New spring skirts

I’ve been so busy crafting in the garden, that my sewing machine called out to me yesterday. I’ve been meaning to make some spring/summer skirts for the girls. Yesterday, I let them choose any fabric, from my cupboard, that took their fancy.

AJ has had her eye on this green fabric for a while, so her choice was quick and easy. It is vintage fabric from my mother’s collection.

BL chose a yellow and tan flower pattern, again from my mother’s collection. It reminds me of buttercups and toffee.

The yellow skirt needed something else, so I added a ribbon at the bottom, inspired by the Oliver + S Lazy Day Skirt. I used another pattern for the skirt sizing as I wanted a wider skirt. The girls love their skirts. They were so quick to make that I think I will be making more.

It has been a beautiful, sunny day today. Not a cloud or plane in the sky, although we did spot a light aircraft in the distance. We are not bothered much by planes in the normal way. Thanks to the volcano ash, there are no vapour trails in the sky, or gentle hum from aeroplane engines. (Although, as I write this a helicopter has just gone over.)

It was so lovely, we had a picnic in the garden for lunch and listened to the birds singing and the bees humming. Even had a hornet buzz by. There is very little wind. It is so still that even the road noises are quieter than usual. Unfortunately, we have to keep our doors shut as the fire alarm is sensing something and keeps on going off. Hey, but that seems a small price to pay for a lovely tranquil day.

I can empathise with people stranded. From personal experience I know its no fun sleeping on an airport floor, not knowing when you’ll get on a flight. In my case it wasn’t down to a volcano eruption.

Oh and two hot air balloons…. there’s something ironic in this one.

5 thoughts on “New spring skirts

  • Sunday 18 April, 2010 at 1:11 am
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    they look lovely..how did you do the waistbands? (I’m NO good at waistbands)

    • Sunday 18 April, 2010 at 11:51 am
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      Val – I did elastic waistbands. SO much quicker to turn over the top twice to make a tube and thread the elastic through. Much easier. The children don’t want to fiddle with buttons and zips, so it is a win-win. In fact I only do “proper” waistbands for me, as my hips don’t look good with lots of gathered fabric!

  • Sunday 18 April, 2010 at 1:56 am
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    I just love the girls’ skirts! What beautiful fabric. How lucky you are to have some of your mother’s fabric. What a treasure. I can’t wait for the flowers to bloom here. My little one wants to put flowers in her hair.

    • Sunday 18 April, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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      elizabeth – Thank you. The girls are wearing the skirts again today, so I guess they are a hit with them. I love the vintage fabric, especially ones I remember from my childhood. The green fabric was from a homemade skirt that my grandmother made for my mother, so it is lovely to give it a second life. The girls went to bed with the flowers still in their hair. Spring bliss.

  • Sunday 18 April, 2010 at 10:14 pm
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    Thanks Cheryl

    isn’t it nice when the fabric has a story to tell, my mum used to make clothes for us from my older cousins dresses. I still have fond memories of a top and shorts set she made from what once must have been a rather smart dress :0)

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