trick or treat!

Hope you all have an awesome Halloween!

Had to quick use up the cutest Halloween fabric I bought a while back by Riley Blake.  Jeni‘s drawstring bag tutorial was the perfect choice, so I decided to make 4.  My girls love them, they even carried around candy in them for a while until they decided to sneak upstairs and eat most of it.  Of course.

The other two are headed to their teachers, filled with a little Halloween treat inside.


my little monarch

Thank goodness for pinterest and friends.  Seriously, I was about to make Natalie her ‘sock’ costume that she wanted to be and then I saw my friend Kristin (skirt as top) pin this awesomely cute butterfly.  A sock wouldn’t have been so bad, I actually had some creative ideas for it, but I’m so glad the butterfly came along.  Don’t worry, Natalie had a whole list of possible costumes and luckily, a butterfly was near the top!

The instructions were really great, just discovered I should have bought more colored felt so I could have decorated both sides instead of just the back.  Oh well, next lifetime…

Meanwhile my little butterfly is pretty darn happy wearing her wings.


I’ll take that as a yes, sew-a-long it is!

Thanks so much for all your sweet and kind comments about my skirt and I’m so glad there was so much interest in a sew-a-long.  Fun fun, I can’t wait!!  I think with the hustle and bustle of last minute Halloween costumes and decorating it would be fun to go with the week of November 7-11.  That should give everyone enough time to gather supplies and grab the pattern, right?!

Just to get you started here’s a few little bits:

Pattern: Simplicity 2226, I made view C with belt loops and no tie belt.  Simplicity patterns are available at Joanns, Hancock fabrics, hobby lobby, etc.  Hopefully there’s a sale running somewhere, usually on sale they cost $.99 or $1.99.

Fabrics: (This is directly from the pattern envelope) damask, pique, twill, sateen, lightweight wool and wool blends, challis, crepe-back satin, jacquards, laundered silks-rayons, silk linen, brocade, satin, shantung, soft lightweight linen and linen blends.

I think a fine wale corduroy would also work well and of course any quilting weight cotton, too. I should also note that none of the sizes on the pattern require more than 2 1/8 yards of 44″ wide fabric, most requiring just 2 yards!

Zipper: one 7″ zipper

Other supplies needed: thread, hook/eye, lightweight fusible interfacing 1/2 yard would be more than plenty.

Here’s the following breakdown of what the sew-a-long will probably look like:

Picking your size and tracing/cutting pattern pieces, fusing on interfacing

Creating pockets and main body of skirt.

Sew waistband and assemble to main skirt.

Inserting zipper (might also give it a whirl with an invisible zip which I think might be even easier), and finishing waistband.

Hemming & finished skirt reveal.

TBD: if anyone is interested I can hopefully figure out a linky party so you can all check out each other’s skirts!

Oh and I just want to add a teensy little disclaimer here:  I’m am by no means an expert nor do I know all the answers to questions that may come up, I’m just excited about getting to sew with friends and to be able to help as much as I can along the way!  Thanks and I truly hope you’ll join in!  ♥