Wednesday April 20, 2011

A few weeks back Stephanie and I got together to do a little sewing.  Have you met Steph?  No?

That’s her on the far left-hand side (love this picture of her).  She’s my homegirl.  She’s all that and a bag of chips, and if she’s reading this she’s rolling her eyes and laughing at me… cause that’s the way we roll.
If you would like to know Steph a little better you can read about her here and here.   I could easily dedicate multiple posts on the subject of Stephanie but I think (for the time being) I have sufficiently embarrassed her.
(I didn’t take this picture, I’m not sure who did, I stole it off Stephanie’s FB page)

Where was I?  Oh yeah… sewing project.

{image courtesy of Maya*Made}
I found this pattern early last year on one of my favorite blogs Maya*Made.  Steph and I wanted to make one for ourselves, but we thought is would be easiest to start by making skirts for our girls first.

This is the one I made for Eliza.  It’s a fun, simple pattern that is easy to embellish and has lots of lovely variations.  The pattern is designed to make use of a large recycled t-shirt.  You make the skirt out of the various parts of the shirt.  I bought mine on the clearance rack at Target for $3.99.   The skirt is meant to have a casual feel to it.  Most of the edges are unfinished but because it’s make of cotton knit the edges won’t fray.

I added a few splashes of color to the bottom of the skirt by stitching a few circles above the hem.

It has a simple drawstring waist.

I also added a ruffle by cutting a strip of leftover material and running a basting stitch down the center, gathered it up, and sewed it to the hem line.

{image courtesy of Maya*Made}
I want to make several more for Eliza  like the ones in this picture.  I love the scalloped edges and the gathered sides of these skirts!  I also want to make several for me.  Check out these versions~

{photos courtesy of Maya*Made}
Aren’t they lovely?! If you are interested in purchasing this pattern you can buy it from Maya’s Etsy shop.  I LOVE her nesting burlap bucket pattern!  I have made several of them and I am smitten with their adorableness and functionality.

I don’t want to end this post without singing the praises of Maya’s blog.  What I love about her site, and what sets her apart from other sewing blogs, is her pure approach to sewing and creating.  There was a time (not so long ago) when sewing was about creating something beautiful and functional out of items you had on hand.  It is a skill and an art that was born out of necessity, fueled by resourcefulness and ingenuity.  That is what Maya manages to capture each and every time she sits down to create.  Her art and sewing are usually inspired by nature, and make use of recycled items. If you get a moment you should stop by her site.  Even if you don’t sew I think you would enjoy seeing her corner of the world.

As always it’s a pleasure to have you stop by ~ April

25 thoughts on “Wednesday April 20, 2011

  1. Anonymous

    Aww, listen to how you sing Maya’s praises!  I must go check her out now!
    Love the idea.  I think my Jaynee girl will be seen in one of these soon.
    Your GREAT!

  2. myall4christ81

    These are adorable! Let’s just say just as in the plant world I am lacking a green thumb, in the sewing world I am lacking…um…well whatever the equivalent of a green thumb would be. :)

  3. down_onthefarm

    cheers to friends like steph! “She’s all that and a bag of chips.”
    i am loving those kind of gals in my life…and enjoy reading about yours!

    i haven’t sewed much in like forever. but my word.
    you have inspired me to tweak something with my machine!
    those skirts are adorable!

  4. mellibella

    I need a sewing buddy near by!!! To spark me to try something like this…these are BEAUTIFUL!!! Most of my friends don’t even cook, much less sew…but my oh my you have made me want to get the sewing machine out of my attic!!! : )  Glad you have Stephanie.

  5. redladybug18

    These are just so so cute!  I love the ruffles.  Someday when I’ve got lots of time (haha) I’m going to have to make one of these.  For the adult one, does she use a t-shirt as well?

  6. Donna7

    What sweet skirts for the girls. Well done. Would love to see the rest when you make them. I love seeing what people make with their hands!

  7. ABAHM

    really darling skirts.  Love how the one turned out for your daughter. 

    I was just talking to someone yesterday about, ‘There was a time (not so long ago) when sewing was about making
    something beautiful and functional, out of items you had on hand.” She said her mom and Grandma could take any item and remake it, turn it, reuse it with their great sewing skills.

    Sounds like a wonderful friend you’ve got there!  We had a group of friends, a while ago now, that used to meet with our babies and sew together…it was great fun.

