Creating and Smiles

Over the holiday I enjoyed sewing and creating a few items.  I began with up-cycling a top never worn into a skirt for Princess.  So bright and funky, she loves it.

It was simply a matter of cutting the bodice top off and turning the edges over. Quite handily the rows of shirring on the back meant no elastic was needed.

Inspired by pictures on pinterest, I next made a strip skirt.  Between choosing fabric and my machine tension issues this was not a quick skirt to make.


Princess however is rather thrilled although PC calls it a ‘pauper skirt,’  reminding me of Dolly’s song,
Momma sewed the rags together 
Sewin’ every piece with love 
She made my coat of many colors 

My next project was a simple circle skirt.
*Tip- Taking a ‘short cut’ by not pinning material prior to cutting results in an uneven skirt hanging, oops.

Jelly Bean’s preference is for a skirt a little longer, to the knees or lower.  I topped these skirts with exposed elastic, as the fabric was lightweight I used pretty underwear elastic, nor did I bother to hem, I’ve just edged, I may yet have to turn.

Circle skirts are so easy to whip up, quick and full with a lovely swing.  I hadn’t sewn in so long, it was lovely to be a little creative again.  Hoping to make a couple more.

9 thoughts on “Creating and Smiles

  • April 25, 2012 at 10:25 am


    I am inspired! Gemma-Rose could do with some skirts. I will have to get the sewing machine out. Though I think I will have to use heavier fabric than you. It must be warmer up your way!

  • April 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Lovely! both the skirts and your girls!!! I wish I had girls to sew up some cute skirts. That's the most gratifying sewing project!

  • April 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Dear Erin,
    I am making red flannel nighties for the Vellvin, Moran, Myffwyn and Arwen as well as red flannel petticoats for me and Vellvie.
    Vellvin with my help has been sewing skirts for the younger girls too.
    We have had some lovely times doing this together

  • April 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Well Done! It's been quite a while since I have done some sewing for my girls – you must feel a great sense of accomplishment. 🙂

  • May 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you all, we have really enjoyed this project. Actually we've been busy buying other outfits and upcycling them, Princess has now amassed a nice wardrobe.


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