Skirting the Issue Part 1 {or time to get my sew on!}

So, remember my Skirting the Issue fabric stash post of awhile back? Well we are supposed to have our skirts donated by August 10th. Like next Friday. Like a week form today. Last friday, I had a major cutting spree. I got 10 skirts and elastic cut just waiting for my sewing machine.

So a week later and a week left? I have two done.

I am having my rear handed to me by a class for the first time since I foolishly thought I should take chemistry in college. Its a workload that's leaps and bounds beyond anything that I've had since starting my MSW. Plus, its figuring out how to use a statistical software that isn't really my best buddy. So it's lots of yelling and very slow going. I'd much rather be sewing twenty plus hours a week and doing homework for two and a half. Can we work on that, please?

What, you didn't come to read my sob story about a mean class? Okay...okay....here's the skirts.

The good news is I have two skirts done. And I am smitten. And I bought a pair of pinking sheers the other day so now I won't have to spend so much time finishing all my seams. I'm sure I'll get the other eight done in time. I'm hoping to also bust out a couple of shirred t-shirt skirts from goodwill finds for older girls who won't think its cool to wear something with a cowgirl hat on it.

The first skirt's fabric is Riley Blake's Medium Chevron in Grey {There will be more of this fabric gracing this blog later this month!}. It was made using a tutorial that Melissa from Sew Like My Mom shared for Skirting the Issue.

However, instead of legging, there's bike shorts. I ended up using bike shorts because Target was out of all leggings. These bike shorts also happened to be on clearance for $1.50. Too lazy/busy to go to Old Navy, I decided to be thrilled with the $1.50. After finishing the skirt, I fell in love with the bike shorts. It keeps the little playground climber covered but still relatively cool. It's been over 100 for a week now with no end in sight. Cool is important. And, as someone who has spent a lot of time at preschool playgrounds {for work}, keeping the undies hidden helps keep teasing at bay.

This little skirt is just a really basic elastic waist skirt. The fabric is Samantha Walker's Saddle Up Main in Grey for Riley Blake.

Oh, and it comes with a matching pleated headband inspired by this tutorial from Jess at CINO. Really, it comes with a matching headband because the belt I had intended to attach failed. And I wasn't about to let my sewn tube go to waste!

Ok, I'm off to get my sew on!


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  1. Very cute! Love the Chevron pattern

  2. Love these skirts! I've been looking for a simple elastic band pattern!

  3. Thanks so much, Kara! Check out Dana's tutorial. It might help you out!


  4. I love the chevron skirt! I sew a lot of home decor items but I've never made clothes.

  5. Awesome! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

  6. Great idea to add the bike shorts underneath...

  7. I can never have enough cute skirt instructions for my two-year-old. I found yours from the i heart naptime linky party. Thanks for sharing. This is certainly worth pinning! If you want to see some skirts I've made for my daughter (and myself), you can visit me at thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com

  8. I really like the bike shorts! Perfect for a busy kid.

  9. Hey girl, We just moved to Texas from CA last year too! :) Such a cute idea too! We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes. I know our readers will love your ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  10. You are a featured favorite on this week's Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks again for sharing!
    Mackenzie :)