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Hi,

The weather has changed.  My daughter has grown out of her skirts and I don’t want to pay a fortune for tiny little new ones.  A project is born.

My projects need three qualities to stand a chance of being completed.  They’ve got to be:

  • quick
  • easy
  • cheap

Sewing skirts for three year olds fit the bill.

We chose the fabric at Buckingham’s quilting fabric shop The Nimble Thimble.  My daughter was in her element choosing fabric.

“I like pink…pink…pink…flowers…pink…chickens…babbits…Christmas trees…Christmas stockings…doggies…PUSSY TATS…LOOK!!! Mummy!! PUSSY TATS…I LOVE PUSST TATS…SPOTS…I LOVE SPOTS..”

She’s a fast worker with catholic taste.  She put a full 60 seconds into choosing more than ten different fabrics.   The special emphasis on the Robert Kaufman PUSSY TATS, a thick white cotton with a stylised black cat, was fine.  The lurid day-glo colour blindness test pattern Hi-Vis SPOTS was not.

While my daughter pushed bead ‘brothers’ around on the shop’s wire bead toy I dumped the Hi-Vis and chose a brown starry fabric and cream floral Elm Creek fabric for a contrasting frill and some pink zigzag bias binding.  We rode home on the bike.

The first part of the starry fabric frill skirt took no time but I was too lazy to make a double row of tacking to gather the frill.  It took twice as long fiddling around with millions of pins making sure the fabric was shared evenly along the hem of the skirt.  No clumpy frills for my precious daughter.    While I concentrated on smooth frill ruching and not swallowing pins, precious daughter made use of her unrestricted access to my sewing supplies and covered the entire downstairs in a realistic layer of soft toy stuffing ‘snow’.  Fast worker.

At last I finished and delightedly put it on my daughter.  She ran away shouting,

“I hate this skirt.  I didn’t choose this.  I chose a PUSSY TAT.”

At least she’d forgotten the Hi-Vis.

Half an hour later daughter put on the pussycat skirt and, as promised, loved it. Success!

Cost: £2.75 for the cat skirt, £5.50 for the starry frill skirt, £1.30 for the elastic. TOTAL  £9.55

Time: 2 1/2 hours including cycling into town to buy the fabric – excluding cleaning up ‘snow’

Ease: Yes, I did it.

Maybe she will grow to love the starry frill skirt too.

Back to filling up my shop with Victorian nightdresses and camisoles.

Good night

Catherine Xx

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 Choosing fabric at The Nimble Thimble

Making Skirts - ironing the seam allowance into  the hem before sewing www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – ironing the seam allowance into the hem before sewing http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - gatherine the fabric for the frill  www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – gathering the fabric for the frill http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - gathering the skirt frill www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – gathering the skirt frill http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - apportioning the gathered frill to the hem of the skirt.  www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – apportioning the gathered frill to the hem of the skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts - the frill being sewn to the starry fabric on the starry frill skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts – the frill being sewn to the starry fabric on the starry frill skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts - the frill being sewn to the starry fabric on the starry frill skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts – the frill being sewn to the starry fabric on the starry frill skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts - the frill added to the starry frill skirt   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts – the frill added to the starry frill skirt post pressing http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts - the frill added to the starry frill skirt   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts – the frill added to the starry frill skirt post pressing http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts - lining up the waistband on the starry frill skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts – lining up the waistband on the starry frill skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts - the fabric for the starry frill skirt   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sewing Skirts – the fabric for the starry frill skirt with the waistband elastic being threaded in. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the elastic waistband about to be  threaded in the starry frill skirt   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the elastic waistband about to be threaded into the waistband of the starry frill skirt http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the frill of the finished starry frill skirt   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the frill of the finished starry frill skirt http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the finished starry frill skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the finished starry frill skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the finished starry frill skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the finished starry frill skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - my runaway daughter modelling the finished starry frill skirt   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – my runaway daughter modelling the finished starry frill skirt http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Pressing the seam allowances of the cat fabric www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Pressing the seam allowances of the cat fabric http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

The trimming of the cat fabric www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

The trimming of the cat fabric http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the finished pussycat skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the finished pussycat skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the finished pussycat skirt.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the finished pussycat skirt. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts - the finished pussycat skirt modelled by my runaway daughter.   www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Making Skirts – the finished pussycat skirt modelled by my runaway daughter. http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

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