Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunshine Patchwork Skirt

It is no secret that Wednesday is my muse. From the moment I began creating since her birth. First scrapbooking and then sewing. So when I am in between creative bursts I look to her for inspiration. Last week I asked her what sort of skirt she would like next. She replied with a simple "Sunshine skirt."

At first I thought maybe I could do some applique work, use up some vintage ribbons and such but after a couple of hours of cutting and placing it.just.wouldn' I decided to stop forcing it. Packed up the cut pieces and watched Sherlock. The next morning I woke up and was instantly inspired. I set to work after getting Wednesday off to school and by noon I had finished this little number. And so I present my second entry into the Crafterhours Skirt Week 2012 contest.

I call it the Sunshine Skirt. Made up of remnants from vintage sheets, new and vintage pillowcases and new(ish) yardage it is the sunniest skirt I have made.

It fit Wednesday like a dream with room to both play and grow.

I have finally figured out how to make the back of a skirt longer than the front to compensate for little girls belly's and bubble bums.

front right side detail
This is Wednesday's first skirt by me with a pocket. I would have liked to make it a bit more ornate but I think the simple approach works well with the skirt.

front top view
I have started to sew my waistbands with a 'stitch-in-the-ditch' quilting technique that lends itself well to clothing.

front right corner detail
I wasn't sure what I was doing at the hem (I usually do something ruffled.) so when I found some old orange bias tape I used it instead of hemming and losing length.

sunshine back waist detail
I love how the skirt has a fitted front panel and this elasticized back panel. Style and comfort in one little skirt.

I could not resist making a matching hair piece. This is three gather flowers made from the scraps and glued to a French clip and finished with vintage lace.

I'd say the skirt is comfortable to play in wouldn't you?

My little lady. ♥


♥Wish me luck! ♥