Before the bugs descended though I did manage a 5 minute dash around one of my local charity shops (Isaac, as a male, is typically unimpressed with shopping of any description!) and the first thing I picked up was this:
I loved the pretty floral prints and the floaty tiers...
I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it...and so it became this:
This was my first ever refashion (yay!) but it was a pretty simple process (helped by this tutorial from which I made this skirt). Firstly I figured out how much of the top shirred section I would need to encase some 1" elastic and chopped off the excess (I serged the raw edge, although I could also have just folded over a 1/4" before sewing). Then I folded over and sewed down the waistband, leaving an opening through which to thread the elastic. I tried the skirt on Abigail with the elastic threaded through and pinned in place to check the fit before then sewing the ends of the elastic together and sewing up the opening. Et voila, the easiest skirt I think I'll ever make!
Excellent for twirling in...
or a little ballet...first position anyone?
Something about the clothes I make that makes my kids dance, can't be a bad thing!
I have also managed to get a bit of planning done for luvinthemommyhood's Spring Tops, Tanks & Tees knit along (my first ever kal, eeeek!...more on that soon), start on a cute knitted tee for Abigail and bag a huge pile of lovely fabrics from my wonderful Mum's stash (isn't she lovely?!). So, inspite of the lacklustre past couple of weeks I'm excited about the possibilities ahead!