Saturday, February 27, 2010

Twirly skirts, birthday hats and initial tees

Contrary to popular belief, I don't spend all day crocheting. In fact, I've been on a sewing kick lately. I made this little outfit for Madeline's 2nd birthday. The shirt is just a simple fabric applique with a crochet (okay, so maybe I can't get away from it!) flower and fabric covered button. I used this tutorial for the twirly skirt. It was a LOT of material for such a little skirt, so it was super "twirly" and with the petticoat underneath it stood out like it had a hoop under it.

She loved it.

The fabric birthday hats were another easy project. I loosely used this tutorial, but skipped the interfacing. You could sort of see the hat pattern through some of the lighter fabrics, but not enough to justify me making a special run to the store for interfacing.

Here's another inital tee. These are such a fun, easy way to dress up a plain 'ole t-shirt. In fact, they are so much fun to make, you may see them in the shop soon.
The twirly skirt was a fun project too - so I decided to make another set for Maddie's little cousin. They were born a day (yup, a day!) apart, so her birthday party was right after my little Peanut's. This skirt went much faster. I cut back on some of the material and I think it came out a little better. Of course, she may be a day younger, but she's a foot taller (okay, not a foot, but she's TALL), so that's probably why this one falls better. And this fabric. Oh, how I love this fabric! It's Amy Butler, Water Boquet in Mint, I believe...

The fabric flower was designed by yours truly...and I think I like it better than the crochet one. I'm sure it will wash better, and it's another oppurtunity to use coordinating fabric, which is just plain fun. I think I've said "fun" at least 27 times in this post. I can't help it, sewing and little projects like this are just fun. Anyone want to help me with some synonyms?

If I can't figure out how to make a pattern, I'll post a tutorial for the fabric flower soon.

So that's what I've been up too. just made another delivery yesterday, so I'm excited to carve out a few hours to work on some fun t-shirts for the shop. Wouldn't they be cute with a number for a birthday party?


  1. I've made a set of shirts like these for my friend who was having a baby. I made a shirt for each of her boys. The oldest one's said "1." The middle child's said "2" and the baby's said "3."

  2. How absolutely fun! My little girls would go wild for all of it. I'm so impressed with your creations!

  3. Adorable! I love it! .. Those hats are so cute.. my daughter just said MOMMY I want one like that , she is 4 :)