The other night while my oldest daughter was sleeping I threw a skirt together for her!!!!!!!!!!
Sounds a little crazy, but it took no time at all.
I have some Jersey Knit in my stash and I knew she would love the color. I cut out a short Maxi Skirt Pattern. The tutorial is on Elle Apparel blog. (This blog is a really great inspiration). I have made other Maxi Skirts as well.
I had to measure her hips while she was sleeping. You know you are a little bit loosing it when you wake your sleeping child to measure her for a project. Oh, my *poor* children.
After putting the skirt together I added a cute Hibiscus flower to it. I outlined the image on fusible web, then ironed it to black broad cloth. With the image on the back of the fusible web it is really easy to cut out intricate shapes. The paper peels off the back and it is really easy to adhere to the skirt. Essentially fusible web makes most any fabric into an iron-on in any shape you want! I love that stuff. One year my MIL got me an entire bolt of it for Christmas. I was over the moon excited about that gift…
Using a darning foot and free motion quilting techniques I sewed all the edges down.
As mentioned, I did this project late in the evening, thus there are no pictures of production.
I came across this blog called “My Inner Need To Create” by Jessica. She is a really creative woman. There are some really great projects on her blog.
She was fetured on Project Run & Play! Warning… if you look at this site you will be inspired to make about 100 new skirts. One of them is the butterfly skirt that I saw and fell in love with. Jessica did a great job. So that was my inspiration for this project.
The skirt was cut out of some denim-ish spandex -ish fabric that I have and am not sure where is came from. I folded it in half and drew a quarter of a skirt on it. Something like this….
From A to B should be a quarter of the waist measurement + seam allowance (SA). From B to C is the desired length of the skirt + SA and hemming. The measurement from C to D will determine the fullness of the skirt. For a flow-y skirt - double the quartered waist length, for a narrow skirt this measurement will be close in length to the A to B measurement. Do that whole process twice!
Once the skirt was put together and I added some darts to the top it was time for a butterfly. Using black Broad Cloth and fusible web I traced out a cute butterfly. After cutting it I ironed it onto some cute colorful fabric. (That Tiny picked out) Then added some fusible web to the back of that and ironed it to the skirt.
I sewed around the edges so that it will make it though the washer. It turned out so cute!
Don’t ya think?