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Skirting The Issue Update #2

Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

We have such a fun post for you today! A couple of months back, we asked a friend of ours who does missionary work in Ecuador if any of the little girls in Ecuador would like or need skirts. She said that yes, they would love to know that girls in America are thinking of them, and she sent us a list of the ages of sixteen little girls. Wow!!!Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

We used this sizing chart from Simple Simon and Co to figure out waist and length sizes, but sized them down a bit, as girls in Ecuador tend to be a bit smaller than American girls.Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

Before our friends came, we picked out fabric from our stash. We wanted something bright and fun, that the girls would love to wear, so we picked out patterned cotton fabrics. We also picked out bias tape to bind the hem with, and some decorative rick-rack or ribbons.

Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationIn the end, we only had to buy one spool of thread and two packages of bias tape! How is that for using stash materials?!?!

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We also cut out the fabric before our friends came, so it would be easier to sew up all the skirts in a day.Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationWe used the FREE Lazy Days skirt pattern from Oliver+S to make these skirts.  It is a great pattern for beginners.Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationOn the day of sewing, we set up stations, and then began. There were 8 of us girls, so we each made 2 skirts. A few of our friends had never sewn before, so we got to help them learn with this first easy skirt project!  Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationWe all made 1 skirt before lunch, and then after a quick lunch break, everyone was able to make their 2nd skirt pretty much on their own! I (Allegra) did end up making most of Annie’s 2nd skirt as she was the youngest girl in attendance!Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationWe had two ironing stations, and the first thing we did was iron the waistband. Using an ironing guide card, we ironed over first ¼ inch, then 1 inch.Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

Then, at the multiple sewing machines we had set up, we sewed the piece of fabric into a tube, and sewed the waistband down.

Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationThe next step was to pink the one seam’s edges.Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationNext step was to pull elastic through the waistband.  Then we sewed the elastic together, and the waistband shut.Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationThe next step was binding the hem using bias tape or lace. The smaller bias tape was very hard to work with for the littler girls, but they did just fine when they had wider bias tape to work with.Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationThe last step was sewing the decorative ribbon or rickrack onto the skirt above the hem, and then each skirt was done!Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationAfter they were all done, we sewed ribbon tags into the waistband with the size of the skirt, and the initials of the girl who’d made it.Skirting the Issue by Skirt FixationWe made sizes Newborn to Ten, and the newborn and size one skirts are pretty adorable! Since they’re also pretty short, mom used the MADE Everyday bloomer tutorial to make four little matching diaper covers.Skirt Fixation for Skirting the IssueOverall we are pretty satisfied. This project was fun in all sorts of ways! We got to spend a day sewing with our friends, make little Ecuadorean girls happy, and contribute to Skirting The Issue. It’s a win-win-win situation!!!

Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

Here are the skirts by size:

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Size 2 skirts

Skirt Fixation makes skirt for Skirting The Issue

Size 3/4 skirts

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Size 5 skirts

Skirt Fixation makes skirt for Skirting The Issue

Size 9/10 skirt.  We challenged 2 of the older girls to include pockets on their 2nd skirt, so this skirt, and the next skirt pictured both have pockets!

Skirting the Issue by Skirt Fixation

There’s one last fun little story. This blue and orange skirt, size seven, is made from hand-sun-printed fabric, which was made by women in Africa! So the African fabric is made into a skirt by American girls, and sent to Ecuador! That is a pretty special, world-traveling item!

6 thoughts on “Skirting The Issue Update #2

  1. I find it delightful that the African fabric is made into a skirt by American girls, and sent to Ecuador. It just goes to prove that people on this earth can work together for the good of all! Great job on your skirts.
    Deborah

  2. […] of all, we gave away 23 skirts this year!  Over 1/2 of those were from the awesome skirt sewing event we held in July.  That was definitely a highlight of this […]

  3. […] in the mail from our friend in Ecuador.  She had taken photos of the little girls in the skirts we made them for Skirting The Issue and the girls in Ecuador had made a card for our girls that sewed the skirts.  Talk about heart […]

  4. […] the answer is mixed!  We’ve been sewing a lot from our woven fabric stash.  For example, all 16 of the skirts we made for Skirting the Issue came from the stash.  And lately, we’ve developed a new strategy, which […]

  5. […] say you know someone who sews.  Ask them to teach you!  We’ve gladly taught others to sew, and you’ll find most seamstress glad to share their knowledge.  This is the oldest, and […]

  6. […] Probably the fastest Oliver + S skirt to sew, you could sew a whole bunch of these (like we did for Skirting The Issue). This skirt is also a great skirt for embellishing, like we did for our Chess […]

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