Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Myrissa Skirt

 The pattern I used for both the Myrissa and the Mia Skirt is a FREE downloadable pattern from my favorite children's pattern company, Oliver + S. It is the lazy days skirt pattern and it uses a super great technique at the bottom edge of the skirt. Tomorrow I will share in pictures how to add the bottom hem with bias binding and you will see what I am talking about, but it is easy peasy! This skirt is just a basic elastic waist skirt that is sewn from selvage to selvage and can be made into any length/size, which is great.
In sewing, I am constantly challenging myself to come up with cute stuff using what I already have in my fabric stash that I inherited from those before me. I have not bought fabric hardly at all since I began this site, because I want to use up what's in my closet first, even though it is pretty tempting with all that's out there!

I had this plain cotton purple and a coordinating lilac purple gingham check that I knew I wanted to use. The night before these two sister's birthdays, I asked another neighbor girl if she had a gift for either of them and she said she didn't, so knowing how much all of them liked my Colorful Felt Bib Necklace, I asked her if she wanted to craft and make some necklaces for them. She came up with a purple and hot pink color scheme for Myrissa and so that was the main inspiration for the skirt. I made it to match and I love how the hot pink bias binding (already in my stash, too) coordinated and made this skirt pop!
 I drew out the curved shape of a pocket, being originally inspired by Jessica's skirts that I saw in this Scalloped Shorts Tutorial. When in need of inspiration for girls, Me Sew Crazy is where it's AT!
 I used the same bottom edge technique with the pocket and added kelley green rick rac as the flower stems and sewed on the circle felt flowers, then hand sewed the pearls in the center of each flower. It didn't take much more time and totally transformed a rather "boring" skirt to something fun!
 Perfect for playing and riding in... which makes me happy. It also makes me happy that more than likely these two girls have never received anything hand-made like this and I could tell they felt so special on their birthdays!

The Mia Skirt here!