used a fanciful Japanese print fabric. My choice of fabric also added to the complexity of the piecing since the the fabric is directional!
I found a T shirt in my closet just the right color! And added a pocket I designedthat coordinates with pockets on the skirt.
This was a really fun project.