Waste Not, Want Not II


The left over material from my Winter Ginger, see here, seemed the perfect amount to make my daughter another simple skirt from. I used Lisa Comfort’s ‘A Very Versatile Skirt’ pattern from her book Sew Over It. I’ve used this pattern many times for myself and once for my daughter, when I was forced to convert my very first Ginger into a skirt for her, after a serious zip malfunction, see here.

I could really see how far I’d come skills-wise, running this up. It used to take the best part of a day to run them up, more material for myself granted, but still… This, however took me the sum total of an hour and a half, and a good fifteen minutes or so of that consisted of my daughter selecting her appropriate trimmings from my box of tricks πŸ™‚

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This make made me feel bad that I don’t make her more things, but she’s growing so quickly, it sometimes just doesn’t feel worth the effort. I figure I get a lot more wear out of items I sew for myself (unfortunately I stopped growing many moons ago….) This was so quick to make up though, and suits her so well, that I really should run up a couple more. I do kind of wish I’d made this just a touch longer though. She’s wearing it here with her thin, ballet tights (having just come home from her lesson), but I guess it would look better with some thicker, navy leggings. Speaking of which, leggings are something she really could do with more of, I must have a look through some of my old magazines to see if I have a suitable pattern or search some free patterns online. If anyone thinks of any, aged 7 or so, let me know πŸ™‚

I’ll leave you with some action shots. She couldn’t wait to model for me today πŸ™‚

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30 thoughts on “Waste Not, Want Not II

  1. You’re doing an amazing job of stash-busting,love the skirt and your daughter is obviously excited about wearing it! So cute!

    • Thank you, I’m getting better at it and it’s certainly forcing me to be creative πŸ™‚ It’s great to create ‘free’ items. I’m itching to go on a fabric binge, still a little way to go yet though…

  2. Oh she looks gorgeous! Yes, you definitely need to get sewing her some more of these for the winter with woolly tights and boots! Your box of tricks looks very interesting…

  3. So cute! What a wonderful use of leftover fabric 😊 . I get what you mean about how making clothes for you means they get more wear since us adults have stopped growing, I would love to make more for my boys but right now I have to buy new uniforms every 5-6 months.

    • πŸ™‚ I think girls are easier (and possibly more appreciative, especially at this age) than boys. I’ve vaguely thought of sewing my son some shorts, but didn’t get very far. Maybe next Summer…

  4. That’s a really inspiring post! Your model is a beauty. Not only are you using up your stash, but you’re also making clothes that are really appreciated by your daughter. I am yet to branch out into girls’ clothes – my two are too little. I couldn’t bear to put in all that work for it to be outgrown by next month!

    • Oh, definitely wait until clothes last them a year! Even then, it seems such a short while (I’m had some of my clothing a good ten/fifteen years. There are some benefits of never growing any taller, not many mind…). This really did take no time at all, and v little fabric so I’ll be running up a few more. May have to stock up my embellishment box though πŸ™‚

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