Girl’s Mid-Century Circle Skirt

This is another garment for First-Born because she doesn’t have the advantage of having hand-me-downs ready to go when she has a sudden growth spurt. But don’t worry, Second-Born isn’t neglected: I’ve promised a very special project for her once I’ve finished filling out First-Born’s wardrobe.

Pattern: vintage Simplicity pattern #1741, size 8

Fabric: blue cat embroidered cotton chambray by Mood. It is $13.99 a yard and 52/53 inches wide. The description from the website is as follows: “An ode to our feline friends, this Blue Cat Embroidered Cotton Chambray is a must have for any cat lover. Embroidered cats stand, stretch, and sit across a crisp cotton. Turn its stiffer drape into shirts, shirt dresses and darling flared skirts. Lightweight, it will surely add an element of fun to your spring/summer wardrobe. A lining may be desired as this thin woven is translucent.”

Notions: Invisible zipper purchased in a mulitcolor bulk bargain bag from Amazon (40 zippers for $9.99). Thread is white polyester “sew-all” by Gütermann, purchased at Joann stores. I honestly don’t remember where I purchased the hook-and-eyes but they can be easily found for little money from any of the retailers I’ve already listed, or wherever sewing supplies are sold.

Extra Info: This was my first time using hook-and-eyes and I must admit, I did a rather shoddy job of installing it. But I’m deliberately leaving it as it is because I like having reminders of how far my sewing skills have come. I used to be a mess at installing zippers, and now I’m a pro. I actually enjoy seeing my old garments with poorly installed zippers, as they are proof that I am improving with every project. I also feel it is important for my children to see tangible evidence that their maternal role model isn’t afraid to try new things, and that it’s natural to not be good at a new skill… but that perseverance and cheerfulness fosters improvement.



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