My daughter had her bff over for a sleep over and wanted to do some crafty stuff. How could I complain? So after their early netball game, (no mother should have to try and get a child to the courts by 8.30am) we went of to the bead shop. I told them they could choose enough beads to make themselves a bracelet each. But it was 9.45 and the store didn't open until 10! Did I tell you I hate waiting? I voted for going home and using beads from my plentiful bead stash, but I just about had a mutiny on my hands. Just around the corner is a fabric store that I hadn't been in for 12 months, for various reasons. We went in to kill time, I was having a ball looking at all the lovely new Amy Butler stuff they had, and meeting the new owner who was very nice. Anyway, the girls decided that they wanted to sew something instead. My daughter (who is 8yo ) has already made herself a skirt and a summer dress with a little help from me, and so it was decided that we would give her buddy a lesson on the sewing machine and she could make a skirt. So then we had to choose the fabric.......eventually hearts were set on a bejewelled pink tulle and there was no convincing of an alternative. So we bought a metre and a metre of cotton drill. By then the bead shop was open and we spent another goodly amount of time and money in there.
Hometime and the girls decided they would roller skate as it was lovely outside. I said, what about the skirt? "oh, I don't really feel like making it anymore" says the friend. I could have gone on about how you can't say something and retract it, but hell it was going to be much quicker if I just did it myself. And I didn't really want so much pink in my already overflowing stash. So I did.
I cut a rectangle from the drill to make a yoke, then gathered the tulle and drill to it, turned the top over and added elastic, used my rolled hem for both hems. I think it is very cute, although in my opinion probably better suited to a younger girl, a bit too fairy princess for me.
Anyway, here is is, the skirt that nearly wasn't: