I found a tutorial for this project online at Kara's Craftastical website. I just thought the skirt was so adorable that I knew I had to give it a shot. Besides, I knew I had a bunch of fat quarters stored up, and I wasn't sure what to use them for. This project was perfect for that purpose! On the website you can download (for free) a template of the pattern pieces, and the instructions given were not difficult to follow. For some reason, I ended up using more petals than Kara did, but the skirt still came out great.
While the front of the skirt has a simple waistband, the back has gathers, achieved by sewing a casing for three 1/4" pieces of elastic. It is a cute effect, and it fits my little one well. In fact, she will continue to wear this into next year, I am sure.
The only change I made was I decided to only use two tiers for my daughter's skirt because I thought three would be too much for an almost 18 month old. Also, after I sewed the skirt I realized that she did not have a top to wear with it.
I decided to sew a T-shirt, and add an applique to it. I used Kwik Sew's Sewing For Toddlers, and sewed a size T1. I re-used another one of my old maternity shirts, similar to this one for the fabric. Sadly, the shirt is a little oversized for my little princess. I really thought it would fit according to the sizing chart, but I was mistaken. So I will be taking in the side seams some for a better fit.
I wish I could say I am 100% happy with the T-shirt. Don't get me wrong, I love the applique, but I wasn't as pleased with the way I attached the neckband. I measured everything correctly and made sure the grain of the fabric, and the stretch was right, but I ended up having to pull the neckband quite a bit when sewing, and this caused some puckering. Other than that, I really like the shirt. I continue to get good sewing practice, and I will definitely applique again!
Here is the little one wearing her new "outfit:"
|Can you say "Vogue!"|
|Smile for the camera!|
|Are we done yet?|