Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of the day, I’ve been up to a lot of Mommy and Me business this week. First up is DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt.
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DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt
I’m really making more of an effort to have make more skirts. It’s hard to deny how polished you look in them. DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt caught my eye when it first came out with its asymmetrical wrap feature and ties. Daniela really has great style, and her patterns all seem to feature some really cool detail, and the wrap is that detail for this!
I made it up in a mint ponte. The pattern calls for the wrap pieces to be sewn from a layer of self fabric and of interfacing, turned, and topstitched. I wasn’t sure about the interfacing. Perhaps in a stretch woven (another choice for the pattern), it would be possible to use a sew-in interfacing like muslin. I just treated a second layer of ponte from scraps of this turquoise zebra print I had leftover from another project as a lining.
Typically, I cut the zebra the wrong way out on one side. Rather than keeping it as the lining I intended, I turned it into a design feature. Why not fuse asymmetry with color blocking while I’m at it?
Twee circle skirt
I made a matching circle skirt for baby girl from more scraps. I added tiny pockets that I bound along with the waistband with foldover elastic. This little baby skirts are absurdly fast to make and take like zero fabric. I think it took me 30 minutes, and I was dithering. Focused Elizabeth could make one in 10 minutes. This will not be the last one for her!
Mother’s Day Aprons
As I said yesterday in my apron retrospective, some of my earlier memories are with my Mom and my Gram in the kitchen working away. We’ve always been a baking/cooking family, and my boys love helping me. Their aprons have been getting too small for some time, so what with The Monthly Stitch’s Amazing Aprons theme this month, I whipped up a batch of new aprons for them.
I used this tutorial on Craftsy for the kids’ aprons. It fits my two younger boys just fine, but my oldest will need another bigger size. The Wizard of Oz print will be for my daughter when she gets bigger. The cow print is Marimekko, the cars and the Wizard of Oz are both Japanese canvas. I lined all of them with random bits and bobs. The aprons are all reversible. This was a great stashbusting project.
Vintage Simplicity 6808
My apron I made from vintage Simplicity 6808. I found this home dec fabric on the $2/lb table at Colorado Fabrics one day and knew it’d make a great apron. I bought the pattern a while back when I was making this apron for UpCraftClub.
My article deadline came for the apron, and the pattern hadn’t made it to me in the mail. Since then, the pattern has been sitting in my bedroom where I had forgotten about it. In the process of decluttering a bit, I decided that the time for the pattern was NOW.
I sewed it up pronto, adding some striped bias tape I made from a bit of lilac shirting. I’m totally in love with the big deep pockets and wrap around style. This will be a great apron for gardening!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day! How do you celebrate the day in your sewing?
Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing. She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page’s Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker’s Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines. She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she’s playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.