November 5, 2014
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Night Circus Skirt

I’m published! Sort of…

Caroline is a dear friend of mine and co-author of  JUST FOR YOU: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers.

I am the designer of one of the 24 simply stylish sewing projects… and I have a free copy from Stash Books to give away! *Entry details below.*

I forget when Caroline first mentioned she and Sarah were considering collecting some of their daily sewing blog tutorials into a book– but the time stamp on my digital file is dated back to June 2013, so I know it’s been longer than a year.

Night Circus Skirt Designs

The inspiration stemmed from an idea I had to make a red and white striped, circular tent style skirt to wear as the hostess of a circus themed Halloween party . (Check it out here: The Fright Circus   )

Moving away from the costume side of things, I drew up a few designs.
Next, the designs were evaluated on sewing difficulty, how it would fit with the rest of the collection, and how well the design would translate into other fabric/pattern choices.

Oh la la!

So, here’s a sneak peek at my  “Night Circus” inspired color-blocked skirt.
The skirt pairs fabulously with the red infinity scarf by Jessica Christian of Craftiness Is Not Optional .

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  1. Jan

    I mostly sew bags, small quilts and clothes for kids, but lately I've been dying to sew for me! Nice skirt pattern, and thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Joyce Carter

    I love to sew and I sew all the time. My favorite things to sew are for babies. I love making quilts, bibs, burp clothes, and anything else I can come up with.

  3. Melanie

    I mostly sew quilts and baby bibs, but I'm starting to try clothing and bags

  4. Mama Lusco

    Congrats on being published! I like to sew clothing and handbags. Your skirt pattern looks great πŸ™‚

  5. Karen

    I mostly sew quilts these days, but I still make the random bag, scarf, or pillowcase. The collection of designs in this book definitely has me wanting to make some cute clothing!

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    That's cool – congratulations! You are indeed published.

  7. Unknown

    I have started and sew for myself and the first projects are skirts – love your pattern, it maybe in my wardrobe soon!

  8. Emily

    I love it! I mostly sew for my daughters.

  9. Debbie

    I do like to sew, mostly accessories like bags. Thanks

  10. Unknown

    This is so inspiring! You are amazing!

  11. Sewmom18

    Like your skirt.

  12. Unknown

    I love to sew. I like to sew baby clothes and bags.

  13. RosieGma

    I love to sew and love using recycled fabrics, be they for a quilt, skirt, curtain, blouse, shorts, totes, or just for fun to think something up……

  14. Pixie Cat

    Quilts and totes so far.

  15. Kathy E.

    I do sew and try to do it as often as I can! It is constantly on my mind…thinking about projects, fabric, colors, etc. If I didn't have to work, cook, do laundry, grocery shop, take care of the family, I'd be sewing ALL THE TIME!

  16. Melody

    I don't sew yet but I want to make skirts.

  17. Anonymous

    At the moment I'm mostly quilting, but I did just finish a bunch of Halloween costume pieces.

  18. Unknown

    I do sew and am currently sewing tote and hand bags

  19. Karen

    For many years I made many skirts and dresses for my daughters and my self. Currently I have been focusing on quilts and bags. So much inspiration in this book.

  20. Connie Keller

    Congratulations!! You are so gifted.

  21. Mary

    I do sew for many, many years. Sewing for our grandchildren, clothes, doll clothes, quilts and many sew crafty things is what I like to do.

  22. Dokia

    I love to sew, mainly quilts and gifts for people. I want to start sewing clothing, so I think this book would be a great gift for Christmas!

  23. Hope Grace

    I love your Night Circus Skirt! My book club had a Night Circus party and that would have been fun to wear. πŸ™‚ I enjoy sewing and teach sewing to teens and younger. Well, it's more like I teach the love of sewing. I really want them to enjoy it…so they'll keep sewing for the rest of their lives. Your skirt looks like a project they may enjoy! Especially, if we have a party after making it.

  24. Chelle

    LOVE that skirt!! I sew ANY thing! I love to sew clothes for little girls the most but I DO sew a LOT for me as well!!!

  25. Proverbs3122

    I do sew, mostly quilt. But when I "just sew," I'm really into pillows and purses. Seriously stylish skirt!!

  26. Unknown

    love to sew and I love that skirt

  27. Cheryl D.

    Yes I do sew. I love to sew dresses and skirts for my granddaughters.

  28. OhioLori

    I do sew! Love to make clothes for Grangirlie's dolls & babies, & clothes for her as well. Enjoy some ME sewing, not as much lately for self sewin goin on…neeed too! lol Like quilty things too.

  29. Mokki

    I love to sew. I sew a lot of bags but my favourite thing to sew is soft sculptures of animals.