  8. mytoesareblue

    oh a fabulous friend. sooo great to have those, especially to get together and spend some time hanging out and being crafty together. love it. and that pattern is gorgeous. i like the long one with the sparrow on it. i’m going directly to check out her site…i love so many of the fabulous i’ve found from lovely xanga friend’s recommendations. i need to find myself a sewing machine that i can actually understand the instructions for…the only problem i have is thread tehe thing….but my old one came with instructions that i can’t even behin to decipher and when i use it it sounds like a train thundering through the i’d like to at least upgrade to a simpler/quieter one. i have many cool ideas that i’d love to pursue

  9. purpleamethyst76

    Beautiful!  I really want to try that sometime!  Good job and thanks for the blog recommendation.  I’m always looking for more inspiration!  Blessings to you on this day~

  10. lifeisadance

    What a great show & tell AND inspiration! Love the pictures you showed and the ones you sewed! You are one talented woman. :) I’ve been wanting to do some sewing for my girls this week, but was hit with strep throat for almost a week now, so that will have to wait for another time. But wow, did you ever get me inspired. :)

  11. inanorchard

    @myall4christ81 - I understand completely.  Two things I cannot do to save my life: crochet and bake a cake from scratch.  I’ve tried both multiple times and it was NOT pretty!

    @foreveranoatneygirl - If you get the pattern let me know what you think of it!  Now if only we lived down the street from each other… think of all the fun we would have *wistful sigh*

    @down_onthefarm - Maya has some great ideas doesn’t she?!  I was thinking that even if you didn’t make a skirt from scratch you could take her embellishment ideas and use them on a store bought or thrift store skirts.  Do it girl!  Get that machine out and start tweaking!… wait… that.doesn’t.sound.right

    @Elizabethmarie_1 - I love the version she made for her pattern!  I’m absolutely going to make one like that.  I’m keeping my eye out for the perfect large lace doily.

    @mellibella - That is one of the things I love best about sewing with a friend.  Two heads are better than one and it gives me the courage to try patterns I might not otherwise attempt.  Most Community Colleges offer beginning sewing classes, they’re fun and a good place to meet new people.

    @TrentTribe - I’m glad you like her site!  She just released her first book and I would love to get a copy.

    @redladybug18 - Yes she uses an XXXL shirt for the adult skirts.  I think I’m just going to save my coupons and by yardage from the fabric store for my skirt.  I think the large shirts work great for the little girls but for myself I want more room to work with and heavier weight fabric.

    @Donna7 - Thanks!  I will try to to another post when I’ve finished the other skirts :)

    @ABAHM - It’s a goal of mine to be a more capable seamstress so I can make better use of my resources.  I would like to take a tailoring class (in all my spare time!).  It’s a lot of fun to get together with friends and sew, and we are usually surrounded by children and babies, which cuts down on our productivity significantly ;)

    @mytoesareblue - there are some really nice basic machines that are very straightforward.  I don’t know if you have a sewing machine dealer near you, but that’s a good place try machines out and get reliable information.  Sew Mama Sew is also a good blog for getting help with using and operating machines.

    @purpleamethyst76 - Thank you Shanda!  I think you in particular with like Maya’s blog.  She shares your love of nature, photography, and reading… you two remind me of each other a little bit.

  12. mytoesareblue

    i read in one of your comments about wanting to take a tailoring class…oh what fun that would be. knowing how to cut such specific fits…i think it would be great for you, although i’m sure difficult to find time to fit all that actual appllication in. but i think that is a great idea.

  13. inanorchard

    @lifeisadance - Sorry you’ve had strep throat Clarita!  How awful.  The girls didn’t get it did they?  Speaking of girls… yours would look darling in little Reinvention Skirts… although they would look darling in a potato sack ;)   You take care of yourself and get feeling better!

  14. appalolly

    I am not even a person who sews (first I wrote, I’m not a “sewer” but that looked like it was something else involving poop! )  but I still REALLY enjoyed this post. All of the skirts are adorable. LOVE that first one that you want to make for yourself.

    And yay for great friends! Aren’t they just such a big part of what makes our lives go ’round?

  15. grace_to_be

    well, hello!!! Stephanie~ you sound like a sweetheart of a friend. :)

    those skirts are adorable, April. i’ll take one of each in a size6 please.
    not that i’m quite in a size6 just yet.. but i know these beauties would be all the motivation i’d need. ;)

    lovin your show and tell’s.

  16. skittler335

    They are very cute! I would like to wear skirts more often, my hubby loves my legs. LoL And these are the type I feel I could wear whenever and wherever. The purple and blue flower print pattern is identical to a little top I got for my daughter at Target, methinks it’s the same one.

  17. inanorchard

    @skittler335 - Yes!  You have a good eye, I bought that shirt at Target for Eliza and I liked it so well i decided to save it and use it as material.  I thought it added a much needed splash of color :)   I like skirts especially  for the summer.   These skirts are great for dressing up or going casual with at tank of t-shirt :)   You gotta show of those legs!!!

  18. baileyandme

    wow, i love those skirts. thanks too for the intro to a  great new blog– i never heard of maya maya before. and i just loved your description of your friend, steph. aren`t those kinds of friends just the best things ever. she looks like a fun person. 


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