No Foolin’–I Made My First Reversible Skirt!
4.1.2014

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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!

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31 comments

  1. Jan Gardner - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

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

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  2. Stephanie Dunphy - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      Thanks Stephanie–always appreciate your encouragement!

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  3. Lisa Henry - April 1, 2014

    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 - April 2, 2014

      Thanks!

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  4. Joy - April 1, 2014

    That is stinking cute. :) great job!

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      Thank you :)

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  5. Ann - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

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

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  6. Jenni - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      Can’t disagree with you! :)

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  7. Karen Morrell Johnson - April 1, 2014

    Cute skirt – even more cute: granddaughter!

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      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 - April 1, 2014

    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 - April 2, 2014

      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 - April 1, 2014

    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 - April 2, 2014

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

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  10. Kim - April 1, 2014

    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 - April 2, 2014

      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 - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      Go for it! :)

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  12. Shannon - April 1, 2014

    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 - April 2, 2014

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

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  13. Amanda Best - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      Thank you! It was fun.

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  14. Katrina - April 1, 2014

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

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

      Thanks Katrina!

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  15. Sue Terpin - April 1, 2014

    Gorgeous Laraine. Great job.

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    • Laraine - April 2, 2014

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

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  16. Barbara - April 6, 2014

    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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