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I don’t usually sew clothing but when I saw the Annie’s Skirt Pattern by Quilt Story I thought it would look cute in our Hampton Hues Collection. So, I got brave enough to try and make it for my granddaughter.
I’m happy to report it was a success!
Isn’t that just the cutest thing you ever saw? Oh, and the skirt is pretty cute too!
The hardest part was trying to measure the waist and from the waist to the knee of a very active toddler. I erred on the side of “bigger is better” knowing she will just keep on growing.
It didn’t require any pattern pieces and was very easy to put together. I used the beautiful focal print from Hampton Hues for the simple side (I just realized I didn’t get any pictures of her wearing it reversed). Then I decided I wanted more variety than the pattern called for to make the patchwork pieces along the bottom of the other side. Instead of four different fabrics, I used quite a few of the supporting prints from Hampton Hues. This meant I had to cut each square and sew them together individually instead of using the strip method shown in the pattern. 2 1/2″ strips would work well for this project, or, if you want to cut each square as I did, you could use charm squares or even scraps from another project. For a very short while I entertained the idea of making my own ruffle for the bottom, but decided I should save that adventure for another time. Wouldn’t want to exhaust all the learning opportunities in a single go, right?
While making the skirt I tried out a new tool, the Hot Hemmer, and found it to be very useful for turning up the hem and ironing all at the same time. In fact, I like it so much I bought one for myself! And, since I had to hold the fabric in place while ironing, I also recommend using these Dritz Thermal Thimbles. They protected my fingers from the steam while I was pressing. After seeing how easily this skirt went together I’m pretty confident I’ll be making more.
Bye for now!