Sew & Tell contest where: All materials used must come from your stash and/or your local thrift store. The finished product should be an outfit of some sort for you, your child, or whoever. Um, check.
I went with the "from your stash" AND "from the thrift store" because if you've been reading this blog long you know I can't pass up sheets - so much yardage for so little $$. So I have a stash of sheets, from garage sales, and thrift stores, begging to be used - see, stacked to the ceiling (anyone else have issues folding fitted sheet - ugh!):
Now, what to make - well, at Crystal's Craft Spot the weekly challenge for this week is make something off your to-do list. So I combined the two challenges! Used the sheets to make the Dresden Plate Skirt I've had on my To-Do Idea List forever.
For directions on the skirt construction, head over to Crafterhours for The Dresden Plate Skirt Tutorial.
I changed some things up a bit:
--I only used 14 strips instead of 18 - my girls are 4 and 6 - I wanted it to lay more flat instead of poofy.
--I didn't hand-sew the hem - are you crazy?!? I did this "stitch-the-ditch" thing (my mom would be proud that I remember that's what it's called) - from the topside, I sewed right into the seam to hold down the lining on the back, about 1 inch up, and you can't see it on the front because it hides in the "ditch":
So for the scarf I sewed the 2 pieces wrong sides together, flipped them right-side out, and ironed them down. Then I sewed with elastic thread 3 times down the middle. I was going for shirring (yes, I had to refer to my own tutorial - pathetic that I didn't remember how to do it) - super important is the steaming part. Here it is before - barely ruffle at all:
I also made a hair clip to go with it - because why not! I don't know if things that have so many matching pieces (skirt, scarf, hairclip) say "wow, so matchy, it must be from a boutique" or "wow, so matchy, your mom must have made that for you from an old sheet" - let's hope for the first one....
DIy Under $5 at A Little Tipsy