Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Two Great Giveaways!!!

You've simply GOT to check out these giveaways! The Overcoat is bright red and gorgeous, and the Pettiskirt is BEYOND yummy.

The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

Blushing Buttercream Pettiskirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Pay It Forward!

I've done this before on Bubba Bubbles, but I thought this game would be a fanTABulous way to christen LoLo-Craft!

Here's the deal: First three people to comment on this post get a sweet little gift from me! (Handmade, of course! 'cause I'm like that.)

Here's the catch: You've got to host your own Pay It Forward event! Make sure you post your Pay It Forward post before you comment on this post.

Give me a reason to get Crafty!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Fleece Skirt - Tutorial

I was recently gifted with a ton of free fabric. Mixed into the stash was some camel colored fleece. As soon as I saw it, I could picture it as a skirt for my daughter. It would be a simple, straight sided skirt, with a bright floral applique on the front. It was going to be AMAZING.

Here's what I came up with.

I took her measurements (21" waist, 9" from waist to knee). I wanted the skirt to be flared, so I cut two identical pieces that were 15" at the bottom and 11" at the top and 10" long.

I cut a slit in the center, top of the "back" piece, to add a button to later.

I left the "front" piece as is.

I cut the slit (about 3" long) in the top center of the back piece, and then put a perpendicular cut at the bottom, about 3/4". I opened up the resulting flaps and sewed them down. This is where the button will go.

I folded the top of both pieces down, about 1/2", and sewed that to make the top hem. (Is it called a hem up there? Whatever.)

I cut a flower out of some craft felt and machined stitched a pink center on.
I pinned the flower to the front of the skirt, and machine stitched that on.

Lay the pieces right sides together, and stitch up the sides of the skirt, making certain the tops are matched up.

When the two pieces are put together, fold up the bottom of the skirt and hem that.

Make sure, when you sew the hem around the bottom, that the side seams are opened up - otherwise you'll get big lumps in the side, and that's definitely Not Cute.

Attach a button to the button flap, and make a slit in the opposite flap that's the same size as the button. After I made my slit, I stitched around it twice to make it sturdy. I cut the slit before I sewed because I wanted to make sure it would match up with the button.

Here's the finished product! When you button up the back of the skirt, there will be a big fold in the fabric - go ahead and pinch that together and sew it up on the inside of the skirt to taper the back side of the skirt. Trim off the extra fabric that you just stitched.