Friday, December 28, 2012

A boxing day skirt.

How was your Christmas?  I hope you had a good one.  Much as I believe it's first and foremost a celebration of Christ's birth, the physical manifestation still seems to end up being about food, family and presents.  We hosted this year, which meant for a few days our family of five blew out to fourteen by day and twelve by night.  We had an awesome time catching up, but I think more than one family member wasn't too sad when it was time for the guests to leave!

On our last day together, I dragged Andrea, my sister, up into my craft room to show her my fabric stash, and hopefully glean a bit of direction and inspiration.  (While it took me two weeks to get up the courage to insert a zipper, she could design you a dress from scratch, based on your own measurements, with as many zippers as you wanted without batting an eyelid)

The last fabric in the box was some lengths of fabric off-cut from preschool sheets that Andrea had been making a number of years ago.  She had given it to me wth the idea of making one of those skirts with the gathered layers for Maddy.  I explained that I had always felt a bit put off by the idea of having to do the maths, to which she replied "let's do it now!" . . . .

And so we did! (That's Andrea on the left and me on the right)

 So while other family members played their new Christmas board games or read their new Christmas books, we sewed.  At one point, we even got Mum to do a bit of gathering for us . . .

This is what it looked like before the relatives left.  The first layer gathered and sewn on, but a lot of gathering left for me!

Andrea challenged me to have it finished, photographed and blogged by that night.  I probably could have done, but after cooking and cleaning up after the hoards for three days straight, chose to take a much-needed walk on the break-wall with the family instead!
By doing the gathering in front of the TV, I did manage to finish the sewing on Boxing Day night, worn and photographed yesterday, and blogged today!

Here's the happy recipient, showing off not only her new skirt, but her Christmas ukulele as well!


  1. Wow, it looks great! I'm glad you enjoyed doing all that gathering (so sad I had to leave you with all that work still to do!) I hope Maddy enjoys wearing her beautiful new skirt.