Thursday, August 19, 2010

Craft Date

My dear friend, Katie, and I got together for our monthly crafting date this past Saturday. I spent most of my time quilting a mat that my students can use for the Montessori math materials. However, at the very end of our time, I whipped together a maternity skirt.

Here's what I did:
  1. I folded one yard of a stretchy knit in half (with right side matched to right side).
  2. I laid one of my stretchy skirts on top of it to use as a makeshift pattern.
  3. I cut around the edges and the bottom of the skirt (I forgot to leave a seam allowance--oops!).
  4. Then I sewed up the two sides of the skirt. I decided to leave the bottom unfinished because I was in a hurry and because the knit kind of rolls up anyway and creates a cute edge.
  5. Then I cut a long strip of fabric (it must be about a yard long and eight inches high) and sewed it onto the top of the skirt. I decided to create a side tie that would allow me to make the skirt tighter or looser as my pregnancy progresses.
  6. Voila!

Working with a knit was way easier than I imagined (probably because I didn't try to finish any of the edges). I've always been scared to work with it, but my design was very forgiving and hides a lot!

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Kim said...

you make that sound really easy, I think I will try it soon! not a maternity skirt, but still. Thanks!

L said...

I'd love to see pics of how it expands with you!

Kim said...

Since you folded it in half and then just sewed the sides, does that means it sort of creates the effect of an inside and outer layer since the bottom is open? I just want to be sure before I royally mess up ;)

bklyn76 said...

super cute! you should post pics as your belly grows!

um, and can you post your montessori math quilt too? :)

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi, bklyn76: I will post my Montessori math mat soon!

Hi, Kim: I forgot to mention that after I sewed up the two sides of the skirt, I turned it right-side out. The rough edges are on the inside like a normal skirt. Hope that helps!

Hi, L: Matt and I really need to get on the ball about taking my belly pictures. I've been waiting for some divine inspiration for some kind of unifying concept for each of the pictures, but I can't think of anything!

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