* happy birthday, sister *
embroidered anniversary

But all she wants to wear are t-shirts.

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.



Oh.my.word. That is adorable. Makes me want to sew for Fidge too. :)


too cute! you're right, navy t-straps would be perfect. maybe with knee socks.

and a beret. ;)


Very Cute. Love the colors/print!


That outfit looks so cute. I did wear a uniform to school...brown, yellow, black, and white plaid. Brown knee high socks, brown shoes, brown sweater, YELLOW shirt. Oh it was just as ugly as it sounds! I would have worn that little plaid you've got goin' in a minute and been darn happy too! I still shudder when I think of that brown plaid.


Ahhh! I love it.

I remember that MS tutorial. I've been wanting to try it. Just need to find a wool sweater. (I actually saw a few at the thrift store today and didn't buy them! What was I thinking?!?)

I wish Fidge would wear new clothes. I know that Spenser is a little picky. Her rule of thumb is: If it's not pink, I won't wear it.


So cute! Thanks for the links. I have a number of felted sweaters waiting to be used. I love the brown and the plaid together! Fidget is a lucky girl.


It's adorable! I'm sure Fidge will look cute in this one! Good luck on getting her to wear it (:


this is so, so cute. i have often wanted to try something like that, but it makes me a bit nervy. it looks so beautiful, though!!

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