All Hail! Kiddie Adults Unite!
Kiddie Adults Unite: Sewing the Insa Skirt in a Me-Sized Version from the book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love"
Here are a few photos I took from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love of the Insa Skirt that inspired my version. I am really in love with the whole book and all the creations. What a talented and daring designer that Nancy Langdon.
Aren't those faces so cute you want to eat them up? Ok. Yes, that sounds weird now that I write it. But they're so freakin adorable. And they have their own hair ties and everything! Just look at those sweet and happy rosy cheeks on top of all those layers. Don't you want a skirt like that for you?! Stinkin adorable.
All Hail! Kiddie Adults Unite!
Having free reign of my closet and not restricted to a small suitcase, this 3rd week of Me Made May 2014 (#MMM14), I chose to bring out my skirts (I have monty python running through my head, "bring out your dead!"). I notice that I wear them mostly in summer as it's finally warm enough and I won't freeze.
I did not choose to wear a handmade item every day as I felt relaxing, recovering, and rejuvinating from my travels a higher priority. That way, after resting, I could dive into MMM14 in full force.
The first skirt, Insa Skirt, is from a book called, "Sewing Clothes Kids Love." I fell in love with this book upon first sight. I adore kids clothes and most often just want them resized to fit my adult body. This is the first debut of the Insa skirt on my blog. I did wear it around Seattle one day and had a woman yell out her window to me, "Hey! Where did you get that skirt?!" "Oh this?" I replied, "I made it." The woman gaped at me, mouth open, "I love it! Make me one?!" she said. I was honored. I knew I loved the skirt, but had no idea it would be such a huge hit.
First, I chose to make it lined as well as having the underskirt with it's own lining. That's 4 layers of quilting cotton. Holy blanket batman! It was so heavy the elastic wouldn't hold it up at my waist. Talk about walking out of your clothes! I took out both linings and found it to be just right. Still a little heavy, but wearable.
The top layer is Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane fabric line in Hello Roses Cream. If anyone can help me get more of the cream in quilting cotton, I'd really appreciate it. I'd like to make a matching top. The pink/red dots are a bias trim I made myself and an orange grosgrain ribbon.
The bottom layer is also quilting cotton - orange polka dots and green batik from the Quilt Barn - topped off with a sateen ribbon that is pink with red faux stitching.
Skirt Pattern: 1940's vintage Simplicity 1358
Skirt Fabric: Batik aqua & brown quilting cotton, calico brown stars, poly knit lining
The next skirt I wore is one of my favs. Definitely a staple. It's an apron pattern I fell in love with and just added a back panel to convert it into a skirt. Then replicated the skirt in a poly lining and added a calico star 4" bias binding. I only made this up as a test to see how it would wear and
The apron pattern that is my base for the blue & brown skirt is a vintage 1940's apron pattern, Simplicity 1358. Isn't the pattern envelope adorable?!