Hi everyone! It's me, Shannon, from LittleKidsGrow.com. Thank you so much for having me!
I don't have a lot of extra time to sew for myself these days, so when I am able to carve out a bit of "me time", I try to make sure it counts. I made a commitment to myself earlier this year to start doing more things for me. Moms know how easy it can be to put ourselves on the back burner when we have precious little ones in our view.
So, anytime we are able to do something that makes us feel good, is a great day in my book!
Before I started, I had to first figure out what I needed. My closet is really pitiful right now, so I was basically starting from scratch. (Ha! Ha!) I knew I needed easy workable pieces for a busy lifestyle, something that I could mix and match with items already in my wardrobe. I started with the fabric. So, what do you make with pink stretchy denim? You make a puzzle skirt, of course! I started with a self-drafted straight skirt pattern. I cut out rectangular pieces of denim. I then began to piece then together, alternating fabric sides for color contrast.
Once I had the fabric pieced together and sewn up, I folded it on the bias and cut out the front skirt piece. The back skirt piece was cut from a single layer of fabric in two pieces so I could add a hemline slit. Once the front and back were sewn together, I added a simple fold over waistband, and I was all done! (Yay!).
The top, on the other hand, was a teeny bit of a challenge. I wanted something I could dress up, throw on with a pair of old jeans, or wear underneath a cardigan without too much bulkiness. I knew I wanted something form fitting, but not quite sure, what it would look like. I sketched an idea on paper, grabbed my dress form, and started playing around with some ideas.
I eventually came up with something that I love. A semi-wrap-fold over- origami, ummm top, that buttoned up the back. The final top looked nothing like my original idea, but I love that part of designing -- expecting the unexpected.
Shaffer Sisters, you are absolutely the best for having me today. Thank you for the motivation to sit down and make something for myself.