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spring, summer

a new relaxed, everyday skirt

I am so excited to share my latest make with everyone! First, let me just start by saying that I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and our summers are HOT! I am constantly looking for new casual skirt and dress patterns. Skirts and dresses are just so much easier to wear on those hot days.

This past year I seen a lot of those relaxed, everyday skirts, typically made with french terry fabric. These skirts that I am seeing remind me of a pair of joggers turned into a skirt. Here are just a few examples from my Pinterest Board.


I was looking for a relaxed fit that skims the hips and goes straight down, just past the knee. I hadn’t had any luck finding a pattern, but I had the thought to hack the Mini Hudson Pant pattern by True Bias to make the skirt I had envisioned.

I had it all mapped out in my mind, but before I started executing my plans I decided to do a quick google search to see if there was a tutorial already out there and guess what, there was a tutorial already 🙂 Kelli with True Bias had a wonderful tutorial already written. The Hudson Skirt Hack, was exactly what I was looking to make and the tutorial was perfect.

Following the tutorial, I made a size 10 using the pattern for the Mini Hudson Pants. For the length, I cut the fabric one inch longer than the cut line for the capri length pants. As for fabric, I used a rayon, spandex french terry form my fabric stash.

I am really happy with the end result. I did choose not to include the drawstring, per my daughter’s request, but otherwise I think it looks quite similar to the inspiration picture.

Even though I did not include the drawstring, I did still stitch the waistband per the instructions in the pattern. I like the look of the stitched waistband, plus is keeps the elastic from rolling and twisting in the wash.

This was a very quick and gratifying project. I see myself making several more this summer for all of my girls. I might even make some for myself 🙂


sewing for easter: vintage inspired outfit

Easter is on its way! For me, that meant time to dig out those cute fabrics that I did not use last year. Let’s be honest, a fabric with rabbits on it, needs to become an Easter outfit.

Me and my girl both love vintage inspired clothing. She loved the storybook blouse and dress so I decided to sew her a new one. Femke loves a feminine touch and I always love sewing those extra little details.

The blouse has 4 pleats on the front and gathered elastic sleeve bottoms. At the beginning I was a bit afraid the pleats and the bold fabrics would be to much. But I think it worked out really well.

At the back the blouse is closed with an elastic loop and look at that cute matching bunny button I found.

The pinafore is a pattern that I found in the poppy magazine Edition 10. It closes with a zipper in the side seam. It took me some time to figure out how to do that for the first time but the skirt is really easy to put on now for Femke.

The suspenders are secured with buttons and crossed at the back. Instead of cutting the suspenders to the right size I made an extra pair of buttonholes. That way the skirt can grow with her.

And yes I think it won’t take long before we need to use the second pair of buttonholes. There was not enough fabric left to lengthen the skirt. So sew those easter fabrics now, because kids grow way to fast and maybe you will not have enough fabric left next year!

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upcycle after: skirts & dresses

upcycle after: skirts and dresses

I’m back again with some creative and easy upcycles! I’m taking the skirts and dresses today, and you’ll see pants, leggings, tops, jackets and who knows what else in the coming days! Skirts are probably one of the easiest things to make out of almost anything – tea towels, pillowcases, old curtains, anything!

Sometimes you need to look at that overflowing linen closet with a fresh eye, or snoop through hubbies closet for some never-worn shirts, or just take a trip through the sweaters at the thrift store. Inspiration usually strikes me at the strangest times – usually when I’m doing laundry, haha! I’ve rounded up some skirts made from all types of other textiles, but look beyond these to what you have on hand.

KCW Upcycling

 1. sweatpants to skirt, It’s Always Autumn 2. easy shirt to skirt upcycle, infarrantly creative 3. easy baby skirts, Delia Creates 4. 10-minute skirt, Make It & Love It

T-shirts are one of the best garments to upcycle. You can often use the original hem so that’s a time-saver (unless you love using your double needle. Oh. You don’t? Me neither!) Another great (and easy) idea is using too-short pants and turning them into a skirt!

KCW upcycle

1. pants to skirt transformation, The Crazy Tailor 2. tea towel skirt, Welcome to the Mouse House

And how about some dresses? I gave you a few as inspiration last week, but there are so many out there! Since dresses need a tad more fabric than a skirt, you can be on the lookout for cute sheets or curtains (clearance sheets at Target? Yes, please!), billowy skirts from the thrift store…

KCW upcycling

1. playdate dress tutorial, Craftiness is not Optional 2. pants to dress refashion, Mabey She Made It 3. tie-back tshirt dress, It’s Always Autumn 4. Norah Dress upcycle, Mabey She Made It

Honestly. That gorgeous white dress on the right makes me want to cut up my Ikea kitchen curtains. I have successfully upcycled an old lace curtain for so many different garments – it’s amazing how versatile lace curtains (and curtains, in general) are! My hope is that one of these garments has inspired you to look for the unconventional! Grab that old cotton sheet, pop it in a dye bath and see what happens!