11.11.2008

wiksten skirt pattern

I made this skirt for Stitch way back when, and now my copy of the magazine is finally here! It's definitely cool to see my own creation in print. You can order the magazine here. My pattern for the skirt is included in an insert along with a lot of other great patterns (including one from Martha of Uniform Studio). The skirt project I did is very similar to the Alison skirt, although the sizing in the magazine is different from regular Wiksten sizing.

On an unrelated note, some of the comments on my last post were a little weird. Honestly, I don't care who you voted for. That wasn't the point of the post. My blog is not the place for political debate, which is why I didn't mention who I voted for. Different people should be allowed to have different view points, and not everyone has to have the same beliefs! The only reason I even wrote about the election in the first place is because it was an important and exciting day for me, and I wanted to express my feelings. I don't understand why people have to be so nasty to each other, and I don't want negative comments and arguing on my blog. This is meant to be a peaceful space. In a way this is like a journal to me, and I'm sharing it with you. I feel like I had to address this even though I didn't want to because it was causing me to not want to write on this blog anymore. So I just had to get it out.

64 comments:

Julia said...

so fun to see your skirt in print! i'd never heard of stitch, so i'll have to check it out.

and thanks for addressing the comments issue. i feel like there were a lot of weird undertones with people posting about the election last week and it's good to just get it out there. this is your blog and you're entitled to write whatever you want without feeling like you (or your dedicated readers) will get attacked. if people don't like what you're writing, they shouldn't read your blog, but they certainly shouldn't leave nasty comments.

Meg said...

wow, cute skirt! i wish i had the sewing skillz to make that. someday!

i'm also wondering how your sweater-making class went. what pattern are you using? i'm in the process of knitting my very first sweater, too -- the northern cross sweater from the "twinkle's weekend knits" book. exciting stuff! :)

megrje said...

When I saw that magazine I thought it looked like something Martha would do on the cover, and then yesterday when I got it flipped to this page and thought, huh, that looks just like the purple wiksten skirt, before I saw your name next to it and Martha's by the pleated one. Anyway, I'm so excited to make one of these! It might just jump to the top of the sewing list :).

jenny gordy said...

thanks, meg. my sweater class got canceled 2 weeks in a row! so my first one will be this sunday. i've already started the sweater though, and so far so good. i'm using a really easy pattern from rowan's new shapes book. it's a shawl collar cardigan using really chunky yarn, so it will be super cozy for winter.

Anabela said...

Okay, so I have a really good memory for this kind of thing, but I remember that you mentioned making a pattern for a new sewing magazine a few months ago, and I've wondered when that would be revealed... and it looks amazing! The editors did a great job of scouting out contributors!

euni said...

congratulations on your work in print!

also, it seems these debates have been all over design blogs the last few weeks. thanks for speaking up, i think a lot of bloggers just ignore the fights under comments. this is your space. :)

Sara said...

i love this! what fabric do you recommend it be made with? (i want to get some fabric now so i dont have to wait when the magazine comes ;)

jenny gordy said...

i made mine with linen, but since it's getting colder i've also used denim and corduroy. wool would be nice too. but keep in mind that different fabrics will give it different shapes. the linen makes it very flowy, but denim would make the shape more pronounced and structured.

Sara said...

Thanks so much!
I love all your work :)

ozetta said...

So glad to see you back=) Congrats on getting in the magazine!

I was a little turned away from the comments too. I am so glad that you addressed this issue and that you do not judge anybody who may have voted differently. Everyone has their own opinions and I am so thankful that you agree with that;)

Mon Petit Lapin said...

Congratulations with the skirt! I just wished I lived in the US so I could get the magazine a lot cheaper! Will keep an eye out for it for sure though! I would love to own a pattern for your clothes as they always sell out so quick I cant ever get my hands on them! P.s. your completely right with what you said, its not nice at all people spoiling your beautiful blog with their wierdness.

jen said...

Oh that magazine is making me swoon! Congrats on that!

erica said...

the stitch feature looks terrific! and it's so great that martha also has a pattern featured, too.

i totally missed the politics debate in your comments, but i agree, different viewpoints are a good thing. however, i've also learned that it's almost impossible to have a civil debate about religion, politics, money, or childrearing. *especially* online.

don't let it get you down!

