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Summer skirts July 5, 2013

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 10:09 pm

I sewed a few skirts for my daughter this summer. Check ’em out!

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For the first skirt I used an Old Navy men’s t-shirt. (My guy wouldn’t wear that color, for sure!) I cut a waistband that is doubled and folded over. I had to cut it a bit smaller than her waist to make it fit right. The bottom of the skirt is the original width of the t-shirt, and I even used the original hem for the bottom. It was a quick and easy project.

For the second skirt I made another twirly skirt. I’ve been making these for my daughter for years, and they’re still her favorite kind of skirt. This time I went extra long, because she likes her skirts very long. If you’re not sure how to make these, just search my archives under “girls’ clothes.” I’ve made several, and I’ve linked to the directions in a previous post.


Susan (Narnia) Costume October 22, 2012

Filed under: costumes,girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 11:47 pm

My daughter loves all things Narnia, and Queen Susan is her favorite character. When she told me she wanted to be Susan for Halloween/ our church’s Fall Festival, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, but I was determined to explore the possibilities and see if I might be able to come up with something. We ended up using this dress as our inspiration:

And here is our version:

It’s a little different from Susan’s dress in the movie, but it’s pretty close. And I forgot to take a picture of my daughter with her quiver that she wears across her body, which I think adds to the “Susan effect.”

I was pretty proud of myself, because I didn’t use a pattern, and instead traced the bodice of one of my daughter’s dresses and then improvised the skirt part based on some directions I had seen online for making a medieval dress. Here are the directions, fyi. So, I made a very high-waisted bodice, and then the main front and back of the skirt were basically a big rectangle, and then I sewed the triangular shapes into the sides, adding the loops too, for the lacing. I used a zipper in the back too, so that it could be more fitted and wouldn’t have to go over her head. I hope this makes sense….

Anyway, I’m really happy with this dress, and my daughter is too. Every year I tell myself that I am NOT sewing costumes this year–that we have plenty of dress-up clothes in the dress up bins already. But every year I find such satisfaction in working with my children’s ideas and seeing their excitement over something I lovingly made for them. It might just be a tradition that I wouldn’t dare stop.


Maternity Skirt to Girl’s Skirt March 29, 2012

Filed under: girls' clothes,Recycle/Repurpose — faithandfamily @ 7:57 pm

Recently I was going through my old maternity clothes, figuring it was time to find a new home for some of them while they’re still somewhat in style. I found a white eyelet skirt that I had loved wearing, and it dawned on me that I could probably turn it into a skirt for my 8-year-old.

I cut several inches off the top of the skirt in order to remove the maternity panel, and then I folded the top down in order to create a casing for a 1-inch piece of elastic.

My daughter loves it. She’s been wishing for something like it. After she tried it on for me and modeled for a few pictures, I said, “Ok, you can go change back into your pants now.” And she answered, “Do you mind if I just keep it on?” There’s no greater affirmation of my sewing success than a comment like that!


Twirly Skirt for the Little One December 23, 2011

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 9:40 pm

I made a twirly skirt for my two-year-old with the same fabric I had used for my 8-year-old a few weeks ago. Love it! (Don’t you love it that she just had to hold her pirate sword for the picture? :))

And now that family is here for Christmas, my sewing machine is put away until next year. Merry Christmas!


Twirly Skirts, Take 4! December 10, 2011

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 9:45 pm

I checked, and this is the 4th post I’ve done on twirly skirts. What can I say? We love ’em! Here’s the latest, made out of cute corduroy:

And I have plenty of fabric left to make one for the other daughter too!


Simple Skirt with Ruffled Ribbon November 21, 2011

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 4:12 pm

My 2-y-o is in need of some skirts and dresses, so I went to my stash to see if I had any corduroy for making a simple skirt. I found this nice brown and turquoise print that was leftover from a jumper I made my older daughter a few years ago. I had plenty for a simple skirt, using Dana’s basic idea. I wanted to embellish it somehow, so I looked in my box of trims and ribbons and found this great ruffled ribbon that I had used on my older daughter’s party dress. I love those ruffled ribbons. So cute!



Pretty Little Blouse August 14, 2011

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 6:25 pm

I had enough Little Folks Voile-Baby Bouquet fabric leftover from my blouse to make my daughter a pretty blouse. I used Simplicy 2238, view B. I just love how this turned out!