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Get out your patchwork and patchouli: Phish is back in town after 5 long years!! (And by town I mean East Troy, Wisconsin, not Chi). So when I was a Phish follower in high school I made my own patchwork skirt. It was just large panels sewn together for a long skirt. Back then I had the help of my mom’s sewing machine and expertise.  Since I’ve been excited for this reunion for awhile now, I decided to make a new patchwork skirt.  Except this time it would consist of small square patches.

So I went to JoAnn Fabrics and picked out some awesome fabric, some thread, some needles, and an essential tomato shaped pin cushion.

Mind you, I do not own a sewing machine.  I do however own a lot of free time.  So I decided I would sew the entire skirt by hand (since I wanted to make a short skirt and not a long one).  I cut out 4×4 inch patches, vaguely arranged them into some sort of pattern, and got to work.  Below is my photo diary of the long process (if I added up all the hours of the days it took me I would estimate around 25 – 30 hours from cutting, pinning, sewing, yelling at Klinker, etc):

Cut up patches

Cut up patches

Laying out strips

Laying out strips

Klinker not being helpful
Klinker not being helpful

 

Progress

Progress

MANY hours later

MANY hours later

Ready for dancin'!

Ready for dancin'!

Lots of thread

Lots of thread

 I cannot begin to tell you how much thread I used.  My god.  But it is complete and I am quite happy with it.  It is not perfect by any means but I’m not a professional sewer…  I have a bunch leftover fabric as I grossly overestimated the amount I would need.  Maybe I will make little catnip pouches to thank Klinker for biting and tangling all the string I was trying to use.

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Quote of the Day:“My mama always used to tell me: ‘if you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.'” –Tupac
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