Sunday, August 16, 2015

Running Stitch Used to Decorate a Child's Vest

Today, I've been working on my latest project for the "Project Run and Play August Challenge".  This sewing challenge involves hand embroidery. I just made this cute little vest and I am using the running stitch to create rows of interlocking hearts.
It's a simple little stitch and is usually one of the first stitches learned by a beginner.   I may add another whipped stitch layer...I haven't quite decided.

In many ways, I just like the simplicity of the stitch...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ruffled Jean Skirt for Pre-Teen

  I created this skirt is for a pre-teen that wears a lot of the color black and likes her skirts to ride lower on her hips.  The ruffle material is a polyester and rayon blend that feels so soft.

This skirt is for the Skirting the Issue project in which bloggers across America are sewing and donating skirts to girls that are part of the foster care program.

As I've been sewing skirts for young girls in the foster care program, my hope is that they will realized that someone is thinking of them and hoping that they will become part of a protective family that will care about them.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

One Ruffle Repurposed Jean Skirt

Here's another one of my ruffle jean skirts, with only one ruffle,
  that I created to donate to
 girls in the foster care program.    
It is for a little girl that wears a size Toddler 2. 

My inspiration was this darling Eric Carle print fabric inspired by the book, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See"
Polar Bear Dots Fabric

I cut a horizontal strip to create a boarder print ruffle for the jeans skirt. In fact, I cut 2 matching strips to make the full gathered strip added to the jean yoke. 

 If you want to make this skirt, here are some links to the different blog posts that show you, with written instructions and photos, how to make the skirt.

Creating the jean pants yoke for the skirt

Making the Flowers 

Using a Printable Step-by- Step Chart to Calculate How to Cut Out Your Ruffles and Connecting Pieces, Regardless of the Size of Skirt (You will be able to click on the provided chart to take you to my Google Drive. Then  you can print a copy of the chart for yourself.)

Sewing the Ruffles and Connecting Tiers to the Skirt Yoke

 Sewing the Flowers to the Skirt

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