This month's theme is skirts, so that was the kickstart that I needed to finally complete this project that I've had sitting in my messy craft closet for well over 6 months:
I started with this cute skirt that I've had since high school (and probably haven't ironed since then either, judging from the wrinkles...):
High school really wasn't long ago on the calendar, but as far as changing body types go -- after college and a baby -- it may as well have been a different lifetime, you know?
I held out hope that I'd be able to wear this skirt again because I loved it so much. I gave up hope when this past summer, at the fittest I've ever been in my LIFE... it still didn't fit. More accurately: it fit in the waist, but not in the hips.
Hmm... apparently this is why (most) moms can't shop in the juniors section any more -- we actually have HIPS. I have no problem with my mom-body (at least most days ;) and its accompanying hips, so I didn't want to be the mom-in-denial who was still trying to squeeze into the skinny-hip skirt. But I also didn't want to let go of the skirt because it is my favorite spring and summer skirt.
So, I dismantled the skirt
made and inserted box-pleated panels
(more-or-less following the instructions from Cook Clean Craft)
and added a nice (tapered) knit waistband
to accommodate the growing bump that is housing this little one:
And don't worry... you won't see this little floating baby thing probably ever again because I think this widget is CREEPY. Did you see you can even tickle the baby? And it laughs? Creepy.The finished skirt fits great and will be fantastic to wear all warm-weather-season long!
I have many plans for adding similar box-pleats to a couple other skirts that I'd love to have fit my hips again, and for the next five months in particular. :)
And, speaking of box-pleats, my friend Aubrielle from Black Persephone just posted an awesome tutorial for this super cute (and easy) box-pleat top:
Don't you just LOVE it? The top is part of her El Cheapo event where she has shared these awesome under $5 crafts:
|Personalized photo frame|
Natural green wreath
Reusable gingerbread house
A true SCRAP book
Microwave birthday brownies
And, to finish it out, she's giving away TWO of the crafts to two randomly chosen readers -- just pop on over and tell her which is your favorite!