It is cute, it fits and it hasn’t fallen apart in the wash.
And most importantly little P loves it.
Honestly she does.
It's just post-nap blues.
While I was on a roll I made a mini version for Tiger too. He’s man enough to pull it off.
I have to admit I am a complete technophobe and am a little bit frightened of my sewing machine. I bought it five years ago and I haven’t touched it until now. It spent four years under the bed in the guest room then another year relegated to the garage.
I waited for a visit from my mum (who is a fantastic sewer) then armed with cups of tea we finally took the machine out of its box, got it threaded up and good to go.
For my first project I wanted something really easy: no zips, no buttonholes, no pleats or darts or tucks. I settled on a simple cotton skirt with an elasticated waistband. My mum couldn't stick around, so I got much needed help and inspiration from these fantastic tutorials; Dana at Made has a really clear and detailed simple skirt tutorial and at Oliver + S there are instructions for a pretty ribbon trimmed lazy days skirt.
Literally all you need is a rectangle of fabric, some elastic, the ability to sew in a straightish line and you’re away. There is just one seam down the back, a simple waistband and a hem along the bottom and that's it. I used a Japanese cotton of Red Riding Hood and the Three Bears. I think they got their fairytales a little confused.
I was all set to do zigzag stitch along the raw edge of my hem to prevent fraying but for some reason it kept rucking up. I looked it up and it’s called tunnelling. Apparently my tension may have been to blame.
I settled on pinking the seam edges instead. Well just on one side as I very cunningly incorporated the selvedge (woven finished edge) into my seam.
I admit I did mess up on the length. I think I used too much fabric on the waistband, so the skirt ended up a little short.
But I remedied it by adding some broderie anglaise to the bottom. Phewee!
My stitching was a little wonky, the waistband a tad bulky and for some reason I found it almost impossible to breathe and sew at the same time, but all in all I am ridiculously proud of myself. And the highest accolade little P refers to it as her "princess skirt".