Happy Birthday to my niece! Today is her birthday; she is the same age as my oldest daughter (10 days apart). Unfortunately, I was stumped when it came to getting her a birthday gift. My kids had no ideas either; in fact my daughter does not know what she wants for her own birthday.
I went shopping a couple times, once on my own and once with the kids, nothing jumped out at us. My girl's love their Lucy skirts I made them: here and here (well, my youngest loves to look at it, and wear it for a minute or two) and my niece wears a lot of pretty clothes, so I decided to make one for her. It is a simple skirt, but very professional looking in my opinion.
That is where things started to go wrong. Yesterday evening I measured my daughter for reference. After cutting the fabric I realized it was way too short. To compensate I made the bottom hem 1/4". I did not like this, sloppy and I did not catch the fabric all the way around. I was not happy with myself. I could not gift out something that looked so horrible, my mind was still racing with options since her party was a mere 12 hours away.
It was bedtime for my kids and I was quickly trying to finish enough of the skirt to have my daughter try it on before bed. Well, here came the second problem...no elastic. I know it is in the house, but where? I did not find it. I will probably find it as soon as I walk in my house after work today.
Change of plans, the skirt was not working, no elastic, what to do. Circle jersey skirt. Yesterday I came across this blog entry on iCandy AND I had the perfect fabric at home. It went together beautifully. I put purple thread in my serger and did a rolled hem on the bottom of the skirt. It worked perfectly. I had a renewed sense of accomplishment.