Laurel said...

Dear Jenny,

Please don't let commenters (regardless of subject) get you down - it just goes to show what a wildly diverse audience you attract with your lovely clothing designs and sense of style.

Thanks for your blog. I really enjoy it no matter what the subject is.

Anonymous said...

I'm a grandmother and probably 3 sizes to large to fit into any of your things, but they're so -- so -- what? Lovely, simple, different. They're great, and I'd love to know your process. If it's somewhere on the blog (a backstory?), point me to it. And bully for you for blasting the pundits. Well, having seen your photo, I doubt you'd "blast" anyone, but I wanted to when I read the comments. Amen.

UNIFORM Studio said...

oh, I'm so jealous that you have your copy already. Mine isn't here yet:(
Congratulations on being published!
and I agree with all the other commenters about the nasty comments.
this is your space.

kristina said...

I wish I could sew! I'd just love to see the pattern (Martha's too); thank you for the inspiration. And thank you for this blog and for sharing about your process and thoughts and much else----it makes wearing Wiksten mean a lot.

fwiw and now that the election is over----I'm talking about, yes, the candidates and wearing my Ellebeth top here---

http://www.newsweek.com/id/164790/

many regards.

alyson. said...

how fun! and congratulations!

and I'm sorry to hear about the negative comments, the election was so important and life consuming, I'm sure people just let the worst come out with out realizing it. but by no means should you let it discourage you from blogging. I love your little journal. keep up the brilliant work! :)

candice said...

Congratulations on the Stitch feature! I'd been thinking about purchasing it, but knowing that a pattern of yours is in there has pushed me over the edge. :)

I've been a long time reader of your blog and I just wanted to say that I loved that you expressed your excitement about the election without pushing your beliefs on anyone. Regarding some of your commenters - some people just don't know when to hold their tongue (er, fingers?), especially on the internet and especially when it involves sensitive subjects, i.e. politics.

I love your blog and your clothes are wonderful. Please don't stop writing! :)

Jennette said...

Good for you for speaking up. I wouldn't even have faulted you for deleting argumentatively off-topic comments. But you handled it with grace and honesty. There are so many lovely people reading your blog and commenting. I have faith that the discourse will return to its usual more positive vibe.

kendra said...

What a cute skirt!
Sorry about all the weird comments on your last post. I think people were so passionate about this election...I saw a lot of controversial and not-so-nice comments on the most benign of blog posts. It's good to have such a passionate election I think, but too bad that people take it out on each other in place where they shouldn't.

Anna Allen said...

That's so cool about the magazine! I want to stop by B&N tonight to see if they have a knitting book I decided I *must have* and will check the magazines while I'm at it. :)

anon said...

i just ordered the stitch mag - can't wait.

also, for you apc fiends - there are a few items (i saw 4, though there may be more) that are on sale in the fall/winter collection for about 30% off. you have to click on the specific item to see if it is on sale. I saw the striped tee (i think it is the same one Jenny has), one of the cocktail dresses (the camel/gabardine one, not the pink/peach/melon one), an orange smocked dress, and the hippie jeans on sale. I did not see any of the madras stuff on sale, but that just came out recently.

Miks said...

I've never heard of Stitch magazine either. Is there a website for it? I'd love to check it out!
thanks
great blog btw

Jennifer said...

Jenny,
Congrats on being published... the first of many patterns to come I'm sure. I'll buy the issue just for your pattern alone. Sorry to hear about your issues with posting weirdness. Please don't let it discourage you...I love reading your posts too much!
xo

Unfurled said...

Hi Jenny,
I'm certainly buying this magazine. Is it available in stores like Jo-ann, or just online?
Congratulations!

EmilyKate said...

I've never seen this magazine before, and now I gotta get it! Just the other day other day I was looking at your purple skirt in the domino magazine tearsheet and thinking I'd love to make one like it!

