01 July 2009

**Updated**
I just answered some of your questions/comments in the comment section. I wonder if I should get a commenting system like MckMama so I can just respond directly. Hm...


**Original post follows**
I haven't really sewn much since college. But, since I've fallen in love with the Wonderland line from Moda fabric, I've been anxious to get the machine out and take it for a spin or two.

So, I made my way over to the Moda Bakeshop and found a tutorial to make this skirt. I had to make a few amendments so it would fit a 2-year-old, but within a few hours I managed to sew my way from this:

to this:




37 comments:

Sewconsult said...

So Cute. I haven't forgotten you & the fabric that I am gathering together. I have been dealing with family things this week & probably will be so for a while. You may need to finish your rug without my donation, but you can always make more!
Beckie in Brentwood.

Kaira said...

Awesome, beautiful skirt! I am sort of addicted to making cool skirts for girls too - funny since I have 4 boys! Did you use a pattern or just wing in? Is the sash attached?

Lisa said...

I love your skirt you are so talented!! And the fabric is beautiful! Is it expensive? I would love to make a quilt for my kids with something like that :)

Kaira said...

Quality fabric usually costs about $10 a yard and you can not get any really good quality fabric at JoAnn Fabrics. If you want to make something keepsake, go to a quilting shop and buy it. You will find this fabric in any quality quilt store. It will hold up well to the test of time - and cheap fabric will not. I learned that the hard way.

Becky said...

Are you for hire!?!?!?;) I'd love to have something like that for my daughter when she starts school in the fall!!!!

Susan Graham said...

beautiful! You are so talented!

mandiegirl said...

I love it! Wow! I am going to take sewing lessons sometime this month for my birthday and am hoping that by the end of the year, I'll be making fun little things like this. ;) Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Erin said...

Wow that is super adorable!!! Wish I could do something like that!

Rush Family said...

oh.my. that is adorable! I definitely will have to try to sew one for my nieces!

purejoy said...

wow that skirt is super cute! i just need one a liiiiiiittle bit bigger. (okay alot bigger)
such great fabric!

Cheri said...

I've been lurking here for a while, but never left a comment. I could resist no longer.....that is the cutest skirt I have ever seen!! My 8 yo daughter and I are learning to sew together and I intend on buying this fabric and making a skirt like this! And I'm going to make my mom a rag rug for Christmas! :)
Your blog is so inspiring! And not just the things you make...but the life you lead and faith you have!
Thanks for sharing!

~Cheri

Molly said...

That came out GREAT! I'm printing the tutorial as I type. I'm going to have to make even smaller to fit my peanut! (is it bad if I also want one for me?)This looks like a great way to use up some scrap fabric, although I really love that Moda charm pack.

Kemp and Remis mommy said...

Very cute:) looks great... I have boys but a pair of shorts similar to that dress would be cute for a boy with boy colors hehe:) gotta look into that i guess

Raechel said...

Kaira - Yes, the sash is attached. I didn't have a pattern, but I used this tutorial: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/05/little-girls-patchwork-skirt.html

Lisa - The Wonderland line is actually no longer in production, though there are still some for sale here and there. You can get a charm pack (40 5"x5" pieces) on EBay for $8ish.

A great way to shop for nice fabric at a more reasonable price is to shop on Etsy.com and search designer cotton fabric in Supplies.

Becky - yeah, I suppose. I was just talking with my husband about selling skirts like this on Etsy. How much would you be willing to pay?

Cheri - so nice to meet you! I love hearing from first time commenters!

Molly - I made another one this afternoon for a 10 month old. I just used 1 row of squares instead of two, and only 5 across instead of 7. It turned out great! Oh, and I made the waistband strips 11" long instead of 13".

Hope that helps, y'all! Thanks for all the sweet comments!

Kaira said...

I'm a ding dong. I was so busy looking at the pictures that I never read the post that CLEARLY stated where you got your pattern.

I love it. So cute. I'll be making this pattern soon.

natalie eve said...

Girl!! You are sooooo talented! We are definitely not alike in that area. My sister took all the creative, crafty genes from our pool. Selling them on Etsy, maybe? I would love to be one of your 1st customers. And, of course, I would need two! Let me know what you are thinking about price. Eeeee!!!!

PS - I worked on my honest scrap post for two hours tonight and I'm only half done! Hopefully I get it posted before the holiday. I might have to do it in two parts. But I have all 10 things on my honest scrap list, right here by my computer, ready to be typed about ;)

Hailey said...

I am so jealous. I need this skirt for Em. What am I saying? I need one for ME!

Jenny Lynn said...

so so so cute.
i'm thinking about trying to make one for myself!! we'll see how that works out :)

Claire Wise Photography said...

that is ADORABLE!

gillian said...

that is the cutest skirt ever! i would totally buy one if you started selling them! :)

Michelle said...

I love it!

Any suggestions for someone who wants to learn how to sew but has NO experience.

Someone gave me a sewing machine but I have really never used one. Learning to sew in on my list of things I want to learn to do someday.

Chelsa said...

that is SOOOO cute! you did a great job! :)

Raechel said...

Michelle - my best advice is to check with a Jo-Ann's or Michael's in your area (or something similar) to see if they offer sewing classes. Even one or two classes could teach you the basics of using your machine, following a pattern and so on. :)

Susan said...

So, so cute!!! Lucie has a couple of similar skirts that I bought her off etsy about a year ago, but maybe it's time to try making one of my own...

Laura said...

This is super cute! Considering a future as an Etsy seller? This would be snapped up in a heartbeat. If I had a girl I would be all over making these cute outfits - the fabric that is available these days is just so adorable. Nice work!

4cunninghams said...

That skirt is SO cute! I would buy one if you sell them on etsy!

Christine said...

Darling! I love the sash.

Susan said...

I love the tummy (and the skirt)!
Mom

Mommy Marta said...

That is the cutest skirt I think I have ever seen. You did a wonderful job!

Becky said...

I'd honestly pay whatever you'd charge! Ok, within reason I guess! I am a SAHM and we don't make much money!:) But again, honestly, I'm all about supporting other SAHM's and since I can't sew and don't really have the time, I'm happy to buy from you! You can't find anything like this in a store and I'd much rather help out a fellow Mommy than a store that imports from another country!:)

Journeying Five said...

so cute! too cute!

SentimentsbyDenise said...

Ah - so sweet! You did a great job!

Jessica said...

Love it...I want 3. One for each of my girls. Are you going to sell them?

Melissa said...

I LOVE the skirt with the stripe belt! I was the one that did the tutorial on the moda bake shop... It's so fun to see someone actually making one!!

Hannah said...

QUESTION... I want to make this skirt for my niece who is a 4t. Any ideas how I should adjust the pattern?

Kaira said...

Hannah,

Get a waist measurement and an idea of how long you want the skirt to be. Depending on desired fullness, you just adjust the width you create. A good rule of thumb for a kids skirt is twice as full. If you are using a very lightweight fabric you can add more fullness - up to 2.5 - 3 times the width (just as you would do for draperies). If you are using a heavier weight material you might only want a 1.5 width. For something like this I'd double the width. Make sure you account for seam allowances as well. Hope that helps.

Julia said...

Hi! I am a new reader and I just wanted to say that these cute skirts make me really sad I don't have girls!! (2 boys) Oh but I do have a niece! I think that she needs one for sure.