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Dressing my 4th for the 4th

I absolutely *love* dressing for the Fourth of July. It’s the only holiday I dress for and I tend to go all out (including painting my nails to look like American flags). Don’t ask me why I love looking like an American flag though because I’m really not that patriotic. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I love Jesus more than my country. Anyway….you’re here to check out my fun outfits, and I’m so glad you came!

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New Summer Play Skirt!

Are you ready for summer?! Honestly, I’m really not. It gets so hot here in Mississippi and I’ll be pregnant all summer. BUT, I am excited for some fun things my family has planned. And I’m always ready for fireworks. My son (and hubby) is going on a mission trip to Mexico over the Fourth of July holiday and my daughter was feeling a bit left out, so I decided to surprise her with a new skirt just for her to show off for July 4th.  And of course, since I made it so early, she can wear it for Memorial Day too!

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There’s a Surprise at the End of this Post

The blog has been a little quiet lately. And for good reasons. First off, have you ever tried to only sew Ottobre for a month?! (phew) Combined with attacking Kid’s Clothes Week?! (double phew) And then there’s the harsh reality of life that sometimes crashes down on you…and it’s never when you’re ready or able to handle it.  I had a miscarriage last week. God has wrapped me in His loving arms and I am doing wonderfully considering the circumstances. And actually, have started looking more towards others in the past two weeks instead of solely sewing for my kiddos. (But you’ll have to read this whole post to get to that good stuff!)

Today, I get to celebrate an amazing pattern company by showing off my latest creation! The Abilene Skirt by Momma Quail Patterns.

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As soon as I bought this fabric (pale pink with gold polka dots!) from Hobby Lobby, I knew I wanted to make River a skirt. And the Abilene Skirt is perfect! I love the front pockets, back pockets, and nice details that make this skirt look very professional. I chose the faux fly and front pockets options. And for the rest, I kept right to the pattern. I didn’t need to lengthen or shorten at all. The skirt is going to be great this fall/winter with some leggings and perfect next spring too. The back has an elastic waistband so these will stretch a bit to last River until next summer for sure. And then Lioness will get it. It’s so fun having two girls in a row!Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org} Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

River loves her skirt. What she’s sad about is that I completely FORGOT to bring along her awesome Just Like Papa Briefcase!! And it is awesome. Pink and polka-dotty and full of great compartments for crayons, stickers, princess coloring books, and her fake pink phone that is really one of those water games that you can never win. (Not like I’ve taken over her phone in an attempt to show her how awesome terrible  mama is at that game or anything…..) So, since you don’t get to see her awesome briefcase, I’ll remind you about her brother’s:

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OK, now back to my girl and the surprise waiting for you at the end of this blog post. I’ve decided to re-open my Etsy shop!! Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}I know girl, I can hardly contain myself too! 

And this scarf is already listed! What I LOVE about my shop is that I don’t keep any of the money. Yes, you read that right. All proceeds go directly toward helping adoptive and missionary families. I had it opened for two years prior to Lioness being born, but took it down to focus more on her and family. Now, I’m wanting to serve others again in this little way. I’m hopeful that I can keep it open while balancing and maintaining my priorities.

Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org} Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org} Deer Infinity Scarf | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}So, if you’re into supporting adoptive families bring home their babies or missionaries spreading the love of Jesus, check out twelve2 on Etsy or Facebook or Instagram.

I’ll still be popping in over here at Sew Thrifty from time to time, but my heart needs to serve others right now. And sharing with my kids why I sew for others and get them to help out in the process as well.

But before you leave, be sure to check out all the other great sewists and their takes on all the lovely Momma Quail Patterns! And check out the giveaway!

11/16: Willow and Stitch

11/17: Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane

11/18: The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee

11/19: House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says

11/20: Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty

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Upcycled: Baby Circle Skirt (From a maternity shirt!)

This upcycle cracks me up…it’s a baby circle skirt made from a maternity shirt! So, when you’re done with the baby in your belly, turn that shirt into a skirt for the baby in the bouncy.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern

I used the tutorial from MADE here.

Additionally, here are my recommendations for sizing. These are based on averages and may not work for your baby or toddler. If you can measure them, do so, as that will give you the best fit.

 

Baby Circle Skirt Measurements {Sew THrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Instructions

Grab a t-shirt. I used the bottom half of this maternity baby-doll-style shirt. It was a bit of a stretch (ha. ha. ha.) since the bottom half of this shirt was smaller than I would have liked, but it still worked!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut down the side of the shirt to the sleeves (or in my case to the elastic).Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then cut off that section of the shirt. I took my time with this to save as much fabric as I could. If you’re using a regular t-shirt or a larger shirt, you don’t have to be as careful, since you’ll have plenty of fabric here. Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

But now I’ve got two rectangles. Wait…I thought you were making a circle skirt?! Don’t you need a large circle? Yes, ideally. However, since I’m upcycling, I’m going with the flow. So, work with me here and follow along…two rectangles:Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut the hems off. You won’t need to save these.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Take one of the rectangles and fold in half. You should have a square (or square-ish) shape. Then, using the measurements you have and MADE’s tutorial, construct your circle. Since you only have one fold, you’ll have a half circle when you’re done with this step.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Take that half circle and place it on top of the other folded rectangle piece. Like so:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity top to baby skirt {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then cut out your second half-circle piece. Now you have two of these:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Sew or serge them together to create a circle. Yay, it’s looking like a circle skirt!

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The next step is to add the elastic. I have tons of pretty (brand new) elastics. But, I wanted to make this skirt 100% upcycled. And well, my husband needed to trash his boxers…but the elastic was still good!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I couldn’t help myself. I snagged those bad boys out of the trash pile and salvaged the elastic. (And yes, he knows I’m airing his dirty laundry on the internets 😉 )Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

From there, I sewed my elastic onto my skirt and viola!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I’ll be honest, the elastic was a bit stretched out. So, if you’re using upcycled elastic, you might want to decrease the length to compensate the extra stretchiness.

But, it still looks cute! And now the skirt will fit longer.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{Something isn’t right about my new outfit…}

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{What?! I’m wearing Daddy’s dirty underwear?}

It was clean! Just old. She’ll be ok. I hope. 

If you’re looking for a little something different for your baby, check out Feather’s Flight’s baby leggings or toddler dress.

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)Have you upcycled anything lately?! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see your creations!

 

Captainess America: The Third Baby-venger

The number of times my husband and I go to the movies is inversely related to the number of kids we have (I told you I like math).  For those non-mathematicians out there – we have three kids. We don’t go to the movies, like, ever.  But today…today…

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out!

And, we will be going to see it. In a real movie theater. With no kids. I cannot wait!!

So to celebrate, I’ve dressed up my baby:

BabyCaptainAm-1

{Siblings, assemble!}

BabyCaptainAm-2

{I’m loyal to nothing, Mom… except Milk.}

BabyCaptainAm-3

{Give me milk now, or I will not be responsible for what comes next!}

Did you catch those Captain America quotes? 😉

The headband was made with scraps of red felt, white knit, and blue knit and soft elastic. I wanted to use all felt, but didn’t want to buy anything extra and that’s what I had on hand. I simply hot glued the pieces to each other.

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The skirt is a simple circle skirt using MADE’s tutorial, but instead of a circle, I just left it as a square. Red stripe knit fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.

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The bodysuit was purchased pre-made (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and I reversed appliqued a white knit star to the middle.

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The total look cost $4.81 and took about an hour and 15 minutes.

Have a great weekend!