Last night I was needing a sewing fix, bad. I hadn't sewn since what seems like forever. I traced out my New Look tank and a skirt for Miss K. Then today I prewashed and cut the fabric. This afternoon the kids were busy so I sat down to sew K's skirt quick. I took her measurements today (I do this every 4 months or so because they grow so fast!) and K had a fun time taking my measurements - that girl can get silly. I guess K decided to jump straight from 134 to 146, ugh! Based on her exact measurements I traced and cut the 146. I even measured the pattern pieces to make sure they would fit over her larger rear.
The directions on these are great. You get walked through each step nicely. This is a simpler design, only 3 pieces, so a beginner would have no problem. K and I both like the kangaroo pocket. The one thing I didn't like was when I was instructed to baste the raw edge of the waistband before attaching it to the skirt. I have found that my waistbands do not stretch to fit the skirt if I baste them. Also, the hem is a big 1.5" and in the front you have 2 layers of pocket and 2 layers of skirt you are flipping up so it gets quite heavy and thick.
I sewed this up in about an hour - it was quick. The moment of truth? K went to try it on and it is super big on her, and long. Just for giggles I tried it on - IT FIT ME! My 42" hip.... hahahaha. It was very snug but nothing more than a knit pencil skirt would be. Off to the "too big" pile it goes. She will fit into it eventually and it is such a cute, and quick skirt.
Fabric: the pink is stash sweatshirt fabric from Mill End, 1/2 yard for $1.98. I previously used this fabric for K's sweatpants here. The blue and white medallion band is from my soon to be made tank.
In other news... K taught herself to ride her bike a few months ago (her stubbornness and what not) so my mom bought her a bigger bike. She was so proud of it here
and 2 minutes later took a HUGE digger and fell right onto the handlebars. She's ok but the battle wounds are nasty!
This guy on her side is turning all shades of purple, green, and yellow now
Here are some pictures from our camping trip:
The way up the bluff that we climbed.
The middle of the bluff
Near the top where K and I opted out of going further. I was having a massive anxiety/asthma attack because I'm TERRIFIED of heights, and K was tired.
We had to wait a bit for the boys to return - notice my Burda racer back tank?
Which they did, eventually
My whole body is covered in mosquito bites and it's driving me batty! Here is one thigh
But now I'm off to sew up my tank top. The rest of this week is pretty open for us and the hubs will be off canoeing all day Sunday (another thing I am terrified of is water with fish in it. Fish creep me out!) so I will be getting lots of sewing time in. I hope you are having a great week!
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 3 yards
Fabric Out: 3..75 yards
Fabric In: 24.25
Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 31 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 118.75 yards
Fabric in 2014: 129.75 yards
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~