I’m so excited to show you this little tutorial!
Kelly and I have had these ready for a while, so it was hard to wait. This look is SUPER simple to put together. It’s just a simple skirt, styled to be “menswear”.
I bought wool suiting fabric to give it that menswear feel.
You’ve probably made a simple skirt before. Using a skirt that fits the child you’re making it for to gauge the size, cut a long rectangle and sew one side to make a tube. I don’t have a serger, so I sew one straight stitch and then go back over it with a zigzag to seal it up sturdy.
Next, you just hem the bottom and sew the top into a narrow tube for the elastic. Thread it through and sew up the open spots.
For the “suspenders”, I used vintage hem facing.
I liked the vintage hem facing for three reasons: using vintage supplies is eco-friendly, it was already cut into neat strips, and I liked the shine.
The edges were raw, so I sewed them up with fushia thread, just for fun.
I crossed them in back like real suspenders, pinned, and sewed them onto the skirt.
And now the boutineer, or boutonniere (depending on how fancy you are!).
Gather silk flowers and leaves.
I used fluid jersey knit to form a loose rose shape and hot glued it like crazy in the back.
I used green washi tape (Japanese masking tape) to wrap the ends like a florist would and then glued it to a metal pin back.
And done! Here’s my baby girl Gwyneth showing it off! She is so hilarious! I didn’t give her any direction at all and she just hammed it up.
For styling the shoot, I used a pair of thrifted eyeglasses that broke when I poked out the lenses (so I repaired them with hot pink washi tape–a little extra nerd pizazz!) and I also took a pair of her brother’s dress socks and cut the feet off to make Grandpa-style legwarmers. Love it!
Her brother’s hand-me-down dress shirt helped, too. : )
Smarty pants! She plays the part well.
Elizabeth : )