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!!!
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.
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.
We also cut out the fabric before our friends came, so it would be easier to sew up all the skirts in a day.We used the FREE Lazy Days skirt pattern from Oliver+S to make these skirts. It is a great pattern for beginners.On 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! We 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!We 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.
Then, at the multiple sewing machines we had set up, we sewed the piece of fabric into a tube, and sewed the waistband down.
The next step was to pink the one seam’s edges.Next step was to pull elastic through the waistband. Then we sewed the elastic together, and the waistband shut.The 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.The last step was sewing the decorative ribbon or rickrack onto the skirt above the hem, and then each skirt was done!After 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.We 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.Overall 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!!!
Here are the skirts by size:
Size 2 skirts
Size 3/4 skirts
Size 5 skirts
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!
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!