Over three years ago Elizabeth had a conversation one afternoon on the phone that I will never forget. We were talking about how much we were loving working on the blog, how much we loved sewing, and how many things we wanted to make and share….but we felt like we were supposed to be doing something else…and that something else involved using our blog to do good.
More conversations were to follow and Skirting the Issue was born. It took us time to plan what we wanted to do and who we wanted it to benefit….but the night we landed on skirts for foster care girls we knew it was the perfect fit for us and we have never looked back.
Over the past 2 years more than a thousand items have been made and donated to local foster care closets during our Skirting the Issue Event. That is something Elizabeth and I could NEVER do alone.
We need you and we appreciate you sewing along with us. I’ve been with foster system girls as they have gone through donation bins looking for clothes. It’s not like going to the mall…..
And I love the idea of girls now, instead of finding hand me downs or factory seconds, finding something new and soft and feminine and made just for them.
I have a special place in my heart for foster care kids (That I wrote about here: Why I hang Fruit Snacks on my Bedroom Wall.) and so does Elizabeth who has her own story. But we can’t care for all of them….as much as we would like to…but we can do something. We can make a small difference to one girl at a time, with all of your help.
Between what we have in the linky party, what has been actually delivered to us, and the photos we have gotten from emails we are well over 300 skirts so far this year.
And even though our skirt tutorials will end this month you still have until August 15 to make and donate skirts for Skirting the Issue to still be eligible for one of our giveaway prizes (that we will talk more about tomorrow). It would be terrific to have over 500 hundred skirts again this year.
Thank you again to everyone who has and is sewing along with us. Your participation means a lot to us.
Happy Tuesday everyone! We have two things up today….just because we want it to be an extra-special Tuesday. First, right below this post is an AWESOME giveaway for a package from Olfa (and who doesn’t need a new rotary cutter—-me!) so be sure to scroll down and leave a comment for that giveaway–easy peasy.
And second we have our dear friend Stef from girl.inspired joining us for Skirting the Issue today! We love Stef, we love her style, her amazing decorating skills, her amazing recipes…and well, everything about her.
Her tiered ruffle skirt is easy but looks like you spent a lot of time and/or money for it at a boutique—-a perfect kind of “sew it up yourself and people will ask you where you bought such a cute skirt.” Head over to Stef’s blog to see her full tutorial for this skirt, so you can make one for you and one for Skirting the Issue.
This year OLFA is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the invention of the rotary cutter. These must have tools were developed by OLFA in 1979 and forever changed the world of quilting. (Really, I can’t imagine NOT having my rotary cutters…can you? They are like a MUST have item for me.)
And today OLFA is giving one of our readers one of their rotary cutters and a small cutting mat! Hooray!
To enter to win all you need to do is leave us a comment telling us one of your favorite sewing/quilting tools.
Delia from Delia Creates is joining in on the fun for Skirting the Issue today. We have been able to get to know Delia and she is as darling in person as she is on her blog! She has such a creative spirit and is full of ideas. Today’s free pattern is for her flexible waist skirt for all sizes is so perfect for skirting the issue because they are a fast sew….thank you so much Delia for being here today!!!!
Head over to Delia’s blog for the free pattern HERE!
How is your summer? I feel like time is flying by and I just want to stop it, but I have been doing some summer sewing that I can’t wait to show you soon(ish)! There have been lots and lots of knit pencil skirts for teens that are fast and easy. I made some slopers for teen sizes 3-15 and have been trying to make one or two a day for skirting the issue. I wish we could have one giant pencil skirt sewing party and all make one for us and then one to give away—wouldn’t that be so fun?
I will show you my sewing in a couple of weeks, but I am dying to see what you have been sewing up!
We are happy to welcome Melissa from Melly Sews to Simple Simon and Company today. Melissa is a serious business lady, a wiz with the computer, and can whip out patterns faster than anyone I’ve ever met!
And today she is sharing a fun tutorial with all of us:
Today we have the lovely Ashley from Make It Love It sharing some of her favorite skirt tutorials on the blog today. While Ashley just had a baby, she also has another baby coming out next month—her new book! So exciting!!!
Please go look at all her skirts that she is featuring today—HERE!
We have a special treat for you today….it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes!
This lady is making something ALL THE TIME! From jewelry to embroidery to sewing Bev does it all and we are so happy to have her here sharing her talents with us for Skirting the Issue. Just look at this cutie patootie skirt!
And now jump on over to Flamingo Toes and check out all the details on how to make it!
Today we have another dear friend joining us. Melissa is one of our favorite bloggers to spend time with and fortunately for us we’ve gotten to spend more than our fair share of time with this lovely lady even though we live thousands of miles apart!
And because we think everything Melissa does is fabulous we are happy to share her tutorial for Skirting the Issue with all of you!