Thursday, 2 August 2012

Frills and flounces

The girls had a celebration at school during the week for having attended 100 days of school.
Of course they asked for something new to wear and of course, I obliged!

Headband flowers are the satin flower from Make it and Love it, easy and effective.

I picked this ruffled fabric up a while back at Spotlight because I've seen all sorts of great projects on the web using ruffled fabric but it's expensive to ship from the US because of the volume of it.

You can have the ruffles falling straight down or hanging in this curved/looped fashion as shown below.

I decided to make another of the full circle skirts from Dana of Made It.
That way I could get the ruffles to run in a variety of directions, some up and some down around the skirt.

This is a really full skirt that is light and 'fluffy'!
Cutting it for a full circle with the way this fabric is constructed means you are left with a few little untidy bits on the hem which bothered me at first.
It would be near impossible to hem this fabric but when the skirt is hanging it's the unevenness is not very noticeable at all.


This skirt is really good 'bang for your buck' sewing - it looks far more impressive, and difficult, than it is!

Two skirts and two headbands completed in one Olympics watching evening - not bad going.

Third skirt is on its way - cream with black edging - my local Spotlight store still had some in stock - luckily for me.

13 comments:

Cas said...

wow, very effective. reckon i could even do that !! hadnt noticed the hem until oyu pointed it out...but like you said, i dont think it matters at all. again, this is defo something i can do (detail not my strongest point)love the pink one :)

Maryanne said...

Gorgeous! I love the mix and match tops and bottoms for the girls. The ruffle fabric is fabulous.

thornberry said...

They look fantastic - the skirts as well as the girls! You were quite inspired to use that fabric in a circle skirt rather than a straight one.

bec said...

Nice! Very grown up looking girls! Dont you wish they'd slow down? where did you get their name necklaces from, by the way?

Cass said...

They look great. I've seen that at spotlight I might need to get some as we have the school disco coming up

nicole kane said...

oh wow they look great!
what a great effect :D

Nikki said...

Great work, Kaz - and the girls look fantastic in them.

Tanya said...

Gosh, Bec's got good eyes, I can't even tell that those necklaces have names on them...or is it that I have bad eyes...?! What a positive 'out of uniform' day- attending school celebration. Do all the prep kids have that together? J had sooo many days off in prep will poor heath- and in those days the front cover of their report said number of days absent, I forget what it was but said something like J has been absent for 25 of 80 days- I thought it was abit ridiculous and annoying! Outfits look ace, sigh, what lovely 'girly girls'...I bought my little farm kid "3/4 Jeggings" on Targets chuck out rack for $4.88- (yes, really, aren't those things weird!). She thinks she's very dressed up in them! Oh for a 'best dress'! or frilly skirt even. I am so retrained at not interfering though...maybe it's just a (very long) phase...

Annie said...

These skirts are great. Can you believe 100 days at school already...lucky beautiful girls

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

Karen they look great! My lot are on their summer vacation with month left to go so when I saw your 100 days it made me smile sometimes I forget I moved continents ;-)

Amy Grant said...

I love that fabric it is great. I love how it makes these skirts look girly and sweet without being too cutesy and OTT.

Miss-R would say that she likes the black skirt best because it looks like a spider web... shes into monsters at the moment... but only well dressed ones thank goodness!

Seaweed and Raine said...

They are absolutely gorgeous Karen! I've actually been acquainting myself with Dana's circle skirts this afternoon (just researching the options - you know?).

ingrid said...

Love these! I made a skirt for Kitty with this fabric but I just did it straight across, I love the way yours fall, they look fabulous!