One of the sometimes challenging bits about raising my particular child is the fact that she pretty much refuses to wear pants. In situations where she is under parental pressure to be sensible, or when mosquito contact is likely be very high, she might give in. Otherwise, she is essentially all dresses and skirts, all the time. This fact, paired with the arrival of That Time of Year, means stitching up a few new skirts in preparation for the start of school. I saw this post from The Long Thread and got inspired to use some Echino ni-co to make up some new Lazy Days skirts.
The not-so-pink nature of this fabric was a definite gamble. I asked Phiona if she thought that Mariam would hate it and throw a fit. She said yes. However, we had not counted on the mitigating factor of the bicycle print. Bicycles are very exciting and cool at our house right now, so a bicycle skirt is all good, even if it is in blues and browns.
I also added this bit of red and white polka-dot bias tape to the bottom, instead of a fold-over hem. I cut the fabric a tiny bit short and didn't want to lose any length. This turned out to be a perfect solution and the finished skirt is just the right length. For now anyway. Apparently children grow a lot. I kept thinking how tiny the skirt seemed when I was making it, especially considering that my girl seems so very big to me these days. It would have been great to show you the skirt actually on the kid, but she wasn't really having any of that.
In other news, the winner of the wonky Mr. Rabbit-Meow is Tracy. I'll send an email along shortly to get your information, Tracy. And for the rest of you; do stay tuned because I suspect another animal giveaway will be coming along in the near future!