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Friday, February 22, 2008

Three New Skirts!

What do you do when all of your plans are put on hold because you've got the flu in your house? Make skirts for the girls!

The 2 skirts on the outside (ie on Anya and Sage) are made out of a black flannel fabric. A mom in my homeschool group taught me how to make these. It's very simple, you sew a basic tube, then put a hem in one end and put elastic in the other and you're done!

The one in the middle (modeled by Maya) is a T-shirt recon. It's loosely based on the instructions here, except I actually did put a hem in it since it's for church, not for the clubs.

Both the T-shirt recon and one of the others have a drawstring at the top instead of elastic. I tried it both ways, and they preferred the drawstring, so they can share them around and they'll fit everyone pretty well.

3 new skirts

Now, I think I'm going to try to find my hair scissors and trim Maya's bangs. Good grief, sometimes you don't really see your kids until you're taking photos of them!

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good luck with those bangs. ;)

Hey the skirts look great!

I think that the unauthorized service call would make a funny blog story. ;)
Looks terrific - good luck to all of you!

Wishing you a great end to your week :-)
Great job Miss Crafty Pants... or shoudl I said... skirts ;)
I make skirts like that for my girls when I can't find decent clothing for them in the stores. When they get bigger, you can also sew together more than one piece of fabric and do the same finishing on it for a fuller skirt.

Feel better!
Maya looks trimming, Jen!
Yes, sorry! I thought you were a sewing goddess. :-)

For my oldest daughter, who has a womanly figure (not fat, just curvy), I cut the fabric the length I want the skirt to be (plus the casing and hem allowances). I cut two or three (or 4 even) of those rectangles and sew them together by the length ends (the ones that you measured so that they'd be the correct length.

So, if you want to make a skirt that finishes at 36", you'd cut lengths of fabric that were say 40" long (36 + 2 for casing + 2 for hem) and sew them together up the sides that measure 40". Then you have a giant tube which you do your waist casing and hem to. Voila, a fuller skirt! I've even made them for myself on occasion. Easy peasy.
Oh my goodness, those girls are growing like weeds. I can't believe how grown up they look.

OK, you can sew some neato skirts, but can you slow down the passage of time?
How neat to have some homemade clothes. I wish I knew how to sew. I can sew on buttons, and that's about it.
You did goooood, Jen.
I hope your family is over the flu bug now.
Ours has been spared so far. My hubby travels a lot, so who knows what germs he's bringing into the household? I should spray him down with Lysol each time he comes home from the airport.
I hope you're having a good weekend.
Oh!! It's so sweet picture!! All three skirts are looking very nice!! Love to see them together!!
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