Button Front Skirt Tutorial

Almost mid-July, what?? At the risk of sounding like an old lady, I'm just gonna go ahead and say that time is flying. I don't know where this summer is going. :( I've been trying to soak in as much time with my duckies as possible, but I'm just popping in to say hi and share a tutorial for this fun button up skirt as part of Skirting the Issue with Project Run & Play and Simple Simon & Co. I'm so happy to share anything to contribute to such a worthy cause so let's jump right in!
What you'll need:
Bottom Weight Fabric or heavier cotton. (the lighter the fabric, the less structure their will be)
Coordinating thread

So first, do some measuring. Lila is 7 years old and small for her age, so I'll just share general measurements you'll need:

1st measurement: Measure around the waist and add one inch.
2nd measurement: Take your waist measurement and double it. 
3rd measurement: Measure from your waist down to where you'd like the skirt end. Add 2 inches to that for seam allowance and hemming. 

Cut your fabric into several different pieces. Cut a waistband 5 inches by the 1st measurement. Cut 2 mirrored pieces the size and length of the 2nd and 3rd measurement we worked out above. Then cut one piece the same width and length only on the fold. Then cut the pockets whatever size you'd like. 
Now follow along:
Follow along all month for all sorts of skirty goodness all month here!



Remember this shirt? My fingers do. Imperfectly cut lines and all. :) Because I spent forevs cutting out words on a freezer paper stencil. And remember how I love a good graphic shirt but I am a tight wad, so a cutting machine was out. Little did I know, Jonathon was getting me a Silhouette for my b.day. To save my fingers and because he's great and all that. :)

So this year, when Ezra asked for an updated Ob-La-Di shirt, I was like, "Sure thing, boy." Because cutting freezer paper on a machine is a breeze. Ezra is still obsessed with this song (and shirt too). Always gratifying to make a quick summer project. Just grab your favorite shirt, iron on your freezer paper, paint stencil with fabric paint, let dry and press with a light cloth on top to seal the paint. 
And that's all the time I have to write, folks. Because who has time to write blogs anymore, let alone read them. Also my children are all caked in mud right outside the window. I'm out. :)


DIY Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress Tutorial

Dress Pattern (tutorial below) // fabric
Oh summertime, how I love thee. Even though this summer hasn't quite started the way that I thought it would, it's still been dreamy. I love no major schedule, lazy afternoons, family adventures, nice weather. It's not all perfect of course. We started summer with 2 funerals. My grandma and Jonathon's Grandpa both passed away on the same day and Jonathon's Grandma went to join her sweetheart this last weekend. 
Death is tough and we've had to have a lot of talks with our kids, especially Lila. Being the oldest, she's getting to the age where she really feels and understands things more than the other kids. It's been hard, but we're at peace. Of course, I wish I could shelter my kids from sad things, but my personal view on death isn't sad. It's still hard, but since we believe that we can be together forever, we know everything will be fine.

I made this ruffle sleeve shift dress for Lila because she asked for a nice dress to wear for the funerals of her great grandparents. I'm sewing through my stash right now, so this stripe fabric worked perfectly. I love to dress up a basic pattern, and I'm loving the ruffle/bell sleeve trend this summer. It's funeral appropriate, but perfect to pop on when we're going on family adventures. See the mini tutorial below. :)  
Remember, this is a mini tutorial. There are instruction all over the place for how to make a basic shirt. This is just to give you inspiration if you're looking to spruce up a basic shirt dress.  

What you'll need: 
A shirt that fits, or a shirt pattern.
1 yard of fabric (or more depending on the size you're going for) pre-washed and dried.
Coordinating thread
Step 1: Fold fabric (make sure the fabric is stretching horizontally)
Step 2: Lay your shirt pattern and add length if you're making a dress.
Step 3: Tilt the shirt pattern under the armpit. Cut.
Step 4: Cut 2 rectangles roughly twice the size of the edge of the sleeve hole. Ruffle the rectangles by adding a basting stitch on the top of the rectangle. Add ruffled rectangle to the bottom of the sleeve opening (rst). Finish shirt according to instructions.
And there you go! Happy sewing!
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