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Blueberries For Sal Story Skirt

Blueberries For Sal story skirt

Blueberries For Sal story skirt

Monday I gave you a teaser for today’s post.  That was when I referenced the sewing event over at No Big Dill; Once Upon A Thread.  This theme of sewing up something inspired by a book is getting more and more common, but as with everything she does, Katy has brought elegance and sophistication to her event: Once Upon A Thread.

Blueberries for Sal story skirt

We really wanted to play along with Katy, this is our first time, but narrowing it down to one book was probably the hardest part!  Actually,  we narrowed it down to two books and hit our fabric stash to see what we had fabric for.

Blueberries for Sal story skirt

When we hit upon the blueberry fabric, we knew it couldn’t be anything but Blueberries For Sal.  And we had to make a story skirt, of course.  A while back when we purchased the Mara blouse and dress pattern, we also had the opportunity to buy another pattern from Compangie M. for a reduced price.  Naturally we had to get the Swing Skirt.  Combine Blueberries for Sal and the Swing Skirt, and you have a story skirt!

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal is illustrated all in blue on white background, so we had to go with a blue and white theme also.

Bears embroidery from Blueberries for Sal

Allegra embroidered Little Bear and his mother munching their way up Blueberry Hill.

Story skirt with blueberry pockets

The pockets were the perfect place to use the blueberry fabric.  (There was just enough blueberry fabric left for the pockets and the waistband facing.  Allegra had used the rest to make an apron like these a long time ago!)

Box pleat on story skirt

If Annie is Little Sal, and the bears are present on Blueberry Hill, where is Mother?  Do you see the white reverse box pleat?  That white fabric was leftover from making my wedding dress (an even longer time ago!)

Story skirt by Skirt Fixation

So this story skirt has all the characters of Blueberries for Sal, as well as the color scheme being inspired by Robert McCloskey’s illustrations.

Blue photo of story skirt

Just for fun, Allegra edited one of the photos to match the blue & white illustrations from Blueberries For Sal.

Back of story skirt

I followed the skirt pattern with almost no changes except for the back.  Since I was sewing from my stash of fabric and notions, I didn’t have an invisible zipper, so I changed the back slightly to have a regular zipper and a button and loop closure.  I had the cutest blueberry look alike button!

Blueberries for Sal story skirt

Are you familiar with Blueberries For Sal?  It’s the cutest little story about picking and eating blueberries.  There are some bears, mothers, Little Sal, and lots of blueberries!

Blueberries for Sal story skirt

What children’s books inspire you?  How would you translate them with needle and thread?

Make it beautiful,


11 thoughts on “Blueberries For Sal Story Skirt

  1. Oh, this is a great skirt! I love the detailing. The bear embroidery is just perfect.

  2. That’s a wonderful skirt! Love the fabric choices and the embroidered bears!

  3. I love this! Blueberries for Sal was one of my favorite books when I was little, and I love how you put it all into a skirt– the color of the illustrations, the blueberry pockets, and especially the embroidered bears! It’s beautiful. And Annie makes a great Little Sal. 🙂

  4. Wow! You did a wonderful job on the skirt! Blueberries for Sal was one of my favorite books growing up and I still love reading it to my siblings. The embroidery is beautiful and the blueberry pockets add the perfect touch.

  5. What a beautiful skirt to go with a great book! That is one of our favorites too (and One Morning in Maine).
    I love that you worked on it with Allegra.

  6. On my goodness, that is one of my all time favorite books & the skirt is darling! I love the embroidery of Mother & baby bear.

  7. We love Blueberries for Sal–how fun that you had that blueberry fabric to make the perfect story skirt!

  8. That’s such a cute skirt, love the white pannel. =D

  9. I love this so much! The book is wonderful and you did a great job capturing the essence of it. Very inspiring!

  10. Oh wow, I love that book so much, and this skirt complements it perfectly!!!

  11. […] you sewing along with Kids Clothes week?  What storybooks inspire you?  Did you see Annie’s book inspired skirt?  Don’t worry, she’s getting something this week too!  After all, the Mom and 7 kids […]

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