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hideout skirt

the stiffest denim known to man. sometimes i pull fabric out of the hatch and wonder what i was thinking when i bought it. . . especially when there is three yards of it taking up our very very precious closet space. . . but then i make a skirt for my daughter out of it. not only does the indestructible skirt look fine on the child, but in a desperate situation, it could also serve as a lampshade. brilliant purchase after all. 

you should have seen the eye-roll eve gave me when i mentioned the skirt-as-lampshade nonsense. i thought her eyes might actually fall into the back of her head forever. apparently, much more serious business was at hand. business like finding the perfect "hideout" for the family of dolls on the run from "mean animals . . . so they won't eat them up." but apparently the family can spare their feet. . . who's rolling their eyes now, eve? 

obnoxious mothering aside, i really think a nice, wide hem goes a long way in making a simple handmade skirt successful. it looks great and you've got the option of lengthening when needed. especially useful for those years when kids never seem to get wider, only longer and longer. barring any unforeseen run-ins with mean animals. 






Reader Comments (19)

Hi Katie, remember me? I have been out of blogging for a long long time. But I am happy to be the first comment. That skirt is darling and is Eve a teenager?

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralyshabean

i love the wide hem. it's my favorite part. i'm thinking you should maybe not share these ideas because you could easily put them into your own book and sell it!j

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

the most true statement about the wide hem. it is very simple, utilitarian and yet loaded with style. great job.
barbara brown

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbarbara brown

you're a good writer and a good clothing maker.

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatria

Love the whole outfit and hairstyle. Great job! : )

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

Speaking of longer and not wider- I looked at this picture and felt like Eve was looking so much older/taller! Holy Cow!

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

That hideout picture is so funny!! And I really love her whole outfit - the skirt is great!

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

Really cute. I’ve got lots of super-stiff denim in my stash too. I should dig it out and put it to use in a similar fashion.

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

super cute skirt, as usual! you are so funny in this post. i so understand the preschooler with attitude, and mine is a boy! i am afraid of what the girl will dish out as she gets older. oh, and love the hideout picture!

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Once again Katie, you make me laugh. I love reading your blog - keep it up! She looks gorgeous in her lampshade.

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGretel

I love it. I have those kinds of fabric too, the "What was I thinking?' kind. I'm feeling inspired to go look through them and start a project.


February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

the skirt is great! it just looks so cool on her and the best part is that is a terrific hideout for their bodies (um, i guess not their feet), but that is alright with her anyways!

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrubyellen

L O L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom

Dude, if you make one of these for Scout I will pay handsomely for it!!! I love the skirt, and we could use a good hideout for plastic horses, as well.

I'm not kidding around. Let's talk price. [Don't tell Travis I'm thinking about spending any money, though.]

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

I like the skirt!! It's a great colour and fabric, although I must admit when I first glanced at the post I thought it's title was "hideous skirt" ;o)

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi

She is too cute! And I have to admit, the skirt looks great on her!

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdebra cooper

I love spontaneous ideas! The skirt is darling! I have tons of fabric but no little ones to make anything for. Your ideas are wonderful and I am thinking of using your quilting technique for my quilt.

thanks for the great ideas.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertroutay

Hi Katie!

I've just bought my own (and first) sewing machine (beginner) and came across your blog and absolutely love it. I was just wondering if you could suggest a patterns-magazine that you like since I like your style :)

This skirt is so cute!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHildur

tiffany --One may fall in love with many people during the lifetime.-buy replica Clarks Shoes

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiffany1

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