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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bubble Skirt for a Bubbly Granddaughter


What a cute, cute skirt pattern.
I used Butterfly Kisses pattern number 112.
No pattern pieces involved, just instructions.
It uses simple rectangles for the construction.
For my 4 year-old granddaughter, I made the corresponding age size.
It fits her perfectly (I will update with photos of my pint-size model when my daughter sends them).

My fabric of choice for the outside skirt panel was this very soft, drapey, 21 whale corduroy.
It is called Blue Jay Cool Cords for Robert Kaufman.
I am in love with this fabric!
I've never felt such a soft corduroy.
The corduroy is lightweight enough to wear with flip flops and a t-shirt or tank
during the summer months,
but it can then be paired with leggings and a sweater to be worn in the fall.
 
 
For the yoke, I used  a white pin dot from my stash.
And . . .

 
the lining is a pink polka dot - also from my stash.
 
 
My serger came in handy for construction of everything except the elastic waist casing.
The basic premise of a bubble skirt is that the lining (pink polka dot) is smaller
than the outside, main fabric (the cook cord).
Therefore, the corduroy had to be gathered to fit the lining piece.
I used the gathering foot to quickly accomplish that step.
Stay tuned for another installment of Stitch Selection Savvy,
which will focus on gathering.
 
Until then, my friends, happy sewing!