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honeyspoon
« on: July 21, 2007 08:08:38 PM »

I made this skirt as a birthday gift for my very cool and very girly 2 year old friend Julia. It started as a thrift store dress I found years ago but could never quite fit into. I had no idea what I was going to turn it into but was shooting in the general direction of a skirt. It turned out better than I imagined it would considering my amateur seamstress status and the lack of a final vision...  AND IT ACTUALLY FITS HER!!! Unfortunately I have no photos of her in it just yet but my son was more than happy to be my human dress form. His waist is the same size as hers but she's quite a bit taller so it fits her as a mid-calf lenght skirt. She loves to pick up acorns so I preserved the original pocket which is giant for a 2 year old girl... giant enough to fit a bushel and a peck of acorns. The trim is from a shirt of my boyfriend's as is the material for the applique.

Before the transformation:

My cross dressing son:

The finished version:

Flower close-up:


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cheytown
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2007 08:32:27 PM »

wow! that is sooo soooo sooooo freakin' adorable! you did an amazing job. i love all the creative touches - really special. (my husband was just now looking over my should and he says, "wow. that's very cute.")
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2007 05:38:36 AM »

That is so cute -- great recon!
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Caine
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2007 07:30:26 AM »

great re con! I am confused about "acorn pocket" Also, did you hand stitch the embroidery around flower? It is quite sweet.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2007 08:05:59 AM »

great re con! I am confused about "acorn pocket" Also, did you hand stitch the embroidery around flower? It is quite sweet.

is the mystery pocket in the side seam? i was looking for it too!
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honeyspoon
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2007 10:22:03 AM »

great re con! I am confused about "acorn pocket" Also, did you hand stitch the embroidery around flower? It is quite sweet.

is the mystery pocket in the side seam? i was looking for it too!
Yes. I couldn't really capture it in the photo but it is an inner pocket in the side seem. I used to love collecting stuff in my pockets when I was little, it made me feel BIG. I was hoping for this same result with her.
As for the flower... yes I hand stitched the "embroidery"... had no idea what I was doing. I have never embroidered a thing or read anything about it but I used embroidery floss that I found at a garage sale (which I thought was friendship bracelet making string at the time haha) and used a stitching technique that I  thought I came up with on my own but when it was done it looked an awful lot like embroidery so I got really excited and went and bought an embroidery ring so I can learn correctly. As for the red stitching on the outside, it's just plain old quilting thread. I thought it needed a touch of red and I wanted it to have kind of a rough edge so I opted out from the floss and did a loose, crooked, playful stitch.
Thanks for the sweet words. Yall make a new sewer feel like a pro!
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2007 07:02:53 PM »

Its lovely!  I like the tie-waist and flower applique. 
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honeyspoon
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2007 08:30:06 AM »

Its lovely!  I like the tie-waist and flower applique. 
Thanks! I figure the drawstring was a good idea since I didn't have her here for exact measurements. And so that she can wear it longer than a couple of weeks.
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Caine
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2007 10:38:50 PM »

little pockets full of acorns! Is that an acorn pocket? The embroidery is so sweet -- hard to imagine you are a beginner. But there you are!
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