Yearly Archives: 2011

12.25.11The Vivienne Skirt & Giveaway–closed

I wanted to make sure I had a post up my sleeve in case one of my 12 days went awry. I have been dying to make the Vivenne Skirt by Violette Fields Threads:

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to not only make it but giveaway the pattern!

I somehow talked two of my nieces into modeling the skirts for me in below freezing temperatures:

I LOVE this skirt pattern!!!!

This girls were so cute with Evie, trying to get her to smile in the cold

The  skirt itself was quiet easy. I have decided that in the future I am going to make an underskirt that is separate from the top so that the top simply wraps over the ruffles. The ruffle bottom took longer then I would like to make over and over.

The girls told me they thought they were “super cute” which is a stamp of approval for me ha!

Eive on the other hand striped down as usual as quickly as possible. I thought having some of the older nieces she idolizes so much wear the same thing would help.. but no ha!

If you would like to try out the Vivienne Skirt, leave a comment on this post letting me know the highlight of your Christmas day and you will be entered!

Merry Christmas! Cheers!


PS I will be taking the next little while off. We are finally moving ahhh!!!!

12 Days in Review & Winners!

It’s here!! I hope you are having a fabulous and very blessed Christmas! I hope that sometimes during the hustle and bustle you are able to take a moment and quietly contemplate the true meaning of the holiday. I know this year I have had to make a concerted effort not to get caught up in all the commericialism. This time last year I was on a tiny island where the average person made less then 100 dollars a year and there wasn’t a “store” in sight. It was much easier to focus on the truly important aspects of the holiday, our saviors birth and life, my wonderful family and the infinite number of blessings I have received. Merry Christmas!! 

Hasn’t this been a fun series?? I am telling you there are some ladies in this blogging world that could really kick Martha Stewarts bootie if you ask me…. or at least should be on her staff ha! Just a quick review and announcement of the winners:

First Day of Christmas: Glasgow Skirt

Second Day of Christmas: Oliver & S Giveaway


I commented on your post about the sweet little red coat. I’ve always loved Oliver + S patterns but never tried one! Maybe today is my lucky day!

Mandy, Merry Christmas!! Please email me with your address by January 2, 2012 😉

Third Day of Christmas: Simple Simon & Co.

Fourth Day of Christmas: Schwin & Schwin

Fifth Day of Christmas: Delia Creates

Sixth Day of Christmas: MADE’s Giveaway

Winner #1: JANA

I have had my eye on the can can skirt for a long time! Boy, would I love to win the pattern!! Her simple skirt and hobo bag tutorials are my go-to patterns for quick kid gifts, and I have several shirts waiting to be used for her shirt dress tutorial.

Winner #2: BONNIE

I love Dana’s market skirt tutorial (and well, just about every other tutorial she has). She always makes it so strait forward and easy to understand.
I don’t love to wear skirts/dresses, but my 2 year old daughter loves them. So I’m pretty sure she’d wear that skirt just about everywhere–lol! Thanks.

Winner #3: ALECIA

My favorite Dana tutorial is the shirt dress!! I have the directions memorized and can’t wait to make these out of my husbands old shirts for my daughter. I also like making new shirts for my son out of my husbands old tees. This a GREAT way to save money and be crafty! I love her ideas! And would love to make the can can skirt for my daughter she would wear it for New Years, it would be perfect!

Winner #4  Stephanie MItchell

I love Dana’s stuff (I secretly just spent an hour looking over some posts I’d missed and dreaming of the day I might have time to make all the cute stuff I saw). My daughter’s first birthday is coming up in 3 weeks, and I’ve been wanting something super cute for her to wear…and I think I just found it :) That skirt would be perfect!!

Merry Christmas Ladies!!! PLease email me so that I can have Dana send over your pattern! 

Seventh Day of Christmas: Kojo Designs

Eighth Day of Christmas: Shabby Apple Giveaway

Winner:  ABBY

I love shabby Apple Skirts, and free shabby skirts are even better ha! I love Christmas music.

Merry Christmas Abby!! Please be sure to email me with your size and address by January 2nd or I will have pick another winner. 

Ninth Day of Christmas: Katy of No Big Dill

Tenth Day of Christmas: I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Susan from Living With Punks

Twelth Day of Christmas: Shannon from Luv In The Mommyhood skirt Round Up

Thank you so much to all the lovely ladies who participated in this fun series. There is no way I could have done the 12 days of Christmas this year with out you!



