Sew & Tell: Winter Party Skirts

Our whole house has been sick for over a week, but I think we’re finally getting better.  At least Yuki is better and that makes things waaay easier.  I’m trying to get back into a blogging schedule and this week I have at least two projects to share with you.

This year for my sister’s birthday, I told her I’d make her a skirt as her present.  So we found this tutorial from Creative Spaces for a party skirt and went fabric shopping.  I took her to my favorite fabric store in the city, Peapod Fabrics, and she picked out this gorgeous Japanese fabric that just screamed AUTUMN.  It was perfect.

I like to call this color burnt butterscotch.  It’s such a rich warm color.

It took me forever to actually make, so instead of being an autumn skirt, it ended up being a winter skirt.  But I finally finished it and decided to make Yuki a little matching number with leftover fabric.  Yuki’s has a flat front, elastic waist in the back and ties for a bow that can be tied in the front OR back.  My sister’s has a zipper in the back and a removable sash that can be tied in the front, back or taken off completely.  The only thing I forgot to add is pockets!!  It would have been a great addition.

These pictures are of the kid’s version of the skirt.

Here’s some pictures from our Auntie-Niece photoshoot!

Happy Belated Birthday to my sister, Julie.  Isn’t she beautiful?  I swear, she got the beauty, the brains, and the heart.  She’s absolutely amazing.  Best sister and fantastic aunt to Yuki.  AND she lives close to us.  We’re so lucky!

In shop news, I’m really starting to feel the pressure as holiday shopping season officially has begun.  I think I’m abandoning my “grand opening” idea and planning on just opening the shop with one or two items and adding more as I have them.  I’ll keep you all updated, but here’s a secret – the kid’s version of this skirt (with pockets) will be available in the shop!

Featured: Pumpkin Crafts

Fall is officially here!  There are so many things that I love about the fall.  The colors, the weather, the leaves, the clothes, and the pumpkins, OH, the pumpkins!!  I love the way they look, the way they smell (unless they’re rotting on your porch) AND the way they taste.  So today I thought I’d share some craft tutorials that I’ve stumbled across recently that are inspired by those oh-so-autumny, fun, orange pumpkins.

No-Sew Fabric Pumpkin
Here’s a quick and easy project that you could use to decorate your home, desk or even use as a centerpiece.  No sewing involved!  I’m thinking about modifying this project to do with my kids at school.

Halloween Hats
One of my favorite crafty bloggers, Delia Creates, did a guest post on Project Run and Play.  Two awesome blogs combined?  Win!  You could sport this as a casual costume, use it to top off a full pumpkin costume, or if you’re just that hip, you can wear on a regular day as a autumn accessory.  And she shows you how to make a witch’s hat and a sunflower too.

Pumpkin Pincushion
Based off the traditional tomato pincushion, Ellen from The Long Thread, created a functional and adorable pumpkin pincushion.  I’d love to have this lil guy sitting next to my machine year round!  These make equally sweet decorations if you want to gift it to someone who doesn’t sew.

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial
This craft is so sweet and simple, I bet you can whip up a whole pumpkin patch in no time.  It’s another great project to do with kids, too.

Book Page Pumpkin
Here’s a fun way to repurpose an old book.  I don’t know if I have any that I’d be able to part with, but if you have an outdated dictionary or something, you could probably make several!

Anyways, I hope you have fun with these crafts.  It’s nice knowing that there are tons of fabric and paper crafts, and a lot of them don’t require any sewing!  The materials are pretty basic too – you might even have everything in your home already!  If you find any other awesome fall crafts, please share them with me!