No Foolin’–I Made My First Reversible Skirt!

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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!

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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.

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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 pattern2 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?

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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!

Larbyefornow

Larwalkingwithgrandpa


31 responses to “No Foolin’–I Made My First Reversible Skirt!”

  1. Jan Gardner Says:
    04/01/2014 6:51 am

    What a great pattern! It shows off the fabrics beautifully…and it’s obviously comfortable too!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:10 am

      Yes, she played in it and didn’t mind at all.
      Thanks!

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  2. Stephanie Dunphy Says:
    04/01/2014 7:22 am

    Nothing says adorable like a frilly skirt and sneakers. Cute as a bug and I love Hampton Hues.

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:11 am

      Thanks Stephanie–always appreciate your encouragement!

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  3. Lisa Henry Says:
    04/01/2014 7:34 am

    She is just the CUTEST thing ever! That skirt is darling, I can hardly wait for Mike and Shavonne to have me some adorable grandbabies that I can sew for, too! Beautiful job, Laraine =)

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:11 am

      Thanks!

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  4. Joy Says:
    04/01/2014 8:01 am

    That is stinking cute. :) great job!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:11 am

      Thank you :)

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  5. Ann Says:
    04/01/2014 8:33 am

    So cute! Great photos and fun project. Love the fabrics and that the skirt is reversible. Lucky little girl!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:12 am

      Thanks! I think we’re pretty lucky to have her too.

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  6. Jenni Says:
    04/01/2014 9:09 am

    I love everything about this post! Both the skirt and your granddaughter are the cutest things ever!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:13 am

      Can’t disagree with you! :)

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  7. Karen Morrell Johnson Says:
    04/01/2014 9:40 am

    Cute skirt – even more cute: granddaughter!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:14 am

      Thanks Karen! I think she’s pretty cute but I know I’m biased! Really enjoying this grandparent thing ;)

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  8. Joan Hansen Says:
    04/01/2014 9:58 am

    Mrs. Crump would be so proud of you. You have become quite the seamstress. (My sewing machine collects dust most of the time but is only used for craft projects once in a great while.)

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:17 am

      HaHaHa! Was thinking about how clothes are so not my thing–even back then in school. When I got interested in quilting I didn’t even have a sewing machine. Now I have 2 and just got a serger.

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  9. Maria Laurence Says:
    04/01/2014 10:01 am

    So Cute. Making a reversible skirt is a great idea. Need to order more fabric and make my Grand daughter one too. With a pocket.

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:18 am

      Ooh…pockets for special treasures are a great idea! Have fun.

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  10. Kim Says:
    04/01/2014 11:04 am

    Your granddaughter is so stinkin’ cute. Love her to pieces. The skirt is darling and I’m proud of you! Great project.

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:20 am

      Aww…thanks Kim…we love her too. So hard not to spoil her. Thanks for the encouragement. Love you!

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  11. Anita Says:
    04/01/2014 1:55 pm

    So Cute, I want one for me. I just love Hampton Hues.

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:20 am

      Go for it! :)

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  12. Shannon Says:
    04/01/2014 3:06 pm

    cute and cute!! that is my fave print from the collection. hoping someone will post a sundress in these fabrics!! (BJ are you listening? ;o)

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:21 am

      Thanks! If you make a sundress be sure to share a picture!

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  13. Amanda Best Says:
    04/01/2014 4:04 pm

    Simply adorable, granddaughter and her cute skirt. Great job, Laraine!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:22 am

      Thank you! It was fun.

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  14. Katrina Says:
    04/01/2014 6:33 pm

    Absolutely adorable, Laraine!! She’s just the cutest!

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:25 am

      Thanks Katrina!

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  15. Sue Terpin Says:
    04/01/2014 6:53 pm

    Gorgeous Laraine. Great job.

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    • Laraine Says:
      04/02/2014 5:27 am

      Thanks Sue–I blame you, you know! First zippers, now clothes…who knows where it will end!

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  16. Barbara Says:
    04/06/2014 11:24 pm

    I’m a little late to the party..tho ‘have to agree with all the above comments. “She is soo adorable in her special outfit. A real beauty! You did well Granma..

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