Twelth Day of Christmas: Shannon from Luv In The Mommyhood

Ummm what can I say, it’s Christmas Eve. I am so sorry this post is so late. But I am sure ya’ll have been just as crazy busy today as I have and are just now getting a moment yourself! Thankfully this is an awesome post! Shannon from Luv In The Mommyhood is here! Shannon was the first blogger to ever ask me to be  a guest. She has been so patient with me over the year as I approached her with all my silly blogging questions. She is a wonderful momma, knitter, and the round up queen! Which is what she has in store for us today:

i love a good roundup & a good battle over on my luvinthemommyhood comfy sews vs cozy knits archive blog – versus!  so when kelly asked me to come over and do a roundup for her “12 skirts of christmas” theme i thought what better to post than the match between knit skirts and sewn skirts! love it!  so grab your needles, yarn and thread and get ready to battle it out.  and stay tuned…our 2012 edition will be coming soon filled with all the fabulous skirts that have been made since this was posted in the summer – i can’t wait!  so which side of the ring are you on?

let the battle begin…ding…ding…ding…

happy sewing & knitting ladies! may you all enjoy a pants free winter! and thank you kelly for having me!  this was such a fun idea! i need to get making some skirts asap!  wishing you a wonderful and merry holiday season!

so……which skirt will you be making first – knit or sewn?

Thank you so much Shannon!!! I love going to Luv in the Mommyhood for inspiration and now you know why! I hope you have a lovely Christmas Eve and we see you back here tomorrow for my Christmas Day Skirt.



12.23.11Eleventh Day of Christmas: Susan from Living With Punks

Our fabulous guest today is Susan from Living with Punks. I adore Susans blog for so many reasons, her fun snarky commentary, her crazy twin boys and darling little girl, oh and her fabulous tutorials!:
(Mark my words this floor cushion is number one on my to do list and WILL be made when we get settled after the move next week)
Oh my word think of the patience this pillow would take!
Susan will be competing in this season of Project Run and Play. I am not going to lie I am very excited to once again sit back and watch the wonderfulness that is this competition without the gut wrenching stress it induces ha! Susan has a perfect quick skirt tutorial for us!
Thanks to Kelly for having me over to play!  I’m Susan from Living with Punks, and I love to make stylish decor for my home and sew clothes for my punks.  I blog about that and everything in between! Come visit sometime!
Ever have a store-bought skirt that fits you just right and you wish you had a dozen in every color?  That’s the way I felt when I bought a cheap skirt this past summer at Target.  Tried it on at home, and LOVED it!  The fit, the fabric, everything just worked. 
So, I set out to make my own!


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I snagged this awesome ruffle fabric at Joann’s and new it was destined to be the base of my newest endeavor.
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Here’s how you make one:

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Grab the skirt you love and find the seams on the side.  Place it right on your fabric on top of your cutting mat, making sure your seams are straight on the sides.  Also, bend down the waistband to find the top seam.  You will be cutting all around these seams. 

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Using your rotary cutter, cut around the entire skirt leaving a seam allowance to your liking.  Mine was 1/4”.

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Here is the skirt all cut….now on to the waistband

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Using the waistband from the skirt, follow the curves and cut out the pieces, again making sure to add seam allowances on all the sides.

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Here is the waistband finished and ready to go

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Attach the waistband to the top of the skirt and sew in place

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Have fun making more…and stay stylish and comfy!


Thanks for having me Kelly! 
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Alright folks! We have got Christmas Eve tomorrow!!! That means a fabulous post from Shannon over at Luv in the Mommyhood! And yes, you better come back on christmas whether it be on your new computer, ipad, ipod or other device because I have a big last skirt post to share!

12.22.11Tenth Day of Christmas: Cheri & I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

If you have boys and love to craft then Cheri’s blog I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is an absolute MUST. While I wrack my brain for a single boy tutorial Cheri is spinning fantastic ones out on a weekly basis!
Her little boys are down right adorable and I love following all of their adventures.
I also love that Cheri has a set schedule that she does an amazing job sticking to. I think that would add so much lovely structure to the blog but I just don’t have the discipline.  Her Wake Up Wednesday is a personal favorite:
Today she brings some sunshine into our dreary winter day with a darling skirt!
Hi!  I’m Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.  While I usually do a lot of boys crafting, it’s fun to have a reason to do a girly project.  For my skirt I decided to do a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while.
You see, I have an awesome sister-in-law who gave me a couple of bags full of used clothing to craft with.  In it were a couple of Hawaiian shirts from her husband.  I thought it would be fun to turn one of them into a skirt for their almost two-year-old daughter.
So I ironed the shirt and cut off the bottom 10 inches to make a little skirt.  I was really lucky the the hem of the shirt was straight so I was able to keep it, making the whole project a lot faster.

I sewed a basting stitch and gathered the top.  I sewed my elastic to the size of her waist and pinned it to the skirt before sewing it together.  I used a zigzag stitch, so the skirt will be able to stretch.


Then I took two tank tops and created a freezer paper stencil.  If you’ve never done freezer paper stenciling you have to try it.  It’s super fun.  (You can find my video tutorial on how to do it HERE.)

Since the tanks were super stretchy I decided to use fabric markers instead of fabric paint.  I colored them in, trying to color in the ribbing well.

Lastly, I decided to make a funny, second top to go with it.  My sister helped me and we were laughing through the whole process.

Here’s the back.

But she can wear the conservative top when she wants too.  Every girl needs options :)

And that’s it.  It’s an entire outfit made from upcycled clothing, which in this case, has a fun meaning to the receiver.  Thanks for having me Kelly.

Thanks so much Cheri, you have me dreaming of warm Hawaiian beaches!

See you tomorrow!