  30. Michelle

    I sew all types of things, but mostly clothes for my children. I also like to sew bags, organizers and more.

  31. Carla G

    I like to sew bags!! πŸ™‚ But I also sew boys clothes, a bit for me & hubby. And I'm doing a bit of quilting too.

  32. auschick

    I love sewing kids clothing the best :). Wish I had more time to sew for me though.

  33. Rebecca B

    It's been a very long time since I've done much sewing and I'm just starting to get to know my machine again.

  34. Patricia

    I am learning to quilt, now and loving it.

  35. Unknown

    I love to sew clothes for me and my granddaughter, for the house, and bags!

  36. Lori

    I sew clothes, first for myself, then my husband and myself, then our children, then our nieces and nephews, and now all the above plus great nieces and great nephews. I also started quilting recently.

  37. Unknown

    I sew lots of things! I sew for the whole family, my little girl, my husband and myself. I'm very into garment sewing πŸ™‚

  38. Andrea

    I love to sew, and am just starting to sew clothes for myself!

  39. Kelly Sas

    I love to sew just about anything except cloths for me. I quilt, sew home decor, gifts, toys etc. Right now I am enjoying sewing girly baby things like headbands, car seat covers, diaper bags, pacifier keepers etc because I just had my first granddaughter after two grandsons!

  40. Donna

    I sew mostly for my grandchildren and baby gifts. I can't remember the last time I made something for myself!

  41. Dawn

    I am a beginner at sewing, but so far I enjoy bags and cases. I want to try clothing.

  42. Debbie

    I love to sew outfits for my granddaughters

  43. Ritz

    My favorite things to sew nowadays are quilts and mugrugs. Less measurement needed, and the kids/favorite people won't ever outgrow them πŸ™‚

  44. Diya

    skirt looks creative and fun πŸ™‚

  45. Butterfly Eli

    I sew handbags for myself and baby stuff for my friends, mostly! I do like the look of circle-skirts, though! They flow so nicely!

  46. Anonymous

    I'm a beginner sewer and have just started sewing clothes.

  47. Deb

    When I get a chance to sew things I love,( I make things for a shop.) I enjoy English smocking, hand embroidery and making beautiful clothing for children.

  48. Diane Beavers

    Yes I sew and have been since age 9. Mostly dresses and tops for me, bags/totes for friends. Love trying new tutorials found on SewCanShe,
    like baby items, totes/bags.

  49. Ophelia

    Love to sew, more than almost anything else!

  50. Suze

    I do sew. I now sew mostly quilts and would like to get back to garment and home dec sewing more.

  51. Bridgegirl

    not sure if my other comment went through, so here goes again πŸ™‚ I am a crazy quilter who is back to sewing home dec and clothes ..i appreciate all these wonderful blogs for the inspiration they provide!!

  52. theHomespun

    I sew mainly for my two kiddos, clothes, halloween costumes, christmas jammies, fun little things like quiet books. If I have the time I like to sew for myself, would love some inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity!

  53. ecnyc15

    i make mostly bags and home items. i have done some clothes tailoring and am attempting my first skirt

  54. Unknown

    I love sewing quilts, and baby blankets. I want to try branching out and making some bags and cases.

  55. BarefootThunder

    I sew quilts, bags, and skirts and dresses for my granddaughters. Wall hangings. Table toppers. .. etc.

  56. DistractedMommy

    I'm fairly new to sewing but I love making bags and dresses for my daughter.

  57. Crystal K.

    I like to sew costuming/clothing best.

  58. nicolesender

    I sew baby gifts, quilts and home accessories!

  59. Kim

    I most enjoy making items for my kids to wear or play with.

  60. Mara

    I love making bags and some clothes sewing for my kids, not me, that would be ordering way to much yardage!

  61. Anonymous

    Mostly I sew small items like baby quilts, totebags, mug rugs, and accessory-type items. — soparkaveataoldotcom

  62. BJM

    I sew mostly clothing. Every spring I sew a prom dress for the daughter who is going. 5 dresses down, 3 to go.

  63. Meems Seams

    i love making my kids clothing and starting sewing for myself last spring

  64. Unknown

    Currently my focus is on quilting. There are several bags on my wish list of things to make next.

  65. Lisa Marie

    I love to sew and have done it for many years! I've sewn many different things but my current love is quilts.

  66. annette

    i do sew and i love sewing anything for my family.

  67. Anonymous

    Great job – I love your skirt πŸ™‚
    Debby E
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Who is Kimberlee Turley?

Kimberlee Turley grew up in California where she earned a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in 2005. Soon after, she married her husband, who was neither Mr. Darcy nor Edward Cullen, but he’d read her atrocious first novel and said it was β€œgood” with a straight face.

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