I'm kind of obsessed with sewing for Fidge these days, even though actually getting her to wear her new clothes is proving to be a bit tricky. (Remember the flowered shirt incident, earlier this year? )
This is something I wanted to do last year, but didn't... Repurposing one of hubs' old sweaters into a cardigan, and making a matching skirt.
I got the cardigan pattern from Martha. Its intended use is for felted sweaters, but I thought I could bypass that step if I stay-stitched the knit before assembling the pieces. My results were so-so, as the ribbing in the sweater made it a little difficult to lay it flat and, therefore, to know when I was stretching it or not. I placed scotchtape over all the edges before I stay-stitched them. It helped quite a bit, but the tape was very hard to remove. Is there a better way to do that? I am so so sure there is.
The end result is not as wonky as this photo is making it out to be. I promise.
The plaid is a remnant I picked up thrifting some time ago, for no more than fifty cents. For the skirt, I cut a flat front and gathered the back piece, putting elastic in the back waistline, sort of like the 'cute skirts' pattern. I used one of her current skirts as a guide. Rather than mess with a hem, I made some bias tape from some stash fabric and finished the edge. I imagine if I can ever get her to wear this, we'll add some stockings and her navy t-straps.
The plaid reminds me of a school uniform. I didn't go to private school, but always wished I had. If for nothing else but knowing what to wear every day. ;)
This project made me want to make Fidge lots of skirts. Man, they are so easy as fast -- very satisfying. By the way, have you seen Alicia's apple picking skirt made from a man's dress shirt? She's a clever one, that girl... I think she's on to something.