Midi Skirt in Black and White

This is this photo I saw on Pinterest from mesewcrazy that inspired this particular project. After my recent debacle with the McCall’s dress I wanted a quick, satisfying project. Mesewcrazy made her skirt from plaid and lace and although I knew I didn’t want those particular fabrics I did like the contrast colour hem band. I found this perfect sateen but wish they had it in another colourway for my hem band and so instead decided to just make my skirt out of one fabric.

I self-drafted this skirt and used printed sateen squares (97% cotton/3% spandex) in black/ivory fabric. Briefly I cut 2 rectangles of fabric for the front and back at about 36 inch long with 4 inch additional for each pleat (3 on front and back). I pinned the pleats so they were evenly spaced, about 5 1/2 inch apart and stitched the pleats about 4 inches from the top to avoid the poofing which I find unflattering on me.

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midi skirt backI initially wanted pockets in this skirt but found they didn’t lay flat for some reason so omitted them in the end. I added a 10 inch (25cm) black invisible zip to the side seam with a hook and eye, but find that something weird is happening at this side. I normally fuse some interfacing on the zip seam but didn’t this time and therefore don’t think it sits quite right. I have worn this skirt once already and it didn’t phase me too much, I just try to iron it as flat as possible.

My waistband was 22 inch long and 4 inch wide. I interfaced one side of the waistband and folded in half and attached to the skirt. I hand stitched the waistband down on the inside.

I found once the dress was assembled it was a little loose so ended up taking it in about 4cm from either side. Since wearing and washing it once, I still feel it needs to be taken in some more.

The skirt length was a guestimate and I ended up turning up the hem 4.5cm and hand stitched for an invisible hem. I’m not sure if this is the correct length on me. Any suggestions?

I am happy to add this separate to my wardrobe and think it will get lots of wear but I think now I need to sew up a nice white, boxy crop(ish) top to complete the look.

As I’m all about scrap busting this year I decided to immediately sew up a clutch with left over fabric although will probably never wear the two items together as I think it’s too much. I completely lined the clutch with black cotton sateen (96% cotton/ 4% spandex) from the stash and used a 14 inch invisible zipper (stash) although would have preferred a metal one. The clutch pieces were cut to 24 x 14 inch measurements and then I essentially winged construction but think it turned out really cute. While I was at it I thought I would also make some hair bows for my girls. So I’m really happy with my efforts and the scraps were literally scraps and went straight in the bin.

midi skirt with purse

 purse with bows  inside purse


One Mum, Two Kids …. Alone on a Plane

I made a dress for my friends wedding and the wedding was interstate although that will probably be in the next post. I ended up going on my own with my 2 kiddos, that’s a 3 1/2 hour plane flight. I got into preparation mode a few weeks before. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and planned away at what I could make or buy to keep them entertained. Sorry if this stuff doesn’t interest you but I thought I would post anyway in case it helps any parents out there for future travels and the things I made for flight sanity – mine, not theirs.

I found this great idea from Parrish Platz seen here and pretty much used her instructions to the letter and give her full credit for a practical and functional idea. I made 2 trays, one for each child, and I used this fairytale vinyl which lived in my stash which I think I bought as some stage to make a picnic playmat, obviously that didn’t happen and I had heaps to use.

fairy mat

The only thing I did differently was to sew on the velcro before the bias tape because I wanted a neat edge but having said that, it doesn’t stay together securely at the top, but I can live with that.

It doubled up as, actually trippled up as (1) a placemat for food and snacks, (2) a basket for beads and buttons and said snacks that rolled around and (3) a playmat as the roads and various fairytale pictures were great for the little dolls and ponies to make up a story and because I had 2 and cut them in order we were able to lay them flat to make longer roads. I had to buy the 2″ velcro and pink bias tape but I think we will get lots of uses for it at home and out and about anyway.

trays flat

trays folded 2

The next thing I made was an airplane tray table cover. It’s a great idea and I personalised each one for the appropriate ages of my children. Let me say these aren’t just for children as some “Executive” ones are listed on Etsy and some other variations which I call the deluxe models. The common theme when searching for inspiration and ideas is that there is a discrepency in sizes of tray tables amongst airlines. I used the biggest measurements I could find and made the side open so they could basically fit any width table.

The oldest is 3 and is into art/craft/drawing stuff so I made this one with a clear vinyl sleeve to use as a dry erase mat and also for storage for books and paper especially during meal and snack time (left cover). I added 3 pockets at the front to store crayons, paper and snacks. When the tray table is stowed up, the underside of the cover has some pockets also with an elasticised pocket to hold the drink bottle.

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Kiddo number 2 is 1 years old and not much interests her, unless it can be bitten or chewed, pesky teeth! Her cover was a more interactive one with inspiration taken from The Play-n-Go Tray Table cover by Starkids (right cover).

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I also made some separate quite pages using stiff felt as the backing which kept both the kids entertained.

quiet pages

If anyone is interested in making the tray table covers let me know and I can do another post about dimensions and brief instructions. This is the first time I tackled something like this so order of construction may not have been ideal. Other than packing lots of snacks and trying to rotate the toys around, things went pretty well. We landed safely and I didn’t pull any hair out. 🙂

I was planning on showing you the tray table covers in action however I lost my phone with the photos on them the day after I arrived interstate and was not a happy camper. You will just have to use your imagination. I think they were a success however as the two lovely air hostesses we had were curious and intrigued by the covers and the other activities I had planned for my kids and they are seasoned travelers themselves with young children of their own. Thumbs up all around!