Sunday, April 12, 2009

Calico Cat

Looks like sewing will be making it's appearance here on a regular basis now!
Success with my first skirt:

This started out as the pattern for the Smocked Sundress from Weekend Sewing (with the intention of making it a skirt instead). I knew that the largest size would be too small for Maya so I added on some inches to compensate. However it was apparent after the smocking that this would in no way pass as a skirt or dress for my soon to be 10 year old!
After a bit of a panic as to what to do I realized if I just made another panel the same size and sewed the two together I would indeed have a skirt that fit.
So more fabric was ordered (it's Calico Cat -Alexander Henry)......another panel made....and then sewn together. I had left enough room above the smocking to add an elastic waistband casing (directions of which I followed from Sew What!: Skirts)........and ta da...it worked!
I spent all day yesterday admiring my handiwork while Maya pranced happily around in her new attire!

This really was a lot easier than I'd anticipated......one for me next I think!
On a side note I spoke to a dear friend of mine in Massachusetts today and shared my sewing success with her (she knows what my relationship with the sewing machine has been in the past) and she informed me that the author of Sew What!:Skirts has a fabric store in the area and teaches classes!!! I'm now even more excited about returning back East!

9 comments:

no-shrinking-violet said...

Your daughter and the skirt are lovely. I can't wait to try the same pattern with my girls. Purls Soho here I come:)

Dorit said...

And I still love your photos :) So beautiful.

Kirsten said...

Adorable!! I think my 15 year old would love this skirt!

ladybug-zen said...

it is so sweet. and she wears it well.

Lise said...

Very, very pretty.

Rachel said...

That skirt is adorable! And wow, your daughter's hair is beautiful!

Hilary said...

It's so cute! I think it would be great in a grown-up version, too.

lucy said...

it's such a pretty and cheerful skirt you made, so perfect for warm afternoons.

kat coyle said...

great skirt. i want one too :)