Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY: Girls jumper skirt

I love trying to make use of leftover fabric I already have in the house since I am sure my hubby is tired of me scouting the fabric aisle at Wal-mart.

So I decided to use some of the leftover strips from this dress. I figured I'd make a circle skirt for JOE.

I laid it out the way I wanted and sewed it up thinking I'd have enough material for a skirt.

That was a complete fail. I didn't have enough to make a skirt. So I put that aside for a possible future accent pillow perhaps? 

I went digging in my stash of materials and found the one below. I bought it a few months back during a sale. BUT turns out I didn't have enough material. What to do? What to do?

I decided to measure it out and cut out the material in squares. Except, I didn't just want to do a plain skirt. I wanted a girly jumper. So I decided to go back to my trusted go to site...Pinterest! I found this and this. I figured "why not?"

I went to work with cutting up the fabric and getting it to "work". The pattern for the skirt portion came from here. The straps, I made using JOE's measurements.

Also leftovers from another project.

All 4-squares together.

Sewed and ready to go.

Pinning to add the elastic for the waist.

Then I had a "bright idea"! Why not use some of the leftover tulle from my wedding dress to add some poof to the dress?

So I did it.

Straps are done.

I pinned the straps to make sure it'll work.

I liked it so I sewed it in.

And added large buttons to match.

I love the way it turned it. So much so that when I gave JOE a choice of outfits to wear to Church on Sunday, she actually chose this one! 

I couldn't get a good picture of her standing so this is pretty much as good as it gets. Here she is "working hard".

No...I didn't let her go to church like that. A good friend of mine watched her on Saturday evening while J & I went out to dinner. This is the outcome of that :-). 

This was how she went to church. She wouldn't stay still long enough for me to take a picture hence the blurry shot.

 Expertise needed: Comfortable beginner.
Total Approximate time: This was done over the course of 5-days because I kept having other errands to run and things to do. The total amount of time actually spent sewing was probably more like 90-minutes for everything. I also hand sewed the buttons.
Total spent on materials: The fabric was on sale $ $4.49 a yard. I only got 1/2 a yard. Hence my dilemma with making this fit. But it worked!  :-). Everything else I already had at home. The total cost was $2.25. Can't beat that!
Feedback: I like the way it turned out and it certainly gives me ideas for future outfits and possibly refashioning other items she grows out of. I definitely will be doing this again.

You can purchase a similar skirt from AyoBE Boutique.


  1. I love this!! Last year I started making clothes too and never figured I could make a skirt with this sort of pattern! Awesome - I have some metallic silver and green chevron fabric that I will use this pattern to make a nice skirt! Oh - and JOE looks so cute in it -well what we can see of it on her ;-) The buttons are a total win.

    1. Thank you.

      The color combination you described sounds so beautiful. I'd love if you'll share it when you make it for her. The pattern link is in the blog post. It is very easy to follow.

    2. I discovered Made by Dana last year too and really like her tutorials! I made a ruffle dress based off her ruffle tutorial. The skirt will be for me! I'll try and send you my finished results :-D.

    3. Her stuff is pretty awesome! I love her tutorials as well.

      Can't wait to see your ruffle skirt. I am sure it'll look fab!

  2. Super cute. J's already a fashionista. Love the colors. Makes me wish for Spring.

    1. Lol...Thank you! :-).

      I am also ready for Spring. But then that means no more weather related telework days.Hmmm...thinking...:-)

  3. OMG, OMG, OMG! It's gorgeous! WOW, you are truly talented! JOE is going to have the most unique clothes! No one would have what she is wearing which I absolutely love! If I had your talent I would be making myself something everyday, lol.

    1. Awww...thanks Faith! I really enjoy it.

      You should try your hand at it. Something tells me you'd be good at making really nice unique outfits. I practiced by watching youtube videos and also getting free patterns and tutorials from Pinterest. :-).

  4. Cute!!! I love the matching buttons you added. This is making me wish I knew how to sew. I would love to do stuff like this (well, not dresses) for my little guy.

    1. Thank you! You can learn. I learnt from watching YouTube videos and reading patterns from Pinterest. It is surprisingly easy. I only pick easy stuff :-).


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