Wednesday, March 18, 2009

feeling orange

What will a 20"x58" piece of fabric get you?  A new skirt for your little girl in about 30 minutes.  Okay.  It took me an hour but that is because I tried to get the lint out of my sewing machine and couldn't figure out how to put the darn thing back together.  All fixed now and ready to make a few more of these.  No pattern necessary.  Just sew the salvage edge with right sides together (this will be a back seam). Make a casing that will hold a 2" piece of elastic, leaving an opening to feed elastic.  Feed elastic through.  Sew opening closed.  And voila.  A new bright, happy polka-dot skirt.  Libby thought she wanted an unfinished edge on the bottom but changed her mind and now wants it to be hemmed.  So, a 1" hem it will get.
I'll be back tomorrow to show you my new favorite way to give a gift card.  
Have a great one.

71 comments:

Kate said...

Great skirt! I do wish sometimes that I had a little girl to sew and knit for. (although I've definitely gotten my share of sewing in on the boys' Halloween costumes)

OT - Have to ask you about the R2-D2 - my boys are crazy for Star Wars, and I haven't seen that particular R2 before. Looks like it could be remote control?

At Home Mommy Knits said...

What a fantastic skirt! Those fun quick projects are so great.

Kirsten said...

Adorable! I love the bold orange dots. I think that wall is the same color as my girls' bedroom.

I used to make skirts like this for myself when I was in college. They are the perfect thing for one who is on a budget and wants something new to wear out on a date.

Ella said...

Cute! I'll have to try that for the munchkins this summer. And maybe for me too!

Love the colors in this post, by the way...

APA said...

"And so shall we know the bright orange glow of Brother Sun."

Just came up with that one, inspired by your photo, it's most fantabulous composition, that will but turn what might be a frown into a smile! :)

Delightful, happy, casual, comfy, and sweet...your favorite 11 year old and that adorable skirt you made for her....totally!

sheepish one said...

very cute! the polka dots are just so cheerful.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

The orange dots really make this skirt. So cute.

TAMI said...

What great oranges!! And I just love those "Whip'em up" projects!!

Sarah Jackson said...

That's my favorite way to make skirts for Annika! I have a whole stack o' fabric waiting for her new summer skirts and dresses (which are not much more complicated).

I'm loving those polka dots and now I have to go ogle fabric and try not to buy.

sixoneseven said...

cute skirt, and hello, R2!

Hilary said...

Oh, that is just SO cute. And what a great photo! I love how R2D2 is there supervising things. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the cute little skirt! adorable how the dots work together.
Have a good day Les!
C

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

What a lucky little girl you have!

Kara said...

Again, coolest mom ever!

Chris said...

Very cool skirt! I need to make my daughter some of those now that warmer weather is coming. I have to ask about the R2-D2 too! Who makes it? My son is Star Wars crazy right now!

Jan said...

Adorable! I love when my machine is clean, dust free and ready to go - that is rarely the case! Is your daughter interested in sewing? I started at 10 and have loved it ever since.

Julie said...

It's darling! I'd love to see the rest of the room that the orange wall goes with!

Lisa Clarke said...

What fun dots! I got on a skirt-making kick last year using thrifted bed sheets. I used a similar method. By the end of the summer, I had a whole wardrobe full of dirt cheap funky skirts. I'm sure I'll be making more this season.

Yarn It said...

So cute! I just ordered fabric to make the Twirly Skirt you have shown before....I think I need to try my hands at sewing. My girls would love these skirts! You are so great with these projects.

Philigry said...

love all the orange, and that skirt is great!

Evy said...

Looks great and sounds easy to do! I love the fabric - really cheerful, just in time for spring!

Rose said...

Pretty! And smart! Love the orange wall, too!

house on hill road said...

adorable! i showed it to jane hoping she'd get excited. nope. kate took the bait, though.

Jessica said...

I really do love orange! That's great!

peaknits said...

What a fun idea! Great skirt and color - thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Excellent! And a great photo too.

Meggie said...

Cute skirt, Les! Libby is one lucky gal.

MadMad said...

You know you lost me at "selvedge edge," right? Still, though, very pretty!

Nantucket Dreams said...

love! love so much! i was wondering if you think a similar nonpattern skirt can work for us grown up girls? hmmm

Renee said...

Lovely skirt!!

Renee said...

Lovely skirt!!

sue said...

I love the fabric you used for that skirt, it looks fantastic. I think I may have some fabric that I can turn into one of those for my little girl too.

Gretchen said...

my boys have been begging for that fish tank!

stitching under oaks said...

love that skirt...wonder how many yards I'd need to make myself one? hmmmm. Libby is too cute! Wish my girls were into skirts.

Kristen said...

That's wicked cute! I seriously want one!

leslie said...

oh, it turned out perfectly. and love the orange wall.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Unreal. This skirt rules:)

lucy said...

Ok, i am brimming with the happy colours. very cute.

Stephanie said...

Great skirt and photo! Your composition is wonderful and choice of fabric so fun! Love the R2D2.

raining sheep said...

So cute. I love orange; such a friendly color!

kim said...

Crazy cute!

skeinsherway said...

Okay, too cute! Love the orange wall...

Alisha said...

Love the colors!

I need to sew something soon...I am going through withdrawal and then to see that cute skirt....oh man!

Pam said...

Thanks for the great idea. I have plenty of fabric that I went throught today that will be perfect.

Kloth & Bolt said...

what a great skirt! Quick yet stylish! -kb

dana said...

Love the skirt. Love the photo. Love R2.

iknitipurl said...

Too cute!

sweetp said...

Love the bright colours, nice and cheerful for spring

Jackie said...

great way of using a "not so big" piece of fabric, and you made it so simple to do with !

mistybliss said...

oh, what a fabulous skirt - as so easy too!!! Love love love all the color here xx

Kendall Micayla said...

Love it! Very cute print too!
Kendall

Kendall Micayla said...

Love it! Very cute print too!
Kendall

theknittingcowgirl said...

Great job Leslie!

And I have to say again that you take WONDERFUL pictures!!!

Kristyn Knits said...

too cute!
It must be fun to have a girly girl to sew and knit for!
thanks for sharing your technique.

~ K ~ said...

Don't you love to make those little treats for your loved ones? They love it and there's nothing like seeing them sport something you handmade. It looks great! The colors are so vibrant - they chase away the winter gray that seems to be looming lately. Very nice!

erica said...

Love the skirt, love the R2D2, love the wall, love orange. So jealous!

BellaPepper said...

Oh I just love the cheeriness of that skirt, makes me smile.

Seanna Lea said...

That's a nice quick thing to make. Heck, it also looks like it would work well for adult sizes (I certainly can do it well within the normal fabric width at least).

Shannon said...

Beautiful! I love the orange. Little skirts are the best because they are totally adorable and so quick. Our girlies can have a whole closet full with very little effort. Awesome!

Flipfloppingmamma said...

Wow! That is one orange wall! It looks so perfect!

(Love the skirt too!)

lucky knitter said...

Great skirt and so quick to make! Thanks for the wonderful etsy link.

Louise said...

Oh my goodness - you have an orange wall!!! Yum! And double yum with that absolutely gorgeous skirt.

tiennie said...

That is so cute!

Poshyarns said...

I am thrilled because I am all behind here and got to read three of your posts in one go!

All three great posts. First off, I love this skirt Leslie, I remember making skirts like these when I was about twelve and first using a sewing machine. I am definitely going to make one this week.

Julija's wardrobe... said...

Lovely skirt!!

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