I ordered some Kaufman Carolina Chambray for only $6.50 a yard on fabric.com. (Whenever I order from Fabric.com I also google discount codes and almost always find one for at least 10% off. ) I knew I could make two Lazy Days skirts from one yard of chambray. That meant each skirt would cost just over $3 to make! Pretty slick.
I started with Evie's skirt first.
About 9 months ago, the elastic brand at our local big box craft store changed. When I made these pajama pants last fall, the elastic twisted. I also had to open them up and tighten the elastic because my normal formula (waist measurement minus 1 inch) was way too loose. This time, I tried the skirt on the girls first (and had to tighten the elastic by about 4 inches!). I edgestitched near the top of the casing before inserting the elastic to prevent the elastic from rolling. That's a tip I picked up from Oliver + S somewhere, but I can't remember where.
Rather than finishing the skirt with a ribbon hem, I made a wide hem and triple stitched it in red thread.
I wanted to make the skirt a little more unique, but I didn't want it to be so dramatic that it would limit which shirts I could pair with it. As I was sewing the hem, I wondered if I may have been subconsciously influenced by this skirt? That's definitely possible.
Here's my girl Evie playing Dominoes in her new skirt.
I love simple chambray everything! So cute. $3? You show 'em!ReplyDelete
I love that waistband trick too - I know that *I* learned it from the Sketchbook Shorts pattern. Have you made that one?
I am really picky about elastic. For waistbands, I prefer a pretty hard, firm elastic that doesn't stretch too much. But for wrists, the softer and lighter the better.
$3 each. Wow! Very nicely done!ReplyDelete
I love when sewing actually does save you money! :) This is so cute and sweet on Evie- and the triple stitch is perfection.ReplyDelete
Yeah, in general I do not sew for thrift - though I do believe most of the clothes I make end up being a good value, even if they aren't as inexpensive as discount store brands. Often those brands don't last us a single season. I do believe you get what you pay for (in general)! Hopefully, in this case, that won't be true! ;)Delete
Love that triple stitch detail! It's those handmade, personal details that make sewing so much fun:) You are rocking the Lazy Days skirt - love it in the chambray too! And it's even more of a win when you can create such a cute garment so inexpensively!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Lucinda. You say the nicest things! :)Delete
I keep thinking of how I could make one of these that was a skort without too much trouble - still thinking it through!ReplyDelete