I agree it's a little odd to use someone else's craft blog as any kind of political soapbox, and I'm sorry it made you think you don't want to blog anymore! I just wanted to say I hope you don't ever stop, add moderation if you have to please but I don't stop sharing your lovely pictures, clothing and thoughts :o)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I hadn't seen this post before I posted a comment on the "election day" post. I so enjoy your creativity.

amisha said...

congratulations on the pattern! can't wait to check out the magazine.
and good for you for speaking up about the weird comments- yes, this is your space and it is entitled to be peaceful! so sorry that people were being so weird.
xo

Anonymous said...

I really love your blog. Please keep posting! I love your style and all the links you offer. I have really enjoyed visiting your site!

kate said...

hi jenny,
congrats! that is so exciting, the skirt looks great! i remember seeing your photo of it in the summer, it looked so nice on you.
and way to go for not putting up with the negativity. i really enjoy your blog!

Anonymous said...

You are just lovely :)

So are your clothes. After discovering your blog i have become interested in sewing again and creating my own clothes.

I believe your blog inspires more than divides so please don't worry :)

- Quolleen from Melbourne

enthusia said...

ah---yay! something to add to my exchange gift list. grazie.

Hello Cozy said...

Love your blog & clothes. Keep up the great posts!

blair said...

good grief Jenny, so sorry about all the blathering you got for simply being excited to vote!

cristalle said...

I remember you mentioning designing for a magazine and was wondering when that would come out... congrats congrats congrats!!! That is so exciting and inspiring!! (Though I must say, I expected them to have you modeling it and was surprised not to see you!!!)

renee said...

Blogs by their nature are a place where people feel (or at least want to feel)like they are part of a community and so naturally they will open up to one another. Being part of a community is feeling connected, etc... Some readers may go too far, but I think it is part of wanting to connect and feel like they have shared opinions be it the same taste in clothes, or politics.

More than any other sigular event in the last 2 years, this past election has driven people to seek these types of connections.

Hyena In Petticoats said...

OOOoooohhh I love the skirt Jenny! And a pattern by Martha as well? I may have to sacrifice some poor old aussie dollars for the magazine - thanks!

As for the commenting hoo haa - you've made me feel like I got off lucky - I had a bit of heated discussion in my comments, and I'm from Australia, and I revealed exactly who I was supporting as well...... I thought your post was very diplomatic and well thought out as to not cause a stoush..... geepers!

Ah - the delights of blogging......

Thanks in advance for the pattern - I'm off to take a look at that magazine!

Leah xxx

Emma said...

The skirt is lovely. I am immediately googling for a stockist of it in Australia. The exchange rate is pretty woeful for us at the moment.

I've been reading and admiring your blog for ages now, but last time I tried to comment (and I assure you not on anything politically related at all!) it wouldn't let me unless I had a Blogger account. I'm glad I can say hi when I stop buy again now!

catherine said...

Yippee! I just ordered a copy!

space 314 said...

that is a great skirt. when my work becames a bit more sane in the winter i am putting that on my list, although my sewing skills are so lame.

the political comments really were a bit bothering- i never have time to do anything but read your blog post, so i didn't see the comments left, but i think you handled it well with your response. i agree that people got way too personal in their comments. terrible. whatever great skirt and love the new corduroy top so much.

erica-knits said...

I was just thinking about this when I was looking for inspiration in your past entries. Congratulations, that is so awesome! I am really hoping I can find one on the shelf somewhere.
Also, I can't wait to see your sweater!

emily said...

like so many before: congratualtions on the print. and for all your success with this blog and your loverly photographs.

i'm so happy that you share your journal with us. i would miss you, if you didn't. it has become one of the blogs i look forward to reading (and i have a rather short list of those.) i've enjoyed so much, since finding you... around the time Joe had a funny fake mustache last all-hallow's-eve.

thank you, thank you, my heart sings.

Lucie said...

Hello Jenny,
I admire your sewing, I watch it regularly and get a lot of inspiration from it.

..just for encouragement..

Lucie
(from Czech Republic)

Sam said...

I love love love your blog - even though I can't sew a stitch!

Please don't stop!

Sam (a Scottish girl living in Paris)

Karen said...

Hey, sweetpea! Just a note to say that I follow your blog and love it. I do think of it as a peaceful place, and stopping by adds a bit of beauty to my day. Keep it up, and thank you!

paula said...

i love your skirt. how exciting. your sewing skills blow me away!

amy h said...

