Thursday, May 27, 2010

Flirty Skirty Ends the Mommy Clothes Rut

Hey Craft Lovers!  Less than a week to go until CraftShare begins. I'm excited to share what I've been learning and see what good ideas you have to share too. There are some really great guest posters lined up as well, so there's loads of good fun coming!  Join in on the fun & spread the word by grabbing the CraftShare button.  Our first topic will be Laminated Cotton. Projects, tips, tutorials & more and remember to add any photos of things you've made with laminated cotton to the CraftShare Flickr group to show off your handiwork:)

Now on to my latest project.  Improvements to my summer wardrobe have been desperately needed.  Having been pregnant last summer means there's not a lot of properly fitting stuff in the ol' closet and I've fallen into the trap of the "Mommy Clothes Rut":  t-shirts, jeans, plain shorts and boring shoes.  Practical, but ugh in the style department.  With the warm weather finally here, I'm determined to break out of the blah with some flirty, girly clothes.  I finally tried out a book I got for Christmas called Sew What! Skirts that gives loads of techniques & design ideas for skirts.  Here's my first item:

Design-wise it's nothing fancy, just a full skirt with an elastic waist, but this fabric doesn't need an intricate shape to look pretty, so why gild the lily?  I do love making stuff, but sometimes I have to wonder when I see other blogs spend HOURS on lots of intricate assembling for everyday shirts or skirts.  I can appreciate the skills & effort put in, but when you've got several kids to chase after, is it worth it to spend several hours or even days on lots of pieces or tricky stitch work when it's just going to get ice cream, hose water or sand spilled on it?

My solution is to cut some time crunch corners: find a basic shape that looks good and let the cuteness of fabric do the work.  This took about $7 of fabric + $1 of elastic, an hour's worth of time and the result will work for a night out or a day at the beach.  And if it's introduced to some chocolate ice cream or some misplaced sunscreen, I won't mind;)


  1. Pretty skirt, fantastic fabric! This really works for you since you are so thin. I would have to find a skirt that suits my "not so thin" gramma waistline! You did a great job and at that price you can make several.

  2. :)
    I agree with the hose water and chocolate thing! :)

    I love skirts, especially long broom skirts- I feel so feminine when I wear one!

    I love your fabric choice!

  3. Hi! Visiting from New Friend Friday from the The Girl Creative. I LOVE that skirt! I can't sew to save my life but my daughter loves it, she just turned 13. She WANTS to make clothes like this so bad but I have no idea how to teach her. Maybe I should show her YOUR blog! Thanks again, if you are interested in some recipes, feel free to visit my blog, thanks!

  4. cute skirt!

    New follower from New Friend Friday- please follow me back at a

    Happy Friday!!

  5. Really cute! I love the floral print and it's perfect for summer!

    I don't even know how moms have any time to sew or do any other crafty things, so congrats for making some time for yourself!

  6. cute cute cute! hi from nff!

  7. How stinkin' cute! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

  8. OMG I LOVE THAT SKIRT!!!! I would do anything to have a skirt like that in that print. :)

    Following from Follow Me Friday. :) I hope you can visit and follow me as well!! Have a great weekend!

  9. I love your skirt, and it suits your figure very well.

    And do I know about not having anything to wear!

  10. gorgeous Cheryl. I reckon you have a whole other blog just waiting to be written .... how to spring back into amazing shape after having babies


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