Friday, September 28, 2012

Red Rover Skirt

So for Project Run and Play's week 3 challenge: the White Sheet, I was of course focusing on my boys.  But then I took a look at my twin sheet and realized that not only was there enough material for two sports coats (yep, I have enough grey for B's jacket and a section I dyed blue - just couldn't get it pulled together for the competition), but there was a section left over that would be just enough for a skirt for baby girl!!!

While I knew with the suit coats that I wanted to disguise the fact that this was ever ever ever a white sheet, I thought that for baby girl's skirt I could use the white to my advantage.

By using the top of the sheet, I scored a pre-finished 4 inch hem - love having some of the work done for me!!!  Then I started thinking about what I wanted to make.  The idea hit me out of the blue - a hand embroidered skirt with stick figure kids all holding hands and OBVIOUSLY playing Red Rover.  I know kids in lots of areas aren't allowed to play this great game anymore, but it was one of my favorites growing up.  I love red - so red embroidery seemed the perfect fit.  I used a skirt of baby girls that I love as a general guideline, but made this a bit longer and bigger so that it can fit her through the winter and hopefully into next spring (the back has elastic).

Without my mom, this would have remained only and idea.  For starters, I have NEVER done any hand embroidery work.  For another thing, I didn't have any way of transferring my design tot he cloth, and I knew I couldn't free hand it and have it come out right.  In steps super-mom.  She has a cool pen that stays until you
wet the fabric.  I handed over my design and fabric for her to draw on the design so that I could then sew on top of the lines.  We decided that to get the embroidery done in time we would each do a half of the skirt.  Next thing I know she shows up with the fabric all DONE!!!  Well so much for me learning hand embroidery ;o)

The shirt has two layers, the stitching is only on the top of the four inch hem - so it can't snag from underneath, and a little ribbon on the front.

Hopefully I'll get better pics on baby girl down the road, but I finished it last night and today is dark and rainy.  Oh well, I made the deadline (with a lot of help from the world's best mom).


  1. Brilliant idea!!! LOVE your stick figure embroidery.

  2. great great great! I loooove things like this!
    thanks for visiting my blog :)