Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rainbow Ruffle Skirt

I've been wanting to make Isabella is rainbow skirt for a long time.
I have a true rainbow addiction and, of course, love 
anything ruffled and girly.

So, when my cute friend Kara Noel was throwing a
a rainbow puppy party for her little girl, 
it was the perfect push to finally make one.

My original intent was to make two - 
one for Isabella and one for Kara Noel's little girl.
Grand plans, huh?
But things always take 3 times as long and since
I'm a master procrastinator - it's a recipe for things
not turning out quite as grand as I planned :)

So, Isabella got the skirt and Kara Noel's little girl
got the the fun shirt that I made.
I forgot to snap a picture of shirt, 
so I'll have to share that on a different day.

I have to give a big shout out to this post by MADE
for helping "talk" me through the math in making this skirt.
I've made lots of skirts for Isabella, so I knew
pretty much the pattern for the sizing and such,
but it just totally helped to see the math
for the ruffles instead of having to try and figure it out for myself.

I used Dana's technique for putting the tiers of ruffles together.
However, I did make some adjustments to the math 
when I got into the "thick" of it.
Because I had to hem my ruffles (I don't have a serger),
they ended up a little thinner than I planned on.

I wanted the skirt to be 9.5-10" long, 
and I wanted 6 tiers of ruffles for the rainbow,
so made each ruffle piece and each connector piece 2.5" wide.
Because of hemming the ruffle pieces, 
too much of the connector piece was showing for my liking.
So, I cut down each connector piece to 2.25"
and I liked the look of it better.

I also used an overstitch to finish the seams on the
inside to help prevent excessive fraying.
If I had a serger, I'd gladly serge :)

I adore how it turned out.

It's a little piece of ruffly rainbow happiness!

Since I ran out of time to make two shirts and two skirts,
I whipped up this little cutie to pin to Isabella's shirt.

It was just hand cut pieces of rainbow scrap that I backed
with a piece of felt and then topped it off with a cute button.

 And since it was so cute,
I made one into a headband and added it to the gift for Kara Noel's daughter.
I forgot to snap a pic, but luckily Kara Noel obliged :)


Lindsay said...

LOVE this! Have to make some for my girls soon!

shabbygals said...

This is darling especially on the cute model!! I will have to try this one for my little one!

Unknown said...

Oh man it's so fabulous.

dancin' momma said...

It turned out so cute! Another one for the do-to list when I see you!

The Pretty Pinhead said...

This is adorable. Thanks for sharing! Glad I stumbled across your blog. Would love the follow back :)

The Pretty Pinhead

Cherish said...

I want to be a little girl so I can pull this off! It's amazing!

Sam said...

Super cute! Love the patterns you chose :)

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

So pretty, I love this, it would be great for a family photo too, so sweet!

Maria said...

Awwww this is adorable!!! What a cute skirt, and so nicely made!!! Beautiful!!!

Kara said...

So, so cute! Love how you made a flower for the shirt and a hair clip to tie it all together. Perfect!

Tom and Tamara said... cute. Are your ruffle strips 2X the length of the connector pieces...or did you go for a fuller skirt and make them 2.5X's the connectors?

Kindredarts said...

I keep picturing your friend throwing a Rainbow puppy. Lol. :)

Kindredarts said...

I keep picturing your friend throwing a Rainbow puppy. Lol. :)


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