Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You may like to call me Maria Von Trapp.

I have moments when I decide I am actually a sewer. I ignore the fact that every other time I have had this feeling a lot of resources have gone into a project only for it never to be worn by anyone.

Besides this, I recently was the winner of a sewing book and decided that the no pattern girls twirly skirt was so easy even I could whip it up.

After I folded and cut and then displayed the fabric ready for sewing it was clear that this was on its way to being the domestic godess failure case study number 2. So I turfed it and started again.

I used the world's simplest pattern (from my head) of sewing a tube and adding some elastic around the waist.

But I was out of fabric, so remembering my favourite movie, The Sound of Music, I used up some material I had once bought to make some curtains (never made them of course).




Popps loved her new skirt. As long as no one refers to it as curtain fabric I expect this skirt will be worn heaps and heaps. It was also such a success for her that I think I could possibly buy some lovely fabric and spend more than the seven minutes this one took, to finish the inside seams nicely.



Has curtain fabric made it into your or your kids clothes wardrobe?

14 comments:

  1. cute. Little girls love pretty skirts, I'm sure, no matter what the fabric is!

    I'm still a beginner sewer but I've found looking online for tutorials and patterns has really helped me. I'm entirely self taught and just making use of really useful resources. I've got them all tracked under the 'sewing' tag on my blog if you are interested. Particularly lots of little girl stuff.

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  2. I took a 20 year break from my sewing career after year 10 at high school. It is something I would love to take up again but wonder if I am being delusional. We move house in a few months and the new place has enough space to make a dedicated "craft" area should I feel inclined. The more I read posts like your, the more I am urged to visit lincraft!

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  3. It's a great skirt! I have a set of groovy 1970s curtains that someone gave me that I am dying to make in to a skirt for my girl, but am just waiting for the right moment. There's a great online tutorial for super simple skirts at Oliver & S called a "lazy day skirt" if you google that - it's the same style tube thing, but with a really nice ribbon hem feature. Easy peesy.
    Go Maria!

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  4. That material would look gorgeous as cafe curtains in my country kitchen! But it also makes a super sweet skirt, great job!

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  5. Clairey, every day I'm amazed by your talents.

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  6. So cute! Now that I am a mum I wish I could sew. I remember my mum making me a dress out of our actual curtains once - I'm not really sure WHY she did... but she did.

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  7. That is really cute Claire - nice work. If it looks that good after 7minutes - imagine what you can do! Domestic goddess hit here :)

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  8. That is FAB!! I am so pleased for you. Hell, if I could figure out how to sew a seam I might even tackle the 'Clairey tube skirt' myself!! Well done to you! x

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  9. That skirt is cute! And I can not sew to save myself. My textiles teacher back in high school just looked at me and shook her head.

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  10. Oooh now I want to sing about our favourite things!!

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  11. That's adorable! I cannot sew at all. I was the despair of my sewing teacher at school. I admit I'm envious of you being able to make things like this for your daughter. It's lovely.

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  12. Love it ! I'll be lucky to sew a library bag for the twinslets...

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  13. love the skirt, Maria ;) Oh my I love that movie...
    Heidi xo

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  14. love the skirt, Maria ;) Oh my I love that movie...
    Heidi xo

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