Skirts, skirts, skirts

So now that it is finally summer around here, I thought I should finish up some sewing before this short season ends.   So I scoured my favorite blogs and Pinterest in search of something fun to make and came across these adorable Simple Skirts from Made.  These have been on my list for awhile, which is ridiculous considering how easy they are to make!

Seriously these can be whipped out in an hour…if you have that much uninterrupted time.  Which I don’t, so it took two evenings.  I want to make like a hundred of these.  They are so cute, they are easy and Delly loves them.

For my first attempt I made a simple single layer skirt using this adorable purple kitty cat print.  It’s been in my stash for awhile and I new Delly would love it.  I love Dana’s tip about top-stitching around the top of the elastic casing to make the waist stand out.  I will be doing this again for sure.

I also made a double layer skirt using some yellow gingham and checkered print fabric I picked up at a rummage sale.  This fabric has a really nice drape and it looks wonderful even after a day with a three year old.  This has quickly become my favorite skirt.  Not only for the cuteness factor, but because I finally got the nerve to try out my new serger on this project.  And I fell in love.  It is amazing, it makes the skirt look even better.  The serger seriously makes my little homemade hobby look professional.  I LOVE it!  It still scares me a little, but I’m trying out some different things to see what it can do and get more comfortable with it.

So, there you have it, my version of a simple skirt.  I’m looking forward to making a fall version with corduroy or chambray.

Color My Summer Skirt

Summer is an easy time to add color to a wardrobe.  There’s nothing like a bright and cheerful print to get you outside and enjoying the beautiful weather.  I’ve had this Heather Bailey Lindy Leaf print in my stash for quite awhile and I decided it was finally time to make it my own.

I came across this older tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew!, and thought I would give it a try.  It’s a simple gathered skirt with a shirred back waistband.  This gave me a chance to try out some new sewing techniques like shirring, as well as adding an underskirt for lining.

It took me a few evenings to pull this together, mostly because I spent several hours trying to figure out how to use elastic thread in my bobbin for shirring.  I scoured the internet for tips and tutorials and still I’m not sure how to do this.  I did manage to get a shirred look, but it wasn’t as tight as I hoped it would be and I haven’t been able to recreate the look.  Apparently Brother sewing machines are very difficult to use elastic thread with.  Bummer, because there are so many cute little girl dress with shirring that I would love to make.

I paired the skirt with a cute aqua blue ruffle tank, I think the colors complement each other and really make them pop.  I was looking for more of a muted dusty blue color, but I guess that color isn’t “in” right now.  I will definitely be packing this for my vaca in San Diego next week!

The Pillowcase Dress

I love the simplicity of a dress.  They’re so easy and versatile.  And what could be more simple than a pillowcase dress?  I’ve been wanting to make one for quite awhile, so when I came across this sweet set of pillowcases during my last thrifting expedition I thought I could sew up a perfect summer dress for Delly.

The dress is simple to put together which is why the style is so popular.  It’s basically just a casing around the top and armholes.  Measurements don’t need to be exact,which is right up my alley.  Although next time I will trim the sides of the pillowcase a bit, so the bodice is slimmer and add bias tape around the arms for a more finished look.  I left the the full width of the pillowcase and it’s a bit large for Delly, but I guess this way it will fit her for quite awhile.

It’s a perfect lightweight summery outfit.  Now if we could only get some consistent sunshine here in the northwest, she could actually wear it!

There are dozens of tutorials and inspirations available.  Some of my favorites include these by Aesthetic NestPrudent Baby and The Mother Huddle.