#4. The bottom of each skirt has button holes—not for buttons of course but to lace the ribbon through. When I made my first skirt I only put 1 button hole at every 5 inch mark. But then I realized that to thread the ribbon like I wanted I needed to put 2 button holes side by side. So I went back and gave every button hole an identical next door neighbor. ***Note: I made my button holes the size that I wanted my ribbon to be…which was as wide long as my button holer would go.
So awhile ago I had this idea to make some sort of a skirt for Grace that she could wear for any holiday. I wanted it to be “festive” but not stuck being just for Christmas or Valentine’s Day or whatever. (Although, let’s face it. I like holiday specific clothing as well…I just posted those angel shirts for crying out loud.)
Anyways…thinking one item that can be changed to fit different holidays…this is what I came up with:
The Any Occasion Skirt
Just a simple skirt with a bow that can be changed depending on the holiday. Like Christmas.
or Valentine’s Day
or even St. Patrick’s day.
It was easy.
Here’s what I did:
#1. I cut a piece of fabric twice as wide as Grace is around and then as long as Grace is from her waist to just above the knee plus 2 inches.
#2. I turned the bottom under about one fourth inch and stitched it down then turned it under again and stitched that down to finish off a bottom hem. (No, people…I don’t have a surger…that is why I do everything in crazy ways.)
#3. I measured across the bottom hem and every 5 inches I stopped, measured up from the bottom 1 inch and made a mark. This mark is where I put a button hole.
#5. After all the button holes were in I put ride sides together and closed up the back seam of the skirt.
#6. Next I made the casing for the elastic waistband across the top, threaded my elastic through, and closed up the case.
#7. Now all that is left is to choose your ribbon, thread it through and enjoy.
So…as with most things I do…I couldn’t stop with just one…which means after I made an All Occasion skirt out of a solid fabric I made a second one with a print.
(Which I may actually like more than the solid one.)
Here is is with a red ribbon for Christmas…
…and with a blue ribbon for New Year’s or Hanukkah.
I like this idea…and want to play around with it some more…like a dark solid with printed ribbon…and messing with the tension on the ribbon…and toying around with the length of the skirt…so even though I’ve already made 2 of them, chances are they will be followed by several more.
But not until after Christmas…