This week Al is getting ready to move half way across the country (Idaho to Chicago) and stop being my neighbor :(. PS we have been neighbors for 3 of the 3.5 years that Power Shoes and Al have been married, our children are practically like siblings.
We have been busy packing, cleaning and all that not so fun stuff. It has been really strange for both of us to be busy, but not with projects. Jo came this weekend to help with the packing.
This week I knew I wanted to do something for both of the kiddos for Valentine's Day over at Project Run and Play but I knew it couldn't take too much time. I put Al's Silhouette to use for one last project before it got boxed up, T-Shirt Vinyl project.
I decided to use a bird for the shirt because Boston's nickname has always been little bird.
Riley Blake Promenade Damask in Purple, that I purchased last spring as part of a fat quarter bundle from my local craft store.
I cut the fat quarter into 2-18 by 10 strips. (If the pattern would have been different I might have made it at 10.5" in height, but in order to make the pattern match up on the sides I had to loose that 1/2" inch.) I serged around all the sides (but if you don't have a serger you could use another seam finish option, like a zig zag stitch, pinking, or bias). With the right sides together I sewed up the edge of the 10" side and pressed the seam open. I put a 1/2" hem on the bottom of the skirt. I then gathered the top of the skirt, with a long running stitch.
Then I matched the side seam of the skirt with the elastic. I pinned my elastic to my skirt at the half and quarter marks over lapping the fabric with the elastic by 1/2". Then I used a long stitch and increasing the upper tension at the 1/4" and 3/8" mark I sewed around my elastic.
Boom the easiest skirt I have ever made!
The is one of the first skirts of the spring collection I look forward to showing you more. And check back here tomorrow to see what I made for the little bird's brother.