When Caroline asked if I would guest post on She Sews, I headed straight for the kids’ clothes. Hmmm… so many wonderful tutorials to choose from. It was difficult to narrow it down, but I was looking for a tutorial for a Christmas outfit for a special little Miss. The 4th July Ruffle Skirt by Terra, from Mama Says Sew, caught my eye. It was perfect for what I had in mind.
Swap the 4th July colours for Christmas colours and I was set. Omitting the traditional Christmas green, has meant it’s not too Christmassy and can be worn at any time, but the strong red gives it a definite Christmas feel.
I rather like the back view of the skirt. The little pleats are a great way to trim the bottom of the skirt. The tutorial suggests either pleats or a ruffle, but I thought I’d deviate from my normal ruffles and go with the pleats. I’m really pleased I did, as I think they suit this skirt.
The standout feature is the panel of ruffles, peeking out from underneath the skirt. As was to be expected, this was the part of the project which took the longest to sew. This is where I deviated from the tutorial ever so slightly. The tutorial suggests attaching the ruffled panel, by sewing over the existing top stitching, sewn to keep the pleats in place. I didn’t like my chances of sewing exactly on the same line of stitching, so I sewed a 2nd row of top stitching outside the first and continued this all the way around the skirt.
The waistband is made by adding a separate piece of fabric to the main skirt. This allows for fullness in the skirt, without bulk around the waist, making a very comfortable piece of clothing. The tutorial assumes some prior knowledge in making the waistband casing, as well as when gathering the ruffles and making the pleats.
If you have made simple skirts before and are after something that is slightly more challenging, then this cute, girlie skirt might be just what you are looking for. The tutorial contains LOTS of photos, with step by step instructions.
I’m thrilled with how the skirt has turned out!!! It’s going to be perfect for Christmas, teamed with an appliquéd t-shirt.
Thanks so much Pam! I love adding blue to my Christmas colors too. Just so everybody knows, Pam has ongoing themed linky parties on her blog, Threading My Way. Check it out, they’re so much fun!
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The first thing I want to say is that I’m not calling this quilt terrible. Did you notice that? How I made my first quilt? Well, I can look back now and say that my quiltmaking skills were terrible. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I’m so glad I jumped right in and made a quilt.
Get ready to make your new favorite “Do Everything “ tote! This FREE Oslo Craft Bag pattern has got all the insider tips and tricks from master bag maker, Sara Lawson, of Sew Sweetness.com. Sara’s tutorials are so amazingly ease…
A few years ago I had a little obsession with wool. I got a felting machine and I made all kinds of projects with felted wool (including this boy’s scarf). I bought books about every topic related to wool… including growing your own, lol! What was the animal I thought I could raise for wool??? Llamas!
Sew up a mini quilt with Dresden points, patchwork squares, applique, and some sweet and easy thread painting. I know you’re gonna love sewing it up, and it will make a great addition to your mini quilt wall.
Are you looking for a cute new project to sew up this week? Well you’re in for a treat with this adorable child’s patchwork backpack… Heidi from the Fabric Mutt shared an adorable tutorial for her cute Cubby Pack. It’s a tote/back pack combo for kids or adults.
Oh that is just darling Pam! Love it!
I love it and want to make. I hope I can find the tutorial.
Nice one, i love mock wrap dresses, reminds me of the first one i made for my daughter when she was 2 , now she is 6…
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