Hrm, I may have to make a trip to the bookstore, if there is a Wiksten pattern AND a Martha pattern!

Sorry you got some bothersome comments. I got my first negative one in 2.5 years due to my election posts. It really ate at me!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny!

The skirt is awsome...what an eye for style you have! I am looking into investing in a good dressform...what one do you have, use, recommend? Also, if you don't mind sharing....how long did it take you to create/finalize your blocks/patterns for your line?
And do you begin your process with draping or do you just shoot straight to flat pattern? Feel free to let me know if I am being too nosey:)

Thanks for all you do!

erica-knits said...

Ok, I couldn't wait. I had this fear that the issue would sell out ! So I ordered it. It's done. Now to just anticipate its arrival. I'm so pumped.

Anonymous said...

does this expanded sizing allow for someone plus sized?
just curious. us big girls want to be cute too.

Steph said...

I believe the Yarn Harlot said it best when she said that her blog was like her living room. If people wouldn't carry on these conversations in front of you in your living room, they shouldn't be having them in your blog comments.

I'm sure there are more appropriate forums for political debate.

I love your designs Jenny. They are beautiful and inspiring. I love how you layer your wardrobe - I used to do more of this when I was in University and forgot how funky/fun it is.

Congratulations on the skirt pattern! Wiksten in print! Woohoo!

hibou said...

Congratulations, Jenny! I'm definitely going to order the magazine.

And thanks for addressing the comments, as well as internet nastiness in general. The web would be a lesser place without your lovely little blog!

jenny gordy said...

anonymous,

yes, the pattern does come in much larger sizes than i usually make! i forgot to mention that.

Leila said...

Congratulations on the pattern! I've never seen the magazine before but now I'm going to go out and find it.

And I just want to say that this post and it's comments, although the outcome of a negative thing, have made me feel better about a lot of things. All of the very -- well -- let's say "charged" commenting here and elsewhere surronding the election were upsetting. To see that some people also think it is unfair to force one's opinions on others (and especially on a design blog!) makes me happy. Thanks for addressing the issue, even if it is not the usual programming.

Michelle G said...

Hi Jenny,
Can't wait for my copy of Stitches to arrive! I really look forward to seeing your creation in print too - congratulations!!
I recently had to design a project (pattern + instructions)for a small magazine in Australia. I found it quite tough as I'm not a pattern maker or professional seamstress in any way. One of the things that helped and inspired me along the way (not only with my project) has been your blog. Your talent, exceptional taste and dedication is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing it!
-Michelle.

Johanna Lu said...

The skirt is gorgeous. I hope Stitch is available in Sweden. We have a huge selection of American sew/craft magazines in the major stores, but I'm not sure I've seen this one.

Also I love your designs - you really manage to create a distinct style that also looks very inviting and comfortable to wear. A co-worker sent me the link to your site a couple of months ago, and now I am officially hooked :)

Jennette said...

I found the magazine - finally! I might have gotten the last copy at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square (NYC). It was a little confusing because there's another magazine called Stitch that is not this nice, and this seems to be a special Winter Issue put out by Quilting Arts. I wish it were a regular monthly magazine with projects like your skirt. I'd subscribe! But I guess I'll just have to check again in the Spring to see if it's seasonal.

Thanks for letting us know about it!

east.west said...

wow! i'm so excited! i remember when you posted that skirt originally, i started wishing and hoping i'd someday be able to have a skirt like that. thank you for sharing the great news!

Ains said...

I just picked up the magazine! It's wonderful! I'm finally getting my own sewing machine for Christmas - you're skirt is going to be my first project!

Katherine said...

i just picked up my first copy of stitch yesterday--what a nice surprise! i was honestly expecting to flip right to your article and ignore the rest but there were a lot of great projects in there. thank you for the skirt pattern. i can't wait to choose some fabric and get to work!

lynne said...

congratulations!! i can't wait to try this.

and very gracefully you handled the election post kafuffle.

melissa said...

hooray for your pattern - love it!

amélie / My daruma said...

Hello,
i sewed the skirt and i love it. Thanks for the pattern un Stitch magazine! You can see the skirt i made by following the link
http://mydaruma.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/tulipe-de-decembre/

Bye
Amélie