Tree skirts

9 Mar

While my mom was visiting we got to do some really nice sewing projects together.  Aprons, zipper pouches and a few simple skirts for my daughters.  Every year in March I make each of my twin daughters a special skirt (and crown) for their birthday which is on March 28th.  This year I bought some really nice (I think) tree/bush patterned material in Canada.  I love the different greens in the print, the cotton is really nice and soft and it’s definitely not something you’ll find in a kid’s clothing store in Italy. 

I know the bright yellow isn’t the typical colour you’d pick to go with this material but I just love the combination together.   I had to take the skirt into a local fabric shop to buy the binding for the hem and when the salesgirl saw it she was horrified.  She looked at it and said “e molto….particulare”.  In other words it’s the ugliest thing she’s ever seen.  So it’s obviously not to everyone’s taste…

I used a thick elastic band for the waistline because it’s so comfortable for the kids to wear.  Plus, if they grow a bit then it still fits.  I’m thinking of making one for myself for when I eat one of those 4 hour Italian lunches and my pants always end up feeling a little too tight for comfort.

So 2 skirts with images of 2 different types of forests for 2 very sweet little girls who will be turning double digits in a few weeks (gulp).


10 Responses to “Tree skirts”

  1. greta March 9, 2012 at 13:02 #

    Jillian, I just love your blog.
    It is just such a wonderful glimpse into your world.
    That salesgirl–too funny!
    And I love that yellow. It makes me happy.
    Also the idea and look of the wide elastic waistband.
    I want some skirts like this for me!
    What lucky little girls you have.
    As always, thanks for sharing.
    Love from,

    • jc March 9, 2012 at 13:36 #

      Hi Greta. Thanks for your kind words. And I’m glad to hear someone finds the skirts nice. My daughters are actually really looking forward to wearing them so I’m happy about that. Jill x

  2. Ria March 9, 2012 at 15:59 #

    Love tha fabric! I wish I could finish something like it here, so that I could make a long skirt for myself out of it!

  3. Kat March 9, 2012 at 18:02 #

    ooo forest prints – I’d definitely wear them. haha for “multo.. particulare”, it happens. muffins get the same response for me but they’re still yummy good. 😉 i love the shot of the forest skirt on the wooden floor

  4. Jen March 12, 2012 at 02:02 #

    Double digits! Happy birthday to them!

    I love the idea of two different forest images representing two different girls. It’s incredibly sweet.

    • jc March 12, 2012 at 16:59 #

      Thanks Jen. I still can’t believe those teeny weeny little babies are 10….

  5. Sharon @ Discovering blog March 12, 2012 at 14:48 #

    Nice of the salesgirl to be so subtle! yikes.
    The skirts are adorable – and the yellow makes them happy and bright.

    • jc March 12, 2012 at 16:57 #

      You should have seen the look on her face! The comment wasn’t even needed to let me know how much she liked the skirts….

  6. Petra Roche March 13, 2012 at 16:22 #

    I personally LOVE the colour combo. I guess Italians have as little “funk” in them as the Germs. To be honest, I had been waiting to see what you were going to do with that tree fabric ever since you showed off your Canadian fabric a while back. I was not disappointed.

    • jc March 14, 2012 at 21:54 #

      But now the big question is….what top do they wear with it? I knew you’d appreciate this material being Canadian and all. Eh.

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