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The tutorial for the Wrap Around Skirt is still available, for free, but it has moved. You can find it on the sidebar of my new blog under Free Tutorials!

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The tutorial is the most involved one I’ve done to date. I need to do some more calculating for some of the details, but I have most of the instructions written out, and I think I finally have all the pictures taken. I was missing some shots so I decided to make another skirt. I however, did not have any more of that fabric, so I decided to use the scraps from the baby’s skirt to make one for her doll. The doll is from Haba, and while it is made in China the quality is very high, including the adorable embroidered face.

The tutorial will not be done for a couple more days, but I am working on it.

Photo of the day. I’ve been trying to fiddle with the depth of field when taking pictures. I wanted to have the plant in focus and the background out of focus. I think I did it! Now for the ability to do it every time I want to, instead of taking a bunch and getting one that works. But that’s what the challenge is for, right? Practice and pushing yourself to do it. So I will keep trying, but for now, here is a little Cabbage…in focus.

Cabbage: Day 6

Progress on that adorable dress. The back is almost done, and I have now used 2 skeins of yarn. If you want more information about this ruffled dress, you can check out the first post I made about it, or the pictures of when I had completed 1 skein of yarn. This yarn is knitting up so nicely. It drapes beautifully.

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I have been working on Car Catch-alls for my Etsy store today, so I don’t have much to show. Though I did find a great online tutorial for making your own bias tape. The page is obviously made with quilters in mind and discusses the reason to use bias vs straight edge tape on your quilt, so if you are interested, read, if not scroll down to the instructions. Very similar to the process that Amy Karol uses in her book Bend the Rules Sewing, which I have really enjoyed.

The sweater I talked about yesterday was made from a pattern in the Debbie Bliss book, Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies and Toddlers using Princess Yarn from Classic Elite Yarns. I believe the color is Proud Peacock, but I’m not sure. I do love the yarn. It’s lovely to knit with and so comfy to wear. The baby really enjoyed her sweater now that I added the tie in the front. I simply made two I cords and sewed them to the front. I love I cords. I think I’ve mentioned that before. I am working on the instructions for the skirt. I have them written out, now I need to make a second while taking pictures to be sure I wrote it right and to have images to accompany the words for the visual among us.

Here is my “Model on the Run”. I did actually manage to take a picture of her looking more sweet baby model-like, but this one is far better.

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I designed a wrap around and reversible skirt for the baby. I wore a skirt today, which is not something I usually do, especially this time of year. Jeans are more my thing. But, I came out of my room wearing my skirt and my daughter said “mumma pants?”. I told her that I was actually wearing a skirt. Evidently she liked the sound of the word, or thought it was a neat garment, because she talked to me about my skirt a few times after that first encounter. I decided tonight to try to make a wrap skirt for her, and in my obsessive desire to not hem, and to have two for the “price” of one, I had to make it reversible.

One side has the pink polka dots with a floral flap in the front, and the other side has the floral with the polkadot flaps, then the band is pink polkadot, goes through a button hole on one side to make the ties work right and ties in the back.

I finished about 20 minutes after she went to bed, so I haven’t had a chance to let her try it on, but she’ll be wearing it tomorrow, to a friends house, with a white t-shirt and the aqua sweater. I made the sweater this past fall and have never liked the fact there is no closure to the front. Tonight, I added ties to the front. I’ll try to get a picture of her all dressed up tomorrow…but I promise nothing!

I also intend to make up the instructions on how I did this, complete with the formulas to make it for any size. My daughter has an 18″ waist, and it required a 28″ square for each fabric for the base of the skirt plus some for the front flaps, and then the waistband. So 1 yard of each should work for a small toddler size. I’m not sure how much the yardage changes as the size does, but I’ll figure that out and include such things in my instructions. It was a lot of fun to make and while it is basic and has simple lines, the fact that there is so much fullness to the skirt makes me think it will be fun to wear. I also think that a little girl, that is a bit older then my daughter who is 19 months, would enjoy twirling this skirt. I’m a bit jealous and may need to figure out the dimensions for one for “mumma”, too.

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