my take on the very biased skirt

i did it! i did it!  no big dill’s very biased skirt!  yay!!!

i saw the tutorial some time ago, and been wanting to make it.  and since my niece’s birthday is coming up, i thought it would be a perfect skirt to make (she is turning 9 soon) i used light cotton and opted not to go for those nice sheers.  let’s just say my niece is a little ermm… “active” so a more durable material will do better 😉  i used the same fabric as the one i used to make lil j’s duffle bag – i love the motif – kites and balloons… things that go… so free spirited…

the result?? not too bad i guess.  well, i actually like it very much.  and i especially liked that i do not have to apply finishing technique for the edges…

my version of no big dill's biased skirt. i made the a-line skirt with batiste lawn, and inserted elastic on the back of the skirt, just as in the original tutorial.

this is one skirt i’ll probably attempt again in the future, hopefully with organza or some sheer materials…

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things  Ecclesiastes 11:5

…j

new petticoat to match my boots

yippie! i finally bought a pair of knee length boots.  then i saw this tutorial.  and i knew i just had to make a skirt/petticoat like that for myself!  so i did.

i made the skirt from an old blouse which has a big tear on one of the sleeves (and beyond repair).  i love the material because it was really soft and stretchy.  so i cut the top off, and made an elastic casing for the waist.  it was not long enough, so i lengthen it with some muslin.  as for the ruffles, i hem the edges of each one, and then i just sew them on to the skirt.  easy-peasy lemon-squeezy (i learnt this phrase from reading ‘charlie and lola’ to lil j!  and i love it!

my new skirt and new boots 🙂

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.  Malachi 3:10

…j

 

another one for the girls! yay!

another niece (S) is turning 4 in a couple of day!  that got me busy.  and this time, i attempted something much more girlie – a tutu!  every girl has to own one, no?  so i hope little princess S will be proud to be wearing the twirly skirt for her party… and it is completed with a felted crown too!

satin elastic casing and matching ruffles at the bottom. hopefully it fits my other niece who is also many plane-hours away.

a crown befitting a little princess. made with felt with elastic band for a better fit

happy birthday princess S!

So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.  Galatians 4:7

…j

sewing for girls

if lil j was a girl, i’d probably be already making all sort of dresses and fancy outfit for her daily!  but well, he is a boy.  so my attempts at sewing for girls are minimal (and boring).  so far.

made this A-line pinafore after having started sewing for 2 weeks and a little.  it was for my niece, A.  (we are many plane-hours away so it was quite a feat for a then 2 week old sewer)  regardless, i got a pattern from a book for 2T (A was turning 4) so i had to use the best of my imagination (and i guess some common sense) to come out with a simple dress.  it fit.  not particularly well, but it did fit.

my first ever dress. it was a simple pattern, the only challenge was to apply the bias tape - i later came to know that i did it kind of the wrong way, but well, it still turned out pretty decent. and birthday girl was pleased 🙂

then, i wanted to urmm.. practise some more, and also because i would love to make something for A’s elder sister (W) as well, i sew some more girl’s outfit.  a pleated skirt for W, and a set of halter top with a simple skirt (again) for A – making full use of my 1 metre.

the fabric was simply gorgeous, so i just made a real simple pleated skirt for W (8T)

started only with the skirt. but since there was a piece of fabric left after making the other skirt, i just piece the leftover together to make the halter top.

not much real work for these since there were such simple patterns.  but those were my firsts.  hopefully something more sophisticated might come out one day 😛

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  Luke 11:9